Aichi M6A1 Serain

    Aichi M6A1 Serain

    TAMIYA model kit for the construction of a Japanese aircraft Aichi M6A1 Serain of WW II, in 1/48 scale.

    TAM61054
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    Plastic kit from TAMIYA, for the assembly of a Japanese airplane of WW II, in 1/48 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, clear parts and decals.

    The Aichi M6A Seiran ("Clear Sky Storm") was a submarine-launched attack floatplane designed for the Imperial Japanese Navy during WW II. It was intended to operate from I-400 class submarines whose original mission was to conduct aerial attacks against the United States. To equip the submarine aircraft carriers, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service requested that Aichi design a folding attack aircraft with a range of 1,500 km (810 nmi) and a speed of 555 km/h (300 kn). Aichi's final design, designated AM-24 by Aichi and given the military designation M6A1, was a two-seat, low-winged monoplane powered by a 1,050 kW (1,410 hp) Aichi AE1P Atsuta 30 engine (a licence-built copy of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 liquid-cooled V12 engine). The original specification dispensed with a traditional undercarriage but it was later decided to fit the aircraft with detachable twin floats to increase its versatility. If conditions permitted, these would allow the aircraft to alight next to the submarine, be recovered by crane and then re-used. The floats could be jettisoned in flight to increase performance or left off altogether for one-way missions. The Seiran's wings rotated 90 degrees and folded hydraulically against the aircraft's fuselage (with the tail also folding down) to allow for storage within the submarine's 3.5 m (11 ft) diameter cylindrical hangar. Armament was a single 850 kg (1,870 lb) torpedo or an equivalent weight in bombs. One 13 mm (0.51 in) Type 2 machine gun was mounted on a flexible mounting for use by the observer.

    Scale
    1/48
    Era
    WWII
    Nationality
    Japan
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