Mitsubishi J2M (J2M3) Raiden - Jack - Captured Japanese Fighter, Clark Field, Philippines, 1945 - 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model
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1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Mitsubishi J2M (J2M3) Raiden - Jack - Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Fighter – Length: 5.25" Wingspan: 6”
This Raiden model is a single 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 the landing gear and other small marts. 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 J2M was designed by Jiro Horikoshi, creator of the A6M Zero, to meet the 14-Shi (14th year of the Showa reign, or 1939) official specification. It was to be a strictly local-defense interceptor, intended to counter the threat of high-altitude bomber raids, and thus relied on speed, climb performance, and armament at the expense of manoeuvrability. The J2M was a sleek, but stubby craft with its oversized Mitsubishi Kasei engine buried behind a long cowling, cooled by an intake fan and connected to the propeller with an extension shaft.