Gekko Type 11 Early Production - 2...

    Gekko Type 11 Early Production - 2 figures

    TAMIYA model kit for the construction of a Japanese Gekko Type 11 aircraft of the Second WW, in 1/48 scale.

    TAM61084
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    €35.50
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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, figure, clear parts and decals.

    The Nakajima J1N1 Gekkō ("Moonlight") is a twin-engine aircraft used by the Japanese Imperial Navy during WW II and was used for reconnaissance, night fighter, and kamikaze missions. The first flight took place in May 1941. It was given the Allied reporting name "Irving", since the earlier reconnaissance version the J1N1-C, was mistaken for a fighter. It had a crew of two, eliminating the navigator position. Like the KAI, it had twin 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon firing upward in a 30° upward angle, but added a second pair firing downward at a forward 30° angle, allowing attacks from above or below. This arrangement was effective against B-17 Flying Fortress bombers and B-24 Liberators, which usually had Sperry ball turrets for ventral defense. The Gekkō's existence was not quickly understood by the Allies, who assumed the Japanese did not have the technology for night fighter designs. Early versions had nose searchlights in place of radar. Later models, the J1N1-Sa Model 11a, omitted the two downward-firing guns and added another 20 mm cannon to face upward as with the other two. Other variants without nose antennae or searchlight added a 20 mm cannon to the nose.

    Scale
    1/48
    Era
    WWII
    Nationality
    Japan
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