Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar"
All Artwork is by other Artist.
Research by Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
I will add the development and history of the Oscar here in the future.
In the mean time below I have images I scanned from a plastic model magazine from 1970. When I was in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades I was into plastic modeling. And now that I look back, I had all these cool Japanese color schemes and only built a few Japanese aircraft in total. However I have the model kits I bought back in 1970. I do have kits of these fighters and several bombers. I wish I had time to build the models and I wish I had the time to paint one of these fighters one day.
The Oscar was a successful fighter except when it came upon an American pilot. I do not want to rant again about the fact that the Japanese choose to leave off protection for the pilot and engine area. Just self-sealing gas tanks would have brought some of their experienced pilots home and not let them die.
I like the "tiger like" stripes of light green over a darker green.
Paint schemes like this were most literally done with mops or with sponges. The dark green is mottled over the metal skin.
The Germans would add mottled colors with an airbrush. This is why the German fuselage mottle schemes always look so "soft" and blend so well with its background color. However when the fighter was too far away to send to a paint shop, the ground crew would apply what ever color they wanted with sponges or mops.
This fighter has the top painted dark green with either a light gray or bare metal fuselage bottom and wing surfaces. The dark green is accented with the yellow wing edges and the three fuselage bands. We have white, red and white leading edge of the tail. This combination of colors and accent strips do show an "air" of authority. As you can see this is the Commanders fighter.
The Commander will always have the hottest fighter in the group and still meet regulations.
The three profiles above are by an artist named Sydney P. Chivers.
This is a great 3-view of the Oscar. I would love to do a 3-view painting of one of these Japanese aircraft with these mottle color schemes. I would arrange my artwork differently than the image above on my canvas.
I am adding these images to my web site as a tribute to these aircraft that I have not had the time to pursue and paint myself. I was always fascinated with the many different Japanese fighters and bombers. The way they were camouflaged was standard but the squadron identification is bold.
If there is anyone who would like for me to paint for you one of these killer fighters please let me know. I will do you a good job. Plus I will publish a print of the artwork if you like.
Japanese aircraft has not been as popular as other aircraft. Even though there is a niche market for Japanese aircraft these will make for excellent presentations of the Japanese arsenal.
These color schemes are wonderful. The Japanese pilot flew into combat in an aircraft that has been decorated with much zeal. The profiles above are out of a book which I scanned years and years ago. I can not remember what book these images come from but all art above is by other artist of which I salute you for your efforts.
Would you like to commission an original painting of your favorite Japanese fighter or bomber? As of this date, July 17, 2011, your time for ordering an original painting of your favorite aircraft or ship is short. I can paint only so many hours a day. There are only seven days in a week. I will never be able to paint everything I want so help me out and let's plan something.
I would like to add more Japanese fighters and bombers to my series of famous aircraft. These pilots, their crews, and their ground crews deserve to be honored.
It would be even more special if a Japanese citizen was to sponsor this artwork and printing.
It is not that expensive and I will do you a good job.
The price for a two foot by four foot painting is $1,400.00.
You can honor a special pilot, squadron or both.
You will own an original painting by a nationally known artist.
You will also own an original painting that a print was published from. How cool is that?!?
Plus as a gift you will receive fifty of the prints for you to share with family, friends or business clients.
I am a proud American looking for a job.
I am, at your service. Sir Hamilton
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Posted August 2, 2008
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