Initial shortcomings of the Nakajima Ki-43 were its lack of armor protection for the pilot and fuel tanks, plus the aircraft being equipped with only two 12.7 mm machine guns. Later models had a more powerful engine, armor, and self sealing fuel tanks. One version was even produced with clipped wings for even better maneuverability.
Eventually over 5,900 Nakajima Ki-43 aircraft of all types were produced. They were the most numerous fighters used by the Japanese army during World War II. Only the Japanese Zero, used by their navy, was produced in greater numbers.
RC Nakajima Ki-43
The RC Nakajima Ki-43 ARF from Hangar 9 has an 88 in. wingspan with a 74 1/2 in. length. Included is your choice of a DLE 61 CC or Saito FG90R3 radial gas engine and retracts. Ready to fly weight should be around 27 lbs.
The RC Nakajima Ki-43 ARF from Alfa Model has a wingspan of 33 3/4 in. and a length of 29 1/2 in. A favorite motor for power is the MP Jet 28/7-35D.
The RC Nakajima Ki-43 from Timo Startkloff plans is 1:12 scale, with a wingspan of 35.5 in. and a length of 29.5 in. It can be either motor or engine powered. All up weight is around 28 oz.
Gus Morfis has RC Nakajima Ki-43 plans. They build to a 30 in wingspan.