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Raiden Jack

In September 1939, aircraft manufacturers Nakajima and Mitsubishi received an unofficial order to trial-manufacture the Raiden, the Japanese Navy's first interceptor (a fighter to undertake the air defence of land bases). It was finally decided, however, that the development and trial-manufacture of the Raiden should be conducted only by Mitsubishi. It was in April of 1940 that the plane was designated "14-Shi Interceptor (J2M1)" and official requirements were set out by the Navy. The requirements gave priority to climbing power, maximum speed and high altitude performance. Aircraft engines of those days that could meet all these requirements were only the air-cooled engine "Kasei" type 11 trial-manufactured by Mitsubishi for the Type 1 Attack Bomber (G4M) "Betty" and the liquid-cooled engine "Atsuta" trial-manufactured by Aichi. Because of the Navy's poor experience in liquid-cooled engines and Atsuta's insufficient reliability, the Navy was forced to employ the air-cooled engine Kasei which, having larger engine diameter and giving larger air resistance, was not best suited to be used in a fighter.

Tamiya Raiden Jack Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61018
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9" (22.6cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 8" (20.2cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61018
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"Nice cheap easy build"
jc
I am just getting started on this and it's quite a simple model to do but with good fitting parts and exterior detail for the price you can't beat it if you want something easy and quick to build or need a paint mule for practicing new techniques. There is some direction in paint colors to use on some parts and for others there are not, so I am just winging it with what feels right to me on those parts. I am using this model for my first attempt at preshading, should be fun.

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Features

  • Tightly cowled Mitsubishi Kasei 23 14 cylinder radial - 1575hp; (4) 20mm wing cannon; 4 blade propeller, large "greenhouse" canopy.
  • Appx. 35 parts in light grey and clear; raised and recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed prop and cowling with engine cooling fan.

Specs

  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9" (22.6cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 8" (20.2cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61018

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1/48 Raiden Jack plastic model kit


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"EXCELLENT value for a 1/48 Raiden"
jimmbbo
This kit has been around for decades, but stands the test of time well. It is accurate, easy to build and captures the portly but streamlined look of the Raiden. The fit is excellent, the detail well represented and for the price, it is a tremendous value, and is inexpensive enough to practice weatherting, adding aftermarket details without worrying about breaking the bank. Highly recommended.

 
"Raiden"
ek19333
Seeing as this is one of the first kits I've built since getting back into modeling, I was pleasantly surprised on how well this kit stacked up. It wasn't difficult to assemble, the detail was superb and the decal options were great. Painted it standard green top/grey bottom. Even now before weathering it, it's very presentable. A nifty little kit that would be a good choice for person of beginner caliber skill.

 
"Decals are cool"
mcgoldrickkelly
This was a great build, and its a REALLY unique looking aircraft, especially for the Japanese fighters, many of which look the same. Its bulky and stubby. The coolest thing about this set is the decal sheet. There are several options, the one that i chose was the yellow and orange lighting bolts that provid the side of the fuselage with a great Flash. As with the other Tamiya products that I have purchased, I will say again: Kudos to Tamiya for the clear and coherent directions as well as the beautiful glossy mini-poster of the two finished versions of the Jack. Buy this model, it's fun, different, cheap, and looks great in any collection.

Markings

  • Decal Options:
  • 1: Genzan Flying Group, Kagoshima Air Base, Nov. 1943.
  • 2: Lt (JG) Sadaaki Akamatsu, 302 Flying Group, Atsugi, March-Aug
  • 1945.
  • 3: Lt (JG) Yoshihiro Aoki, 352 Flying Group, Kanoya, April 1945.
  • All Aircraft: Top Surfaces - IJN Dark Green with black anti-glare
  • panel in front of canopy; Bottom Surfaces - IJN Light Grey.
  • Note: 8x10 sheet with color side views of 2 and 3 included.

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