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Havate Frank

A plane which since July 1932 the Nakajima Aircraft Mfg. Company had designed and manufactured for trial under the name of KI-84 was officially adopted in April 1944 by the Army as the Fighter Type 4 "Hayate" and the mass production was started. The number of the Hayate produced by the end of World War II totaled about 3,500 which ranks next to that of the Zero and the Hayabusa but is the largest in the Japanese aircraft history in view of the number produced in about a year. The performance of the Hayate was equal to, or higher than that of the Allies' fighters of those days. This was the first fighter worthy of the name having excellent speed (climbing ability), firepower and maneuverability that became available to the Army. Those days when Japan feared she might lose the command of the air even over Japan proper, the Hayate called "the Decisive fighter to turn the fate of the Greater East Asia" was accepted by fighter units with hopes as a new fighter to beat enemy combat planes. It made its first campaign over Central China as a member of the 22nd Air Flotilla.

Tamiya Havate Frank Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61013
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.4cm)
  • Length: 8-1/4" (20.7cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61013
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"Nice, simple kit of sleek Japanese fighter"
rockykeele (Tucson, AZ)
Tamiya's Havate Frank is a simple, but nice, kit of one of the fastest fighters of WWII. Part count is low and interior detail is a bit simplistic, but the kit builds up into a nice representation for minimal cost. The kit features mostly raised panel lines, with a few engraved lines around the control surfaces. Cleanup was minimal, with only a few ejector pin marks that needed filing. The kit comes with markings for five or six different planes. Some of these are home defense planes, some are foreign occupation planes. Paint schemes range from silver overall, to dark green on top and light blue, or blueish gray underneath. The few decals were on the thick side, and it took several applications of solvaset before they settled down around panel lines. There is a seated pilot as well as a standing pilot, so that was a nice touch. The canopy comes in three pieces and you have the option of leaving it open, or of closing it up. Overall, I would recommend the kit to anyone that is looking for a simple, but fun build with nice quality parts all around.

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  • Markings included for 4 different aircraft.
  • Appx. 50 parts in light grey and clear with raised and recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed Hoshi engine and cowling, wheel wells and main landing gear.
  • Four blade prop can be made to rotate.
  • Cockpit detail: seat, cockpit tub, rear bulkhead, sidewalls, decal for instrument faces, and seated pilot figure.
  • Fuselage drop tank included.
  • Allied code name "Frank".


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.4cm)
  • Length: 8-1/4" (20.7cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61013


1/48 Havate Frank kit

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"Tamiya Frank 1/48"
This is one sweet little kit and one that I greatly enjoyed making. There was very little flash on the parts, and for a very inexpensive kit it was very detailed. Parts fit very well with only minor adjustments. The only putty I used were on the fuselage/wing seams and these seams sanded down very nicely with a sheet of sandpaper and a little concentration. As noted in other reviews, the decals that come with this kit are excellent in their range....also, the decals were extremely easy to apply. All in all, this is one very nice little kit with a great amount of detail, ease of assembly and a great price tag.

"they know how to tell you how."
This is a beginners kit ; outside of the lack of interest for a young American boy in a Japanese fighter today, I would recommend for that purpose. It is also a very good fitting kit, easy to assemble. It is also a very simple kit, where it might be more detailed. but then it wouldn't be 11.00 or so. Tamiya's pricing scale is the widest I have ever seen; from great values like this, to incredibly expensive Storchs Hard to understand, if you don't have the money for these kits. However there is something striking about this Tamiya kit; the instructions. I have never, ever, seen any better anywhere, anyhow, any way, especially given the kits simplicity. They did not treat the builder as at any level; they just clearly and in painstaking detail explained and illustrated each step. I dearly wish some of the more complex difficult, and detailed kits I have built in the last year were half as good. You are never too old, or experienced, to learn a better way. I will soon enough. go for a more expensive kit on my wish list, to see if they are good in that situation.

"Ki-84 Frank..."
This is a simple kit which can be built over a couple of days if one so desires. There are not a lot of parts and construction is fairly straight forward. Fit of the parts is excellent and only a small amount of putty on my kit was required with most of this being in the nose area and directly behind the cockpit along the top. The cockpit is very simple and looks good when this aircraft is all buttoned up. It is a small cockpit and if one includes the pilot which I did very little is to be seen so the sparsity of detail is not important. The decal sheet is superb with plenty of options, 4 different aircraft markings being supplied. If I were to criticize the decals, they may be a bit thick but with careful application they look good. The instruction sheet is a direct translation from Japanese so it may read a bit different but it is very understandable. Overall this kit looks great for the money that one spends. It is a nice model to add to your collection and one that will not break the bank to add to your display shelf. Cheers, Jeff


  • Single sheet of decals contains aircraft code letters, serial
  • numbers, national insignia, stencils, and cockpit instruments for
  • four aircraft

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