N1K2-J Shiden Kai                

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Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai

Scale 1:33
Author: Lukasz Fuczek
File Size: 31.3Mb
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Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai
343 Kokutai, Hikotai 301
Japan, April 1945
Choice of two aircraft:
CPO Shoichi Sugita - 120+ victories
Lt Naoshi Kanno - 48 victories
 
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Model # 062

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Technical data:
  Length 9.3 m    
  Span 12.0 m    
  Engine Nakajima NK9H Homare, 1,990hp
  Max Speed 594 km/h    
  Armament 4 x 20mm Type 99 Model 2
  Crew 1    
     Model has option to complete it in the basic form or fully detailed with movable control surfaces, full cockpit, engine and gun compartments.

    Model consists of 7 pages of assembly diagrams and 15 pages of parts,

     The N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai (Japanese for "Violet Lightning--Improved") was the best fighter used in significant numbers by the Japanese Navy during World War II. Known by the Allies as the "George," this maneuverable, heavily-armed fighter was a formidable opponent in the closing months of the war. 
     The
Shiden Kai was considerably better than the Japanese Navy's most common fighter, the A6M Zero. With a top speed of 369 mph, the N1K2 was about 20 mph faster than the A6M Zero. The heavier Shiden Kai also possessed surprisingly good maneuverability due to a mercury switch that automatically extended the flaps during turns. These "combat" flaps created more lift, thereby allowing tighter turns. Moreover, its four 20 mm automatic cannon provided greatly increased firepower than earlier Japanese designs. Unlike the A6M Zero, the Shiden Kai could compete against the best late-war U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Air Forces fighters.
     The N1K2-J was developed to counter high-flying B-29s. It first entered combat early in 1945, and over 400 were produced before the war ended. The
Shiden Kai primarily equipped the 343rd Kokutai, a unit composed of the Japanese Navy's best fighter pilots. Commanded by Capt. Minoru Genda, the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack, the 343rd Kokutai entered combat in March 1945 in the defense of the Japanese home islands. 
    
Shiden Kai pilots scored several successes against low-flying, carrier-based U.S. Navy fighters. Even so, they did little to stop high-altitude B-29 attacks because of the N1K2's insufficient climbing ability and the considerable loss of horsepower and engine reliability above 21,000 feet. These B-29 raids seriously hindered Shiden Kai production by heavily bombing the plants building the fighter. 
 

Model built and photographed by the author. Used with permission.

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