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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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

"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.

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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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"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.

"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.

"Fun little plane to build"
thecarrollfamily1417 (Louisville, Ky USA)
The Mitsubishi Raiden has the wide-body look of a razor back P-47. Tamiya's 1:48 scale kit comes with two sets of instructions--one in Japanese and the other in English. The instructions are easy to follow and understand with just a couple of very minor grammatical errors. There are 4 spruces of light gray plastic--2 spruces are just for the wings. All panel lines are very thin. The wings have recessed panel lines while the body lines are slightly raised. The kit comes with two figures--one seated for the cockpit and the other standing. There is one clear plastic sprue for just 2 pieces--the one-piece canopy/windscreen (canopy shut) and a flat clear piece (bulletproof armor) that is mounted above the instrument panel. (The canopy is incredibly wide for a single seat fighter!) The plane can be built with landing gear up (doors shut) or with gear down. The tires are not weighted (no flat bottoms). There are decals for three aircraft from different air groups--Genzan Flying Group, 302nd Flying Group, and 352nd Flying Group. The kit comes with a 7 x 10 colored print showing the left side profile of the Raidens from the Genzan Flying Group and the 352nd Flying Group. The kit only has 44 total pieces but the details in the moldings make it seem like it has more parts, which is typical of Tamiya excellence!


  • 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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