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 Beginner Kit"
Miguel G.T (Colombia)
This beautiful plane was the best japanese fighter of ww2. The kit has very few parts and is very easy for assembly. The detail is a bit lacking but acceptable for its cheap price. The amount of imperfection in the parts of the kit is minimal, so sanding is almost not required. The decals are very good in quality. Overall this is a must for any beginner that wishes to learn and experiment with a cheap plane kit.

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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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"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.

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
I just started work on this model on 5/7 and have just about completed it. This is my second Tamiya kit for this particular aircraft. I really enjoy working Tamiya models, but I have to say I'll never buy another one of this particular model. The first one had missing clear parts. This one has missing parts: nose prop cover, fuel tank.

"Decals are great!"
Not only i this another example that Tamiya is possibly the tops in the model airplane business, but the decal sheet is the best ive seen for any plane YET! There are enough decals for three different versions, which includes enough red sun decals for three versions! So, when my zero red suns kinda failed on me, I used red suns from the Frank. Then used them on my Frank and STILL have enough leftoveer for another Japnese fighter if anything goes wrong! As for the model itself, its perfect, no gaps, limited scraping and sanding, if any, and paint schemes are great. Pics to come!


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

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