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1/32 Imperial Japanese Navy Fighter Aircraft Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden

Manufactured by: Zoukei-Mura

Price: AU$147.95

US$101.47;  €92.32
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    Product Description
    This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.
    Model Features:
    - Total parts: 247
    Model Details:
    1. Engine
    The powerful Mitsubishi "Kasei 23a engine" lies at the base of the spindle shaped fuselage; detailed characteristics of the engine, including the extension drive shaft and cooling fan are all recreated in great detail. The function of the baffle plates essential part is to divert the heat from the front line of cylinders and increase the cooling efficiency of the back line cylinders in this radial-shaped, air-cooled engine.
    2. Propellers
    When one thinks of the Raiden, the notion that comes to mind is "the defense of the Imperial Capital." Complete with its wide blade propellers, designed to fly at ultra-high altitudes, this SWS kit was made possible by exhaustively researching the last remaining aircraft of its species.
    3. Cockpit
    The model is conveniently designed such that the assembly work-load is reduced by the unification of the instruments and chords that are integrated into the ribs at the sides of the cockpit. One can almost imagine the feelings of the pilots of that time when looking at the operating mechanisms condensed and recreated at 1/32 of the original size.
    4. Landing Gears
    The landing gears that supported the Raiden, powered by the powerful Kasei engine, would withstand taking off from even the most uneven grounds at full speed. It would charge at full throttle straight toward enemy bombers.
    Unlike most other Japanese aircraft, the landing gear mechanism was powered by electricity.
    It is a mark of SWS kits that one is able to observe even the minutest details of an aircraft's structural design.
    Another mark of the SWS kit is the thoughtful design in which all one needs to do is to fit the landing gear piece into the fuselage to have it assume landing position at the correct angle!
    5. Wings
    When one observes the wings designed by Dr. Horikoshi, one can see a "bend" in the angle toward the front edge. When seen from the front, one sees a beautiful curve reminiscent of that of the Zero. Such detailed designs were typical to Japanese aircraft of the time.
    6. Internal Structure
    For the first time ever the details of the internal structure of the Raiden, the supreme interceptor of Imperial Japan, are thoroughly recreated through exhaustive research performed on the last remaining Raiden at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, USA. Most of the significant components and mechanisms are fitted into the front half of the spindle shaped fuselage.
    7. Armament
    Since the Raiden Type-21 was a high altitude interceptor, it was fitted with four 20 mm machine guns to perform devastating hit and runs against invading enemy bombers. Of the two sets of guns on each wing, the Type 99-2 model 4 20mm complete with 210 rounds in the magazine were mounted on the inner side, and the Type 99-1 model 4 20mm gun was mounted on the outside with a 190 round magazine.
    8. Exterior Shape
    It goes without saying that the shell of the aircraft was designed for the purpose of flight. All aspects of the exterior design are the products of this basic purpose and the necessities that arise from the aircraft's internal structure.
    This kit magnificently recreates the spindle shaped shell specific to the Raiden. It successfully recreates the engine cowls that contain the extension shaft, the lines of the "inflated" lower fuselage, the curves of the rounded upper fuselage that extends from the canopy to the empennage, and the uniquely large fillet portion.

    • Manufactured by: Zoukei-Mura
    • SKU: SWS05
    • Package Weight: 1045g
    • 0 Units in Stock

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