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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"First airplane build in 46 years."
What can I say. Wanted something that looked good and was easy. This model was both. It was well detailed, fitted together very well, and didn't take long to put together. Not much for flash, easy to paint with spray paint. not much for cons, just make sure that your seams are matched up to avoid using filler. Never built a Tamiya product before, didn't have them when I was growing up. Built a lot of Revell, Monogram, Airfix,and Lindberg back then. Wish I had Tamiya products back then.

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  • Appx. 35 parts in light grey and clear; raised and recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed prop and cowling with engine cooling fan.


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


1/48 Raiden Jack plastic model kit

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"Nuts and Bolts!"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
This kit represents one of the best Japanese WW2 aircraft, the punishment it delivered was something else and it made a dent in the bombing of Japan. The kit is easy to assemble, paint and add decals to in one day! There are all very good instructions with all Tamiya kits and the paint scheme sheet is very accurate and a big addition to the kit. I have all the Japanese aircraft models in single engine for the most part and this is my favorite. I would recommend this kit to anyone with a few aircraft kits in their collection.

"Nice cheap easy build"
jc (Missouri)
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.

"another hit"
another fun build. being a ww2 buff gave me several hours of enjoyment


  • 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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