This aircraft paper model is a Nakajima Ki-44 fighter, a single-engine fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II, the papercraft was designed by etsutan. The type first flew in August 1940 and entered service in 1942. The Allied reporting name was “Tojo“; the Japanese Army designation was “Army Type 2 Single-Seat Fighter”.
It was less maneuverable than its predecessor, the nimble Ki-43, and pilots disliked its poor visibility on the ground, its higher landing speed, and severe restrictions on maneuvering. Yet, it was obvious the Ki-44 was clearly superior overall as a combat aircraft compared to the Ki-43. As an interceptor it could match Allied types in climbs and dives, giving pilots more flexibility in combat and greater pilot confidence than the Ki-43. Moreover, the basic armament (including in a few aircraft with two Ho-301 40 mm cannons of limited performance but more commonly additional two 12.7mm machine guns or two 20mm cannon) was far superior to the older Ki-43′s two 12.7mm Mgs. These characteristics made the fighter despite performance restrictions at altitude, a useful B-29 Superfortress interceptor and one of the Japanese High Command priorities during the last year of war. However, like most of the Japanese aircraft flown in the last part of the war, the low availability of properly trained pilots made them easy targets for experienced, aggressive, and well trained Allied pilots flying superior aircraft. For more information please click on: Nakajima Ki-44 Shōki.
- Crew: one, pilot
- Length: 8.84 m (29 ft)
- Wingspan: 9.45 m (31 ft 01 in)
- Height: 3.12 m (10 ft 23 in)
- Wing area: 15 m² (161 ft²)
- Empty weight: 2,105 kg (4,641 lb)
- Loaded weight: 2,764 kg (6,094 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 2,995 kg (6,602 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Nakajima Ha-109 Army Type 2 fourteen cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 1,133 kW (1,519 hp)
- Maximum speed: 605 km/h (376 mph)
- Cruise speed: 400 km/h (249 mph)
- Stall speed: 150 km/h (93 mph)
- Range: 1,700 km (1,060 mi)
- Service ceiling: 11,200 m (36,750 ft)
- Rate of climb: 5,000 m–4 min 17 sec (3,940 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 200 kg/m² (41 lb/ft²)
- Power/mass: 0.38 kW/kg (0.13 hp/lb)
- 4× 12.7 mm (.50 in) Ho-103 machine guns, two synchronized cowl mounted (perhaps 657 rpm rate each), and one in each wing (900 rpm rate of fire each), 760 rounds in all. The 12.7×81 cartridge propelled the 35.4 g AP bullet 760 m/s, the 38 g HE 796 m/s, and the 33 g HE (2.2%) 770 m/s, with an effective firing range of 750 m. Not always reliable.
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