C6N1 Saiun                

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Nakajima C6N1 Saiun

Scale 1:33
Author: Lukasz Fuczek
File Size: 26.0Mb
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Nakajima C6N1 Saiun
11 Hikotai, 762 Kokutai
Katori Air Base, Japan
January 1945

Price $14.00

Model # 063

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Technical data:
  Length 11.00 m    
  Span 12.50 m    
  Engine 1 x Nakajima NK9B Homare 11, 1,990hp
  Max Speed 610 km/h    
  Armament 1 x 7.92mm Type 1 machine-gun
  Crew 3    
    The C6N originated in a 1942 Imperial Japanese Navy specification for a carrier-based reconnaissance plane with a top speed of 650 km/h at 6,000 m and range of 4,960 km. Nakajima's initial proposal, designated N-50, was for a craft with two 1,000 hp engines housed in tandem in the fuselage, driving two propellers mounted on the wings. With the development of the 2,000 hp class Nakajima Homare engine, though, this configuration was abandoned and Nakajima decided on a more conventional single-engine layout. However, the Homare's output turned out to be less than initially expected, so the design had to be optimized in other areas. The resulting aircraft was designed around a long and extremely narrow cylindrical fuselage, just large enough in diameter to accommodate the engine. The crew of three sat in tandem under a single canopy, while equipment was similarly arranged in a line along the fuselage. The C6N's low mounted laminar flow wing housed fuel tanks and was fitted with both Fowler and slit flaps and leading edge slats to lower the aircraft's landing speed to ease use aboard aircraft carriers. The first flight was on May 15, 1943, with the prototype demonstrating a speed of 639 km/h.    Although designed for carrier use, by the time it entered service in September 1944, there were few carriers left for it to operate from, so most were used from land bases. Its speed was exemplified by a famous telegraph sent after a successful mission: "No Grummans can catch us." Despite its speed and performance, on 15 August 1945, a C6N1 was the last aircraft to be shot down in World War II. Just five minutes later, the war was over and all Japanese aircraft were grounded.




Beta-build model built and photographed by the author.

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