The L.O.O.T.M. Archive

Lust Object of the Month

January 2009


A wartime photo of a pair of Ki-100s.  Note the cut down rear fuselages and teardrop canopies for better rear vision.  More photos here:

KI-100 Photos

A very nice computer rendering of three Ki-100s.  Note the original higher back to the fuselage.  More of these "skins" may be found here:

"Skins"

During the Pacific campaigns of WWII, bomber crews reported attacks by Japanese fighters bearing a resemblance to German and Italian aircraft.  US Military did not believe the reports at first, discounting the idea that the Japanese were flying fighters with an in-line engine.  But the reports proved to be true and the Ki-61 Hien, code named "Tony", became a very real threat.

But as the war dragged on, the supply of in-line engines could not match the output of the Kawasaki factory.  When faced with the problem on what to do with the extra airframes, the solution was simple--mate the airframes to the Mitsubishi Ha-112 twin-row 14 cylinder, 1500 HP radial engine.  As happens in wartime, and with a bit of luck, the resulting aircraft proved to be a very capable and formidable fighter, tangling with the Grumman F-6F "Wildcat" on fairly equal terms.

    The January LOOTM, the Kawasaki Ki-100.  Enjoy!

 

    For more information on this outstanding airplane, check the following sites:

 

Information on the Ki-100  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Ki-100

 

Trace the lineage of the Ki-61 and Ki-100  http://www.vectorsite.net/avhien.html

 

More about both the -61 and -100

http://www.xs4all.nl/~fbonne/warbirds/ww2htmls/kasaki61.html

http://www.xs4all.nl/~fbonne/warbirds/ww2htmls/kasaki100.html

 

One more page about the Ki-100  http://www.aviastar.org/air/japan/kawasaki_ki-100.php