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Nakajima KI 43 1 `Oscar` (for 3D Studio Max)
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• Uploaded on: 9/20/07
• System Requirements: Windows/ Mac, 3D Studio Max
• File Format: 3D Studio Max
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• Texturing: Combination
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The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa ("Peregrine Falcon") was a single-engined land-based fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II. The army designation was "Type 1 Fighter"; the Allied codename was Oscar. The total production of the Ki-43 was 5,919 aircraft.
The Ki-43 was the most widely-used Army fighter, and equipped 30 sentai (groups) and 12 chutais (squadrons). The first version, Mark I, entered service in 1941, the Mark II in December 1942, the II-Kai in June 1943, and the Mark IIIa in the summer of 1944.
Like the Zero, the Ki-43 initially enjoyed air superiority in the skies of Malaya, Netherlands East Indies, Burma and New Guinea. This was partly to do with the better performance of the Japanese fighters and the small numbers of Allied fighters in Asia and the Pacfiic when war began. However, as the war progressed, the plane suffered from the same weaknesses as the Ki-27 and the Mitsubishi Zero; light armor and less-than-effective self-sealing tanks, which caused high casualties in combat. Its armament - two machine guns - also proved inadequate against the heavily armoured Allied planes. As newer Allied planes were introduced, such as the Vought Corsair and the Hellcat, the Japanese were forced into a defensive war and most planes were flown by inexperienced pilots.
The Ki-43 also served in an air defense role over Formosa, Okinawa and the Japanese home islands. Some examples were supplied to the pro-Japanese countries of Thailand, Manchukuo and Wang Jingwei Government as well. The Thai units sometimes fought against the USAAF in southern China..
Hayabusa was well liked in the JAAF because of its pleasant flight characteristics and excellent manouevreability, and almost all JAAF fighter aces claimed victories with Hayabusa in some part of their career. In the end of the war most Hayabusa units received instead Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate ("Frank") equipment, but some units flew Hayabusa to the end of the war. The top scorer with Hayabusa was Sgt. Satoshi Anabuki with 59 victories.
After the war some examples served in limited numbers in the French Air Force in Indochina against communist rebels.
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This model is a 3DMax model, saved in version 7 as a MAX file, and requires 3DMax or Gmax to open the model. It does not include any other formats to allow it to be opened in any other software. The model is rigged where appropriate, and mapped and textured.
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