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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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"Buy this Plane"
mcgoldrickkelly
I ordered this plane because I wanted a Japanese plane that was outside of your typical fighter. This kit by Tamiya was so clear and coherent in its instructions. There was a packet in English and a packet in Japanese. The directions were so smooth, and ordered so well (for example, step 1 contained directions for gluing three separate, unrelated parts of the plane so that they would all be dried by the time that you needed to add them to fuselage in steps 3 and four). It also came with a beautiful color poster of the final product in two different paint patterns. I went with the all white with the two smaller wing pomtoons colored red for effect. It comes with a stand which wouldn't work unless you put some sort of weight in the nose (The Directions, though, TELL YOU to put something in the nose to weigh it down evenly. Again, a testament to the fabulous instructions). My final product is slick and beautiful (I'll be uploading photos soon). I hope all of Tamiya's models are like this. If so, I will pay extra to buy a tamiya version of a plane over a Revell. Kudos to Tamiya!

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Features

  • Single engine, single seat, Japanese Navy seaplane fighter.
  • Markings included for 5 different aircraft.
  • Appx. 60 parts in light grey and clear with recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed Sakae engine and cowling, main float and outriggers.
  • Standing and seated pilot figures.
  • Beaching dolly for moving aircraft on land included.

Specs

  • 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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1/48 Nishikisuisen Rufe plastic model kit


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"Awesome!"
ryan_mowat_9
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!

 
"plane kit was ok"
geraldcamp40
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

 
"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.

Markings

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