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
 Tamiya # tam61018
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Tamiya Item # tam61018
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.
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Spotlight Review

"EXCELLENT value for a 1/48 Raiden"
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.

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  • 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.


  • 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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"Decals are cool"
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.

"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.

"Tamiya 1/48 M2J3 Raiden (Jack) #61018 Kit/Build Review"
Christopher A. Wing (Fresno, CA)
The Tamiya 1/48 M2J3 Raiden (Jack) #61018 model kit is an excellent value for the money. This one has been around since 1973 and has since been superceded by the Hasegawa model version of this aircraft which is more accurate and detailed. Although the Tamiya kit has a mix of raised and recessed panel lines, this deficiency is largely obscured by the dark paint scheme (i.e. IJN (Imperial Japanese Navy) Deep Green) and the large national insignia markings found on this aircraft. Seat belt detail is minimal, however if the seated pilot figure is used, this becomes a mute point. As an added bonus, a standing pilot figure is also provided. An aftermarket die cut canopy mask set is a must purchase for this build as the raised frame detail on the one-piece clear canopy part is nearly non-existent. I use a canopy mask set from Dead Design Models, Item VM48 012. During my build of this model, I found that I did not have IJN Deep Green, so I substituted this color with Vallejo Model Air 71.007 Olive Green. I also did not have Blue Green paint so I used Vallejo Model Color 70.943 Grey Blue for the main landing gear bays and internal surfaces of the landing gear covers. I had not received my Aotake Blue Metallic paint at the time of this build. As recent historical research indicated that the canopy interior was not Blue Green called out for in the instructions, I used Mission Models MMP-079 RAF Interior Green as a substitute for Nakajima Green, which historical references indicate is the correct color for the cockpit interior surfaces of this aircraft. As the kit did not include decals for the leading wing edge identification stripes, I had to mask them off and then airbrush them on the aircraft model. I used Mr. Hobby Acrysion Orange Yellow as the color for these markings. Parts fit was good with the exception of a gap found along the rear edge of the wing assembly where it met with the fuselage. For my build, I rigged the antenna wires with EZ line fine thread. Due to the low parts count, two tone camouflage pattern and low decal count, this kit can be recommended for scale model builders of all levels. Decal installation and airbrush skills are recommended for best results.


  • 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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