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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"Nice kit"
Rhodesian Infantry (USA)
I was impressed when I opened it. It had clean parts with little flash, good details. It looks just like a zero fighter but with a float attached. I like it.

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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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"plane kit was ok"
The size was a little smaller than my others that are that size but over all good kit was not to bad to get together decals weren't bad just a little smaller than I am use to

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!

"Nishikisuisen Rufe"
semalevik (Russia)
Very, very old set, molds 1973 and corresponds to a detail, but for the money not a bad set of the day, who do not have much experience in the assembly will be easy to collect.Good budget set. Very good decals, cockpit canopy.Trim seams by internal, external places


  • Single sheet of decals contains aircraft code letters, serial numbers
  • national insignia, stencils, and cockpit instruments for five
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