Kyushu J7W1 18-Shi Interceptor Fighter Shinden

This is the 1/72 Scale Kyushu JWj 18-shi Intercepter Fighter Shinden Plastic Model Kit from Hasegawa.

Hasegawa Kyushu J7W1 18-Shi Interceptor Fighter Shinden Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #00450
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Fuselage: 5.27" (134mm)
  • Wingspan: 6.02" (153mm)
  • Parts: 45
  • Hasegawa Product Number: 00450
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"A cool What-If machine."
A couple of prototypes of this plane were built in the last days of the Pacific War. I think one is sitting in the Smithsonian. One of the things that surprised me about this kit was it's size in comparison to other fighters in the same scale. It rivals the Hellcat and Corsair and would dwarf a Bearcat easily (to my surprise the Bearcat is the size of a mouse compared to the Wildcat and Hellcat). Anyhow, I had a lot fun putting this kit together. Hasegawa did a fine job producing this model with recessed panel lines and a good fit throughout. One thing to look out for is the forward antenna that juts out from the bottom (actual design feature). Mine broke and I decided to customize a one by filing a paperclip somewhat flat and cutting to proper length. This machine packs a big punch w/ four 30mm cannons. I have a book called Japanese Secret Projects: Experimental Aircraft of the IJA and IJN, by Edwin M. Dyer III, that features this fighter/interceptor among a wide variety of other types. Since this is an experimental unit it doesn't have much beyond general IJNAF markings but that should be expected. Overall this is a beautiful, sleek design and a welcome project for anyone's Pacific War era collection.

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  • Highly detailed, injection molded gray plastic parts.
  • Cockpit includes instrument panel.
  • Detailed landing gear.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated assembly guide.


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Fuselage: 5.27" (134mm)
  • Wingspan: 6.02" (153mm)
  • Parts: 45
  • Hasegawa Product Number: 00450


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pamason (Entiat, WA)
This plane is a what if japan had the time to develop it. The inst is good but in Japanese an U.S. and color chart is easy to read. The cockpit has much detail only lacking a pilot but this plane is to be shown with the landing gear down and cockpit glass in the close. the parts go together well and with a little work the gear can be shown up as well as down. The decals are good but for the one plane decals for a what if would be nice. But a good plane overall.

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