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Those 1:144 Planes at Wal-Mart

Nakajima KI-84 Hayate
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

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Yes, though it differs slightly from the production model – some of the painting details are lost, and no bombs/drop tanks/whatever those things under the wings are.

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It's fairly unusual for a gamer to be able to walk into a mass-market retailer - such as Wal-Mart - and find something he can put on the wargaming table. However, that has all changed since the 1:144 scale pre-painted products from 21st Century Toys have gained wider distribution.

For instance, here is the Classic Aircraft Nakajima KI-84 Hayate:

Classic Aircraft packaging

When you slice through the tape holding the package shut, you can then open the flap, then open two hangar-style doors, and remove the package's contents:

Hayate on stand

Gamers, of course, aren't content to leave the aircraft on its display stand - but don't try pulling it off! Instead, flip the base over...

Flipped over

...and in the center, you'll see a screw head at the bottom of a long hole.

Look inside the hole...

Loose the screw, then pop the plane off the base!