Nakajima B5N2 Kate Torpedo Bomber 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Hobby Master
1:72 Scale Metal Diecast - Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Kate Torpedo Bomber – Length: 5.75" Wingspan: 8.5”
This model is a 3 person airplane and includes 3 pilot and crew figures. It comes with a torpedo that can be attached to the fuselage. It does includes a detailed landing gear as well as the cover of the wheel wells to give the appearance of in-flight. There is a stand included.
Particular to this model is the little gear machine gun that can be attached, it is very tiny so be careful not to lose it. Then there are the different canopies. There is one piece "closed" canopy and there are also 4 pieces of canopy that would show the model with an open canopy (and the rear machine gun deployed)
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches by 3 inches.
Although the B5N was substantially faster and more capable than its Allied counterparts, the TBD Devastator, Fairey Swordfish and Fairey Albacore, it was nearing obsolescence by 1941. Nevertheless, the B5N operated throughout the whole war, due to the delayed development of its successor, the B6N. In the early part of the Pacific War, flown by well-trained IJN aircrews and as part of well-coordinated attacks, the B5N achieved particular successes at the battles of Pearl Harbor,Coral Sea, Midway, and Santa Cruz Islands.
Primarily a carrier-based aircraft, it was also occasionally used as a land-based bomber. The B5N carried a crew of three: pilot, navigator/bombardier/observer, and radio operator/gunner.