Aichi D3A Type-99 "Val" Japanese Carrier Dive Bomber 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model
1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Aichi D3A Type-99 "Val" Japanese Carrier Dive Bomber - IJN Akagi - Pearl Harbor – Length: 5.75" Wingspan: 8”
This Val model is a twin seat plane. The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot/crew figures included.
This model includes many little parts that need to be assembled in place. The propeller needs to be assembled in place as well as other little antennas. The assembly needed is very simple, but due to the small pieces, patience and skill are needed.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal with plastic parts. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model did a good job, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved).
This model comes in a blister pack that measures 8 inches by 8 inches by 3 inches.
The Aichi D3A Type 99 Carrier Bomber (Allied reporting name "Val") is a World War II carrier-borne dive bomber. It was the primary dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and was involved in almost all IJN actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Aichi D3A was the first Japanese aircraft to bomb American targets in the war, commencing with Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines, such as Clark Air Force Base. Vals sank more Allied warships than any other Axis aircraft.