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What the Hack !? Painting of Ki-61 Hien "Tony" with Skids !!!

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    Default What the Hack !? Painting of Ki-61 Hien "Tony" with Skids !!!

    Hi Guys,

    This is something new and bizarre for me, at least.

    This came from x-bay and there is a painting of IJA fighter Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien "Tony" with skids !

    I've never seen or heard of such variation before, at the bottom right corner wrote December, 1943. At Okadama (Hokkaido) Air Base.

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    What do you guys think???

    Regards,
    Taka

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    I like it a lot Taka-san ! A lot of history going way back hundreds of years is gleaned from period artwork and paintings such as dress style and ways of life in those times ! I think this could be a clever local winter variation , same as they would use in say , the Arctic ! It certainly doesn't look out of place ! tThanks for showing this
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Quote by Alan M View Post
    I like it a lot Taka-san ! A lot of history going way back hundreds of years is gleaned from period artwork and paintings such as dress style and ways of life in those times ! I think this could be a clever local winter variation , same as they would use in say , the Arctic ! It certainly doesn't look out of place ! tThanks for showing this
    Thank you Alan-san !

    If this is a genuine variation, that will be a new discovery !

    Very interesting, indeed!

    Merry Christmas !!

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    I was reading on the ww2aircraft.net website that many countries had military aircraft on skis. The one mention of a Japanese plane being on them was for the Ki-51 Sonya, so it is entirely plausible for the Ki-61 to have been so developed also. Quite interesting-something I had never considered before. Not only small fighters but some very large planes like the US C-130 were also ski equipped.
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    I have seen a picture of a Ki-43 Oscar on skis,it was said to have been used in Manchuoko.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    I've seen one as well.

    However, they need a longer run-way in order to take off.

    I forgot which Japanese aircraft, when the skids were installed, the weight was increased that in won't able to take off, just basically skiing on the snow.

    That' s why adding skis was a short-lived method.

    Regards,
    Taka

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    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Nice one zwerge, thanks !

    I was searching with "Japanese aircraft with skis", and couldn't find any.

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    Cheers!
    Taka

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