Lifelike Decals

1/48 Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Part 1 decal sheet

Product # 48-041

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Dec 19 2012



This latest release from Lifelike Decals features five different Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa's.  This is Part 1 of  a series dealing with the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa with the Japanese  from Oct 1942 in Vietnam to 1945. 

The 5 aircraft include a huge variety of camo schemes and colorful markings.

  • Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Type I flown by Major Kinshiro Takeda, Commander of 1st Sentai, Hanoi AB/Indo-China (Vietnam) in Oct 1942. 

  • Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Type II Otsu of the 23rd Sentai 2nd Chutai, Inba AB/Chiba in 1945. 

  • Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Type I flown by Major Tadashi Ishikawa, commander of 50th Sentai, Toungoo South AB/Burma in January 1943.

  • Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Type I flown by Sgt. Satoshi Anabuki of the 50th Sentai 3rd Chutai, Toungoo South AB/Burma on January 16 1943.

  • Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Type II Kou flown by M. Sgt. Akira Sugimoto, 54th Sentai 3rd Chutai, Kitanodi AB/Paramushiru Island/Northern Chishima, end of 1943.


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The quality of these decals is excellent.  The decals themselves are clearly printed and in perfect register on both decal sheets.  The instruction sheets are easy to follow.

The selection of camo and markings on this decal sheet is very exciting. 

You can purchase these decals either directly from Lifelike Decals at fax number is +81-3-5680-6733, and e-mail is or from HobbyLink Japan.    

Other shops that stock Life like Decals are *Hannants/UK, *Mister Kit/Italy, *Revi (publisher)/Czech Republic, *SkyGrid/Canada, *Roll Models/USA, *Great Models Webstore/USA, *FlightDecs/Canada, *Victory Models/USA
*M & Models/USA, *
Zed Hobbies/Australia, *AB &S Enterprise/Australia, *Desert Miniature/USA 

I would like to thank Lifelike Decals for providing me with this product sample.

Steve Bamford


Photos and text by Steve Bamford