Ki-43 I 1st Sentai, Burma, late 1942

The 1st Sentai moved into Burma from bases in Indo-China in the Autumn of 1942.
This immaculately finished Oscar of the 3rd Chutai is depicted in a bright green and tea scheme, described in contemporary RAF combat reports, which appears to have been quite common to JAAF units in the theatre and was also seen on early Model IIšs.  Camouflaged at the front, possibly using captured paint, the original anti-glare panel has been painted over.  Undersurfaces are natural metal except for fabric areas which are painted grey-green.

Reference: photographs on pages 38 & 42 of FAOW  13

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