A6M2-N Rufe                

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Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe

Scale 1:33
Author: Lukasz Fuczek
File Size: 26.5Mb
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Pilot: CPO Eitoku Matsunaga, 8 victories
934th Kokutai
Banda Sea/ Ambon Island
September 1943-1944
Model also contains transport cart for the plane.

Price $12.00

Model # 070

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Technical data:
  Length 10.10 m    
  Span 12.00 m    
  Engine 1 x Nakajima NK1C Sakae 12, 950hp
  Max Speed 436 km/h    
  Armament 2 x 20mm Type 99 cannons and 2 x 7.7mm Type 97 machine guns
  Range 1,782km    
  Crew 1    
     Japan was the only nation to produce and deliver into service float-equipped single-seat interceptor fighter seaplanes. When in 1940 the Japanese navy initiated the design of a new interceptor seaplane (Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu), the need was also expressed for a stopgap aircraft and the Nakajima was instructed in February 1941 to develop a float-equipped version of the excellent Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero naval interceptor. Imperial Japanese Navy recognized that in the inevitable 'island-hopping' war in the Pacific, there would be few ready-made air bases from which to provide air cover during the occupation of the smaller islands, and that construction of runways would be impractical. Although equipped with almost a dozen aircraft carriers, Japanese navy would be unable to use them in support of every single island invasion. After removing the wheel landing gear and fairing over the wheel wells of a standard A6M2, Nakajima mounted a large float under the fuselage by means of a forward-raked central pylon and a pair of V-struts below the cockpit; two cantilever stabilizing floats were also mounted under the wings. The standard Zero gun armament was retained, and the first prototype was flown on 7 December 1941, the day on which the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Those modifications degraded performance of the aircraft by about 20% in comparison to the standard Zero.  Entering production as the Nakajima A6M2-N and codenamed Rufe by the Allies, the new fighter still displayed a creditable performance, being first issued to the Yokohama Kokutai and deployed to Tulagi in the Solomons where the Japanese had first landed during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Unfortunately for the Japanese, on August 7th, 1942 almost all of the Rufes were destroyed during an air strike performed by Wildcats from the USS Wasp. Rufes fared much better in the later Aleutian campaign, but losses soared as soon as American fighter strength could be built up. During the final year of the war, when American heavy bombers and naval aircraft opened their great attacks on the Japanese homeland, Rufes of the Otsu Kokutai, based on Lake Biwa, were thrown into the battle as interceptors in defense of Central Honshu but suffered very heavy losses. Total production of the Rufe amounted to 327 before being halted in September 1943. - Aviastar.org


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