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Raiden Jack -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/48 Scale -- #61018

Tamiya Raiden Jack -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/48 Scale -- #61018
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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.

Product 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.
Product Specifications
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9" (22.6cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 8" (20.2cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61018
Product 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.
What's Included

1/48 Raiden Jack plastic model kit

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Decals are cool
By mcgoldrickkelly February 6, 2014
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.
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One of 45 favorite builds
By jimwoodward1943 April 17, 2013
An easily assembled and paintable build even at age 70. I would do this one again with only a change in the paint scheme to a much darker green color
Was this review helpful to you? 43 of 43 people liked this
Favorite build yet!
By jmar829 April 3, 2013
Excellent detail and exceptional mold quality. Easily my favorite build which has inspired me to keep on building.
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Raiden
By ek19333 October 27, 2014
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.
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Product Tags
Scale : 1/48 Scale (1038)
Sector : Military (2679)
Country : Japanese (211)
Type : Fighter (1528)
Era : World War II (1167)
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