Nishikisuisen Rufe

In 1939, the Naval Aviation Headquarters conceived a plan of trial manufacturing a floatplane fighter, a new type beyond all precedents in the world. On the assumption of landing and invading the Southern regions, the Japanese Navy intended in those days to station float planes in waterways and bays near the landing places until the completion of land air bases for the purpose of defending those under construction and occupied territories. Since the floatplanes might have to fight with enemy fighters in the air, they were required to be pure fighters comparing favourably with enemy fighters in performance. The Navy firmly believed that sufficiently armed floatplanes would be able to fight on equal terms with fighters considering that Type 95 Scout Seaplanes shot down Chinese fighters as successfully as did land based fighters at the early stage of the sino-Japanese incident. In 1940, the Naval Aviation Headquarters decided to trial manufacture floatplane fighters and ordered Kawanishi Aircraft, which was well experienced in manufacturing floatplanes, to trial manufacture them under the name of 15- Shi Floatplane fighter (later called Floatplane Fighter "Kyofu").

Tamiya Nishikisuisen Rufe Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61017
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (25cm)
  • Length (nose of float to tip of tail): 8-1/4" (21cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61017
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"A Great Addition in Aviation"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
I have built several really nice looking Zero type model aircraft and this was no exception. The detailing was excellent for a basic kit and the fit of the parts went well. The instructions were very clear on the location of the floats and their supports. I have added this one to my collection of famous Japanese aircraft as they were part of history as well. I painted and detailed the model with the appropriate decals which I found were very easily placed on the model.

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  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (25cm)
  • Length (nose of float to tip of tail): 8-1/4" (21cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61017


1/48 Nishikisuisen Rufe plastic model kit

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"simply stunning pontoon plane."
Really well put together kit that captured the importance of a land on water, scout, recon, or protect bay pontoon boat.

"Nishikisuisen Rufe"
Great kit. worth the money entry level for my kids. Will recommend this model kit.

This kit was amazing! Every piece fit very well together with virtually NO cleanup! I had to sand not a thing! The cart holding the plane was easy to build, the float assembled PERCECTLY both together, and on the plane. I took my time with this kit to have it turn out really well and a week later I am astounded with how it turned it! I will definitely be buying another one for the other painting scheme. I would recommend this aestheticly pleasing kit to ANYONE. Great work Tamiya!


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  • national insignia, stencils, and cockpit instruments for five
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