Ki-115 Tsurugi                

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12/21/2012

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Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi

Scale 1:33
Author: Rafal Ciesielski
File Size: 38.0Mb
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Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi
Imperial Japanese Special Attack (kamikaze) plane
 
Kit includes b/w version to be printed on silver paper.
Full construction report can be seen on Kartonbau.de

Price $10.00

Model # 011
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Technical data:
  Length 8.55 m    
  Span 8.6 m    
  Engine Nakajima Ha-35, 1,130hp
  Max Speed 550 km/h    
  Armament 1 x 250kg or 500kg or 800kg bomb
  Crew 1    
    In January 1945, the Japanese Army ordered the Nakajima firm to develop a special attack (kamikaze) aircraft armed with a single bomb. A maximum speed of 515 km/h (320 mph) was also required, but most important, the aircraft had to be simple to build.
     Flight-testing of the Ki-115 'Tsurugi' (loosely translated as Sword or Sabre) began less than three months after the initial proposal in March 1945. An offensive load of one 250, 500, or 800 Kilogram bomb was carried in a recess under the forward fuselage. Designed by Nakajima engineer Aori Kunihiro, the major impetus in building this aircraft was the perceived lack of available obsolete aircraft to use in kamikaze attacks should the Allies invade the home islands.
 

Model built and photographed by Rutzes, used with permission.

 

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