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Plastic Models

1/72 Bf109 G-6

SKU: 300060790

Article number: 300060790 Product: 1/72 Bf109 G-6

In great news for modelers in the compact 1/72 scale, the "Gustav" is to be released as a Tamiya kit! With over 30,000 produced, the Messerschmitt Bf109 is the most prolifically manufactured fighter in history; of its variants, the G-6 was the most numerous at 13,000 aircraft. In response to improving Allied foes in the air, Bf109 G aircraft had the more powerful DB605 engine, and from the G-6 were equipped with dual 13mm MG131 machine guns that required the distinctive bulges on either side of the cockpit cowling known as "Beule." Some were even given a 20mm cannon gondola under each wing for further improved firepower. The Bf109 G-6 was deployed on both the Western and Eastern fronts, in particular dominating Soviet adversaries as it continued in service through to the end of WWII.

About the Model

- This is a 1/72 scale plastic model assembly kit.
- The striking, refined form of the G-6 variant Bf109 is captured, including depictions of the Beule bulges.
- This product takes inspiration from the highly accurate 1/48 model (Item 61117). Please note that engine cowlings are depicted closed.
- The cockpit is inserted after left and right fuselage halves have been put together. It has an accurate interior with streamlined assembly.
- Canopy can be assembled in open or closed state.
- Landing gear struts have a solid attachment point for accurate attachment angle and position.
- Comes with optional drop tank parts.
- 2 marking options are planned - JG51 (with distinctive eye marking on the Beule) and JG54.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/35 M10 IIC Achilles

SKU: 300035366

Article number: 300035366 Product: 1/35 M10 IIC Achilles

Here is the British Achilles tank destroyer, which appears in Tamiya 1/35 scale for the first time! The Achilles was a modification of the M10s which Britain received from the U.S., with the original 3-inch main gun replaced by the fearsome British 17 pounder. The vast majority of M10s were the M10 IIC variant, which was based upon the late-production M10 with distinctive enlarged turret-rear counterweight. Around 1,000 were produced between Spring 1944 and the end of WWII, the Allied forces making good use of it after the Normandy landings, benefiting from the power of the gun which allowed it to tear through Tiger I front armor.

About the Model

- This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit.
- In-depth study of the real thing has enabled this highly accurate scale depiction of the Achilles.
- Features newly-molded parts depicting the upper hull with its sloped armor, late production M10 turret counterweight, and long 17pdr gun.
- Interior features excellent detail, including depictions of shell racks and multi-part 17pdr gun breech.
- Comes with 3 full body figures – gunner and loader seated in the fighting compartment, and commander seated on the turret edge –
  plus a driver torso figure. All are brand new!
- Lower hull, suspension, wheel and track parts are carried over from the acclaimed Tamiya 1/35 model of the M10 that served as the Achilles’ base.
- New sprocket wheel parts depict late M10 components.
- 2 planned marking options depict 93rd Anti-Tank Regiment (Italy, 1944) and 75th Anti-Tank Regiment (NW Europe) vehicles.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Sov. Tank Destroyer SU-85 (1)

SKU: 300035072

Article number: 300035072 Product: 1:35 Sov. Tank Destroyer SU-85 (1)

At the beginning of the German Blitzkrieg on the Eastern Front, Russian soldiers were forced to fight hard against the invading Axis forces led by the impressive German Sturmgeschutz III. Barely holding back the advancing German forces just before Moscow, the Russian military quickly began to design assault guns. From these designs, the first finished model came loaded on the T-34 chassis with a secured fighting compartment and was armed with an impressive 122mm howitzer. This tank was given the designation SU-122. Introduced at the Battle of Kursk in 1943, was the newly designed SU-85 which was based on the successful SU-122. It came armed with the D-5S-85A, the 1939 anti-aircraft 51.5 caliber 85mm D-5 gun which was redesigned for anti-tank use. D-5 guns were developed in the same manner as German 88mm anti-tank guns equipped on German Tiger I and Jagdpanther tanks, as both guns were based on anti-aircraft guns. The SU-85's armor-piercing shell weighed 9.02kg, had a velocity of 792m/s, and could knock out tanks with 100mm thick armor at 1000m. The SU-85s hull featured a sloped front armor with the fighting compartment offset to the right. After the liberation of Kiev in December 1943, the SU-85 faced off Panther and Jagdtiger tanks and held its own thanks to its 85mm gun. The sharp style of the SU-85 with its long gun now comes reproduced as a 1/35 scale model. This kit was first released in 1975.

About the Model

-The arrival of the Russian SU-85 tank, which greatly surprised the invading German forces during WWII, now comes as a 1/35 scale plastic assembly model kit. Length: 235mm.
- The commonly used lower hull of the T34 as well as the large diameter road wheels including the unique pattern of the tracks have been realistically reproduced.
- Belt type tracks included.
- The main gun can be depressed or elevated even after assembly to allow you enjoy a variety of diorama settings.
- Both the drivers and main hatches can be assembled in either open or closed positions.
- Kit includes one figure in a relaxed seated position.
- A rich assortment of accessory parts such as fuel tanks, spare tracks, shovel, blankets etc which can be attached to the hull are included.
- Comparing the SU-85 against the German Jagdpanther (Item 35069) would be enjoyable.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

British M3 Grant Tank

SKU: 300035041

Article number: 300035041 Product: 1:35 WWII Brit.Mtl.Pz. M3 Grant Mk.I

Tamiya is pleased to announce the re-release of this model, which first joined the Military Miniature Series lineup back in 1974. The kit depicts the M-3 Grant Mk.I, a British variant of the U.S. medium tank M3 Lee. The M3 Lee had been provided by the U.S. after a large portion of British armor was lost to the Germans in the midst of the Dunkirk evacuations. While M3 Grants featured no alterations to the hull and sponson-mounted 75mm main gun, the British variant had a larger turret for the 37mm gun, and did not feature a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. The M3 had been designed with priority given to speed of delivery to waiting troops; thus, it possessed some limitations such as the restricted horizontal movement of the main gun and a tall silhouette that was easy for opposing forces to spot. However, it proved a welcome addition for the tank-poor British forces in North Africa, where it helped to turn around a dire situation, knocking out opposing Panzer III and IVs one at a time.

About the Model

• This is a 1/35 scale model assembly kit. Length: 170mm.
• The distinctive form of the M3 Grant with British spec turret is accurately captured.
• Riveted armor panels surfaces are depicted.
• Features moving recreations of the 75mm and 37mm guns.
• The model can be assembled with hatches in open or closed position.
• 2 marking options are included, depicting units from Battle of El Alamein and Battle of Gazala.
• Comes with a figure in realistic pose.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/48 JGSDF Type 16 MCV

SKU: 300032596

Article number: 300032596 Product: 1:48 JGSDF MCV Type 16 (8x8) (1)

This scale model assembly kit recreates the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 16, which reached units beginning in 2017. An 8-wheel vehicle, the JGSDF classify it as a Maneuver Combat Vehicle (MCV), a highly mobile and well-armed vehicle intended to provide supporting fire and take on enemy armor as a part of rapid response units. Its domestically designed L/52 105mm rifled gun is a low-recoil piece with perforated muzzle brake and a fire control system to enable accurate firing on the move. Rolled steel turret and hull employ modular and spaced armor estimated to be able to survive frontal hits from 20-30mm class guns and portable anti-tank weapons. Thanks to its 570hp engine, the 26-ton Type 16 has a top speed of around 100km/h and significant range; it looks set to provide a major boost to JGSDF units as its rollout continues.

• 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 176mm, width: 63mm. Model has a dedicated parts breakdown for a hassle-free build without sacrificing accuracy.
• An accurate rendering is based upon extensive research of the actual Type 16, authentically capturing the modern silhouette with a moving depiction of the 105mm gun.
• Features crisp molding on details such as non-slip surfaces, plus multi-piece machine gun and mount.
• The 8-wheel suspension is depicted in style, with fixed wheels. Elastomer tires have a realistic tread pattern.
• Decals are included to recreate periscope openings and muzzle brake perforations.
• Comes with one commander figure and two marking options.

1:48 WWII US Light Tank M8 Greyhound (1)

SKU: 300032551

Article number: 300032551 Product: 1:48 WWII US Light Tank M8 Greyhound (1)

The release of this armored car as part of Tamiya's 1/48 MM series opens up many opportunities for modellers. Its long service history with many different armed forces around the world means this model can be placed in a large variety of diorama settings.

About the M8 Greyhound

Originally designed to meet a requirement for a fast tank destroyer, the M8 was a lightly armored 6X6 vehicle armed with a 37mm main gun and coaxial 30 caliber machine gun in its open turret, and a 50 caliber machine gun on a flexible mount. Newer tank designs soon made the 37mm gun obsolete as an anti-tank weapon, but the vehicle's speed was useful for reconnaissance duties so it was used primarily in that role by the Allied forces in WWII. The M8 then went on to serve in the Korean conflict and French Indochina, and updated versions can still be found in service today in a few corners of the world.

About the Model

1/48 scale assembly kit of the U.S. M8 Light Armored Car Greyhound. A number of pre-sculpted parts help recreate the complex suspension system while keeping the number of parts down for ease of assembly. Open top turret allows viewing of internal details such as the main gun breech. Parts of the chassis are made from die-cast metal, giving the model a realistic sense of volume. 1 figure and 2 sets of markings are included. Perfect for posing together with other 1/48 U.S. AFVs and figure sets.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/35 JGSDF Recon Bike & HMV

SKU: 300025188

Article number: 300025188 Product: 1/35 JGSDF Recon Bike & HMV

Tamiya is pairing up its classic model of the JGSDF reconnaissance motorcycle (Item 35245) with Japanese model maker Fine Molds’ high mobility vehicle, in what promises to be a great value diorama in a box! Motorcycles are an important part of Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) reconnaissance units, and to maintain a low profile are usually finished in olive drab with matte black components such as the engine. They are frequently joined by the High Mobility Vehicle, which boasts excellent off-road ability and can transport up to 10 passengers, or be used for carrying supplies.

About the Set

• This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit set. • The model comes in a dedicated package with new box art illustration. • Includes the original instruction manuals for both models.

Reconnaissance Motorcycle Model Information

• Features detailed depictions of the engine and spoked wheels. • With two realistic figures that depict a soldier on the bike, plus a tank commander giving instructions. Manual and package include printed maps to cut out and put in the commander’s hand. • A host of accessories are on hand for the figures: machine gun, goggles, radio pack, satchel and more!

High Mobility Vehicle Model Information

• The functional form is captured accurately in 1/35 scale. Length: 141mm, width: 70mm. • Includes detail on the vehicle underbelly and in the interior. Canvas hood is in deployed position. • Comes with five marking options. • High Mobility Vehicle parts are a product of Fine Molds, Japan. • Instruction manual is in English and Japanese only.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/35 Type 1 SPG & Kurogane

SKU: 300025187

Article number: 300025187 Product: 1/35 Type 1 SPG & Kurogane

Tamiya is pairing up its model of the Type 1 self-propelled gun (Item 35331) with Japanese model maker Fine Molds’ Type 94 Kurogane 4x4 scout car, in what promises to be a great value diorama in a box! The Type 1 was a modified tank with a 75mm field gun, the only weapon available to Japanese WWII forces that could reliably take out U.S. Sherman tanks. The Kurogane, meanwhile, is said to be the among the world’s first 4x4 vehicles; the 33hp engine-powered car could carry three and was used in a variety of roles in numerous theaters. Roughly 4,800 were manufactured.

About the Set

• This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit set. • The model comes in a dedicated package with new box art illustration. • Includes the original instruction manuals for both models, and an auxiliary sheet.

Type 1 Model Information

• An accurate recreation of the self-propelled gun form with riveted hull, unique suspension and open top fighting compartment. The gun features depictions of recoil buffer and mount. • Belt type tracks offer accuracy and a fuss-free assembly process. They can be painted and cemented. • Comes with gunner and loader figures in accurate pose, plus four marking options.

Kurogane Model Information

• The compact Kurogane 4x4 is captured in style, with accurate recreations of the 3-seater cabin and 4WD suspension. The canvas hood is depicted in retracted position. • Length: 102mm, width: 45mm. • Comes with a single figure in standing position and four marking options. • Kurogane parts are a product of Fine Molds, Japan. • Instruction manual is in English and Japanese only.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/35 JGSDF Type 90 & Type 73

SKU: 300025186

Article number: 300025186 Product: 1/35 JGSDF Type 90 & Type 73

Tamiya is pairing up its classic model of the Type 90 tank (from Item 35208) with Japanese model maker Fine Molds’ Type 73, in what promises to be a great value diorama in a box! The Type 90 main battle tank reached units from 1991, with 341 examples manufactured by 2009. A 120mm smoothbore gun put it on the cutting edge at the time of its design. The Type 73 was adopted back in 1973 but served concurrently with the Type 90 until deployment ended around 2010. An 80hp engine and capacity for 6 passengers made it a highly versatile servant to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).

About the Set

• This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit set. • The model comes in a dedicated package with new box art illustration. • Includes the original instruction manuals for both models.

Type 90 Model Information

• The distinctive, sharp form of the Type 90 is accurately captured, complete with details such as depictions of the automatic loading device, canvas covers on the gun root, etc. and non-slip surfaces. • Commander and gunner hatches are moveable between open and closed positions, while the driver’s hatch can be assembled open or closed. • Comes with two figures, recreating a commander and gunner, and two marking options.

Type 73 Model Information

• The compact and functional form of the Type 73 is captured realistically. Length: 117mm, width: 54mm. • Excellent detail is particularly showcased on interior depictions of seats, radio equipment, gear shift and more, as well as the canvas hood. • Comes with four marking options including Fuji School Brigade Tank School Unit. • Type 73 parts are a product of Fine Molds, Japan. • Instruction manual is in English and Japanese only.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:6 Motorcycle Honda DAX Kit

SKU: 300016002

Article number: 300016002 Product: 1:6 Motorcycle Honda DAX Kit

Tamiya is pleased to announce the re-issue of this classic model from our big-scale 1/6 motorcycle series. It depicts the Dax Honda Export 70 (also known as the Trail 70), the bike with a unique dachshund-esque tubular section in its T-bone main frame. Small-diameter wheels kept the center of gravity low for great maneuverability and stability. Its 4-stroke OHC engine was based upon that of the legendary Super Cub series, and was paired with a centrifugal clutch and 3-speed transmission.

About the Model

• This is a 1/6 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 250mm.
• The T-bone frame is depicted with accuracy, complete with internal gas tank and battery case.
• Features sprung folding main stand and brake pedal.
• Semi-pneumatic tires are given a realistic tread pattern, and have Bridgestone lettering.
• Features a removable front fork section and folding handlebars, just like those on the real bike.
• Rear seat is opened via a lever on the model.
• OHC engine is recreated in great detail, including depictions of cooling fins.
• With authentic metal plated matte wheels, and gloss components for muffler, handlebars, fenders and more.
• Rubber tubing is included to recreate the various pipes and lines on the bike.
• Comes with high quality Cartograf decals.
• Includes an updated version of the original Japanese/English assembly instruction manual.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:350 WWII Japanese Destroyer Yukikaze

SKU: 300078020

Article number: 300078020 Product: 1:350 WWII Japanese Destroyer Yukikaze

January 20 1940 saw the completion of construction of the Japanese Kagero class destroyer. Along with her sister ships Hatsukaze, Amatukaze, and Tokitukaze, she became part of the 16th destroyer division under the command of the light cruiser Jintsu. At the beginning of WWII, the 16th destroyer division was part of the force which captured the Philippines, and on December 5 1941, she took part in the fierce fighting with American forces near Palau and supported the invading forces at Legazpi. After wards, she saw action throughout the Pacific Ocean at the Dutch East Indies, Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Solomon Islands. The Yukikaze also participated in the withdrawal of Guadalcanal,also participated in sea battles at the Marianas and the Leyte Gulf. Throughout WWII, the Yukikaze took part in numerous naval battles, escort duties, and supply runs, and always returned safely from each sortie. She was among the few Japanese warships and the onl yone of her class still operational at the end of the war, and can be called the "lucky destroyer." As part of the post-war reparation agreement, the Yukikaze was transferred to the Republic of China, and in 1966 she became a reserve training ship.

This is a 1/350 full display model. Model depicts the Yukikaze as she appeared during the 1945 Ten Ichi Go operation (Battle for Okinawa). Parts included to build a waterline model or a display model with full hull. It is possible to rotate the guns and torpedoes after assembling thanks to polycaps. ABS has been used for the masts to ensure strength. Photo-etched parts are prepared for the ladders, radio antennas etc. Metal chains. Display stand included. Assembled model can be displayed in the package.

Yukikaze 1/350

1:350 WWII Jp. Submarine i-400

SKU: 300078019

1/48 F-14D Tomcat

SKU: 300061118

1/48 F-14A Tomcat

SKU: 300061114

1:48 WWII Jp.Mitsub.A6M5/5a Zero Fighter

SKU: 300061103

1:48 Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 25/32

SKU: 300061101

Article number: 300061101 Product: 1:48 Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 25/32

About the F-16C Block 25/32

The F-16 has become one of the most widely-used jet fighters in the world, and has therefore undergone a series of upgrades throughout its service life with various air forces. The Block 25entered service in 1984 and featured upgraded radar and cockpit avionics. The Block 32 was the first upgrade affected by a program to use different engines in the F-16, and continued to use Pratt & Whitney engines, while the Block 30 used engines made by General Electric. The Block 32 has been upgraded to carry a wide range of weapons, including the LITENING II laser targeting pod, which enables precision attack capability with laser-guided bombs.

About the Model

Model represents the F-16C [Block 25/32]. New parts accurately reproduce the correct engine nozzle and smaller air intake that correspond to Pratt & Whitney powered F-16s. Main landing gear and gear well covers also depicted with new parts. Wing reinforcement plates for Block 32 recreated with phot etch parts (sold seperatley). Extensive weapons set features AIM-9L/M and AIM-9X sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAM, wing and centerline fuel tanks, and LITENING II targeting pod. New parts for GBU-12 laser-guided bombs feature clear parts to depict the laser guidance package for a more realistic finish. New ordinance racks on the wings accurately match their respective weapons. 1 pilot figure included and 3 sets of U.S. Air National Guard markings included. Add ITEM 12621 F-16 Fighting Falcon Detail Up Parts Set for the ultimate finish.

1/48 F-16C ÄBlock 25/32Ü

1:48 Lockheed Mar.F-16CJ Fighting Falcon

SKU: 300061098

Article number: 300061098 Product: 1/48 Lockheed Mar.F-16CJ Fighting Falcon

About the F-16CJ

The F-16 is one of the world's top lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft. Since first deployment to U.S. Air Force (USAF) units in the late 1970's, total production numbers have exceeded 4,000, making it the second most highly produced jet fighter plane following the F-4 Phantom. The latest F-16 variant deployed to USAF units, the F-16C Block 50, is capable of precision night and all-weather bombing, and features advanced digital electronics for radar and cockpit displays. The slight variant, the F-16CJ (Block 50), is fitted with HARM Targeting System (HTS) and is used specifically for SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) missions. The F-16CJ (Block 50) has flown SEAD missions over Iraq while monitoring the northern and southern no-fly zones and during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

About the Model

Model represents the F-16CJ (Block 50) as used for USAF SEAD missions. Sleek fuselage including aerodynamic blended wing body design accurately reproduced. Accurately curved bubble top canopy can be assembled in the opened or closed position. Horizontal stabilizers are movable and flaperons can be modeled in both the up or down positions. A range of weapons and accessories are included such as HARM, AMRAAM, and Sidewinder missiles (M & X variants), detachable external fuel tanks, ECM pod, and HTS pod. One pilot figure included and can be depicted with either standard or JHMCS flight helmet. Detailed markings for 3 aircraft, including the 5th Air Force commander's aircraft stationed at

Misawa airbase in 2005, are included.

F-16CJ Fighting Falcon

1:48 WWII Dt.Heinkel He162A-2 Salamander

SKU: 300061097

Article number: 300061097 Product: 1/48 WWII Dt.Heinkel He162A-2 Salamander

Following the Messerschmitt Me262, we release a second WWII German jet fighter with the Heinkel He162 Salamander. This truly innovative machine, which firmly established Germany as possessing the most advanced aviation technology of the time, deserves a high quality and richly detailed model to do it justice.

About the He162 Salamander

While the Heinkel company pioneered jet technology with its successful test flight on August 8th, 1938, it lost out to the Messerschmitt Me262 which became the first operational jet fighter. A second chance came in September 1944 when the Luftwaffe requested proposals for a single-engine jet fighter that was simple to control and produce. Heinkels proposal was chosen because it promised a mass producible jet that could be flown by relatively inexperienced pilots. Rushed from proposal stage to finished prototype in 3 months, the He162 was first deployed to a base near the Danish border, but with only 1 month left until the end of the war in Europe, came too late to demonstrate its combat potential.

About the model

1/48 scale assembly He162 Salamander accurately reproduces planes unique form, including streamlined, rocket-like fuselage, down bent wing tips and twin vertical tail fins Twin spars connect wings to fuselage for precise and solid attachment Counterweight in front balances out heavy rear section Canopy may open and close. Ejector seat may be removed even after assembly Molded parts depicting cockpit and landing gears exhibit an amazing level of detail Includes accurately scaled-down replica of full size BMW003 engine. Both open and closed engine compartment pieces are included and may be switched freely even after assembly. Engine may be displayed separately from plane mounted on a dolly Includes 1 pilot figure and more than 3 sets of markings (planned)

Heinkel He162 A-2 Salamande

1:48 F4U-1D Corsair w/ 'Moto-Tug'

SKU: 300061085

Article number: 300061085 Product: 1:48 VOUGHT F4U-1D CORSAIR

About the Vought F4U-1D Corsair w/ Moto-Tug

The speedy Corsair debuted as the 1st US fighter plane to overcome the 400mph (644km/h) barrier. However the initial production version of this aircraft, the F4U-1 "Birdcage", was not without its problems. The port wing stall often gave the Corsair unstable landing, and the long nose and framed canopy hindered visibility. These weak points necessitated the development of improved versions such as the latter developed F4U-1A with 18cm raised cockpit and raised rear landing gear. The F4U-1D featured clear vision canopy (two side frames removed) and had two pylons under the center wing section that could carry up to a 1,000lb bomb payload. In 1944 the F4U-1D Corsair was formally deployed as a carrier based aircraft.

Following the successful release of the 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262 A-2a w/ Kettenkraftrad, Tamiya is proud to present yet another aircraft/ground vehicle set: the 1/48 scale F4U-1D Corsair (Item 61061) with the all new 1/48 "Moto Tug." This kit is perfect for designing the ultimate U.S. Navy Scene Diorama. Aircraft Tug or "Moto-Tug" tractors, as they were nicknamed, were manufactured by Ford. The Ferguson Company modified these vehicles for ease of application in the U.S. Navy by lowering clearance, and reducing wheel diameter to make it more compact. A protective panel was also added. The double-tire version of this vehicle was the BNO-40, the single-tire version was the BNO-25. Tow bars from Moto Tugs would attach to the rear landing gear or main landing gear struts. These vehicles were active in towing U.S. Naval planes to runways and hangers. The kit will feature all new parts for recreation of rockets on outer section of wing, perfect for displaying in wing-folded position. In addition to the standing pilot figure of the previous kit, a pilot figure to be assembled leaning out of the cockpit (checking towing) will be included.

This kit reproduces the double-wheel version of

F4U-1D Corsair w/ 'Moto-Tug'

1:48 WWII USN Douglas A1-H Skyraider

SKU: 300061058

Article number: 300061058 Product: 1:48 WWII USN Douglas A1-H Skyraider

About Douglas A-1H Skyraider U.S. Navy

During 1943 the U.S. Bureau of Aeronautics considered to combine the tasks of torpedo bomber and dive-bomber into one. Several aircraft manufacturers, such as Douglas and Martin, were requested to develop a large, single-seat attack aircraft. According to the requirement, Douglas Skyraider, was developed by Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc.

The development was started in early July 1944, and all night efforts of engineers made the first prototype's first flight possible already on March 18, 1945. Despite the short period of the development, flight trials proved the airframe's flight characteristics satisfactory and the aircraft was rated very highly. In May 1945 a letter of intent for 598 production was signed. The name "Skyraider" was officially approved for the aircraft in February of the following year, and the distribution to units was started at the end of the same year. The Skyraider was powered by Wright R3350 radial engine yielding 2,800 horse power and equipped with three large dive brakes on the fuselage.

The Skyraider had a number of types, from the AD-1 to AD-7, recording grand total number of production of more than 3,000. Among them, AD-6 was the most produced variant. The AD designation for the Skyraider was changed in 1962, and the AD-6 became the A-1H. Noted for its durability and a large capacity for external stores, the Skyraider was well liked by its pilots and crewmen.

Skyraider U. S. Navy

1:48 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.6

SKU: 300061053

1:48 WWII Dt. Messerschmitt Bf109 E3

SKU: 300061050

Article number: 300061050 Product: 1:48 WWII Dt. Messerschmitt Bf109 E3

About the Messerschmitt Bf109 E-3

Without a doubt, the Messerschmitt Bf109 can be claimed as the most famous and successful German aircraft from the WW2. It was the world's most advanced fighter at the time of its debut in 1936, and remained as the standard fighter for the Luftwaffe throughout the conflict.

Created by the brilliant designer Willi Messerschmitt, it had the smallest possible airframe built around the most powerful engine available. It also boasted many of the then innovative features such as an all metal stressed skin construction, retractable main landing gear, automatic Handley-Page leading edge slats, etc. The Bf109 saw first combat during the Spanish Civil War and fully demonstrated its exceptional maneuverability, inherited from its precedent Bf108 Taifun (Typhoon) multi-purpose sports plane. The Bf109 underwent numerous improvement throughout its career, and mass production of the E variant started late in 1939.

Within one year, about 2,000 "E" aircraft were rolled out. Its excellent performance greatly contributed in the active service of German pilots at the Western Front and during the "Battle of Britain". The E-3 version used an improved Daimler-Benz DB601Aa engine capable of 1,100 h.p. output. This engine had provision for mounting a 20mm MG FF cannon on the crankcase and firing through the propeller hub. The Messerschmitt Bf109E was one of the best fighters of the early WW2 period, on a par with the British Spitfire.

Messerschmitt Bf109 E-3

1:48 WWII US North Americ. P-51B Mustang

SKU: 300061042

Article number: 300061042 Product: 1:48 WWII US North Americ. P-51B Mustang

About the North American P-51B Mustang

The Allison engine powered P-51A Apache, was derived from the original RAF Mustang 1 ground attack and photo reconnaissance aircraft. Long before anyone had even heard of a Mustang, the plan to put a Rolls Royce Merlin engine into the airframe had started. The Merlin was powering some of the best warplanes in England; the Hurricane, Spitfire and the Avro Lancaster bomber. To develop a new engine for the P-51 would take considerable time, which the allies did not have.

In September 1940, the Packard Motor Company of the U.S. began license production of the Merlin V-1650-1 engine in Detroit, Michigan. With a new supercharger drive, a new V-1650-3 was mated to the first P-51B. Both the U.S. and England started the Merlin engine modification idea almost simultaneously. 10 airframes were modified in the U.S. with the Merlin and these became the basis for the most successful fighter series of the war.

Flying for the first time on 30 November 1942, the XP-51B was soon modified with a larger coolant radiator scoop, which actually increased its top speed by 50mph and gave it a higher ceiling by 10,000 ft. The addition of an 85 gallon fuel tank behind the seat increased the P-51B's already excellent range, and it could now escort the bombers all the way to the target and back. P-51B Mustangs began arriving in England in September 1943 with the first Mustangs going to the 3354th fighter group at Boxted, England, and ended the war with the most air to air victories. A total of 3788 P-51B's were produced.

N.American P-51B Mustang

1:48 WWII US North Americ. P-51D Mustang

SKU: 300061040

Article number: 300061040 Product: 1:48 WWII US North Americ. P-51D Mustang

About the North American P-51D Mustang 8th AF

In April 1940, drawings were sketched in a New York City hotel room for a new fighter aircraft for the British purchasing Commission. This fighter, the North American NA73X, became one of the best fighter aircraft in the U.S. Army Airforce during World War II, and is known as the P-51 Mustang.

Of the several variations of this famous fighter, the P-51D is generally accepted as the definitive Mustang and was the first production version with the "Bubble" canopy. More "D" model Mustangs were built than all other Mustang variants combined, with a total of 9,603 coming off production lines. 45 squadrons of the famed U.S. 8th Airforce, stationed in England were equipped with the P-51D, which could now escort and protect the heavy bombers all the way to and from targets on the European continent.

There were several major changes that set the "D" apart form earlier Mustangs. One was the change from four .50 caliber machine guns to six, three in each wing. Another was to mount the guns upright which helped to eliminate a jamming tendency that occurred in the four gun system. Ammunition was increased to 400 rounds per inboard gun, and 270 rounds for each of the other four. Underwing pylons were strengthened to carry the 110 or 165 gallon auxiliary drop tanks or 1,000 lb bomb. P-51D Mustangs went to fight in the later Korean conflict and it last flew combat in 1956 in the deserts to the Middle East, when Israel used Spitfires, Messerschimitts and Mustangs together in the Mid East conflict.

N.A.P-51D Mustang 8th AF

1:48 Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunder.II

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1:48 WWII Jp.A6 M5C Type 52 Zero Fighter

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Article number: 300061027 Product: 1:48 WWII Jp.A6 M5C Type 52 Zero Fighter

About the A6M5c Type 52 Zero Fighter

In April 1939, shortly after the first Japanese Zero began test trials, modification drawings were already taking place on the zero in the Mitsubishi design room, to keep pace with the anticipated long air war in the Pacific. After the initial superiority of the Zero over allied aircraft began to wane, due to new U.S. types being introduced, Mitsubishi was hard pressed to maintain a superiority. The introduction of the Grumman F6F and Chance Vought F4U, provided a need for more firepower, armor protection and capability led the combined companies of Nakajima and Mitsubishi to produce the A6M5 series of aircraft.

Total production of the Type 52 series consisted of 10,449 aircraft of which Nakajima produced 6,570. It first entered combat in August 1943 at a time when the Japanese forces were withdrawing from previously held islands in the South Pacific. The type 52c was the last of the A6M5 series, and the most effective against Allied aircraft due to its armament configuration three of 13mm machine guns and two 20mm cannons. A total of 93 Type 52 and 52b zeros were field modified to "c" weapons configuration. The 7.7mm machine guns, housed in the cowling of the Zero since its first introduction, proved to be less effective during the latter stages of the conflict, due to the heavier armor protection of allied aircraft, and their self sealing fuel tanks. The 13mm weapon was greatly more effective; however, due to its increased weight, only one of them could be housed in the cowling and one in each wing. The 7.7 machine guns were removed from the cowling and one 13mm gun was mounted on the right hand side. This installation also made necessary the enlarging of the right hand projectile exit and cowling tube input, of the cowling, giving it an unbalanced look when viewed from the top.

Code named "Zeke" by the Allies, the Type 52c was powered by a 14 cylinder twin row NK1F Sakae 21 e

A6M5c Type 52 Zero Fighte

1:48 WWII Mit.A6M3 Zero Fighter T32 Hamp

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Article number: 300061025 Product: 1:48 WWII Mit.A6M3 Zero Fighter T32 Hamp

About the A6M3 Type 32 Zero Fighter (HAMP)

Much has been written over the years about the Japanese Zero Fighter Aircraft series. Much was based upon hearsay and legend and little upon fact itself. Even the Allied Forces and governments refused at first to acknowledge its existence, and when they did get a copy of it, they could hardly believe the performance it produced.

The prototype zero or A6M1 first took place on paper on January 17, 1938, following the Japanese request for a shipboard fighter with a top speed of 27o kph at 12000 ft 7 6-8 hours of cruise economy endurance and 1.5-2 hours at normal combat speeds. Armament was to be two 20mm cannon and two 7.7mm machine guns plus the normal radio equipment and direction finding gear. These specifications wee so far from the existing state of the art that the famous Nakajima Company dropped out of competition, stating that they were impossible to meet. That left Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and their design team headed by Jiro Horikoshi the only company to tackle the problem.

First flight was on 1 April 1939 and combat trials were concluded in July 1940 with 15 pre-production A6M2's sent to two squadrons by the end of the month. These aircraft had folding wing tips to accommodate aircraft carrier elevators, and were the ones first seen by Gen. Chennault in China, and at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Although the A6M2 met or exceeded original design specifications, modifications were taking place at the Mitsubishi factory to improve roll rate, speed up handling aboard carriers, and utilize the uprated Sakae 21, 1,130 hp engine. The first A6M3 type 32 (code named HAMP) took to the air on 15 July 1941 with production beginning in April 42. A total of 343 aircraft were produced by August 43, when the type 52 A6M5 began production.

The Type 32 Zero had the most radical change in the entire series and was readily recognized by its squared off wing tips. This re

A6M3 Type 32 Zero Fighte

1:48 WWII Jp.Mit.J2M3 Interceptor Raiden

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Article number: 300061018 Product: 1/48 WWII Jp.Mit.J2M3 Interceptor Raiden

In September 1939, aircraft manufacturers Nakajima and Mitsubishi received an unofficial order to trial-manufacture the Raiden, the Japanese Navy's first interceptor (a fighter to undertake the air defence of land bases). It was finally decided, however, that the development and trial-manufacture of the Raiden should be conducted only by Mitsubishi. It was in April of 1940 that the plane was designated "14-Shi Interceptor (J2M1)" and official requirements were set out by the Navy. The requirements gave priority to climbing power, maximum speed and high altitude performance. Aircraft engines of those days that could meet all these requirements were only the air-cooled engine "Kasei" type 11 trial-manufactured by Mitsubishi for the Type 1 Attack Bomber (G4M) "Betty" and the liquid-cooled engine "Atsuta" trial-manufactured by Aichi. Because of the Navy's poor experience in liquid-cooled engines and Atsuta's insufficient reliability, the Navy was forced to employ the air-cooled engine Kasei which, having larger engine diameter and giving larger air resistance, was not best suited to be used in a fighter.

The Raiden was designed by engineer Jiro Horikoshi and his designers who had taken charge of the Zero Fighter. To lessen air resistance, was not best suited to be used in a fighter. The Raiden was designed by engineer Jiro Horikoshi and his designers who had taken charge of the Zero Fighter. To lessen air resistance, the propeller shaft of the engine was made longer and the cowling was made slenderer. To obtain higher cooling efficiency, the forced-cooling fan was used. The body was spindle-shaped with its largest section at the 40% of its overall length. The wing load was as large as 145 kg/m and, in due consideration of dogfights, Fowler flaps were employed. The retracting system and propeller pitch changing system of the electric type were employed in place of those of the hydraulic type which had a bad reputation.

The 14-Sh

Raiden (Jack)

Kawanishi Shiden Type 11

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Article number: 300060768 Product: 1/72 Kawanashi Shiden Type 11

Evolving from the Kawanishi N1K1 "Kyofu" floatplane, the Imperial Japanese Navy's N1K1-J Shiden had a unique pedigree amoung WW2 landplane fighters of the world. In January 1942, the Kawanishi Aircraft firm began adaptation of the Kyofu into a land based fighter, strictly as a private venture. This project was soon officially authorized under the designation N1K1-J, with the first prototype flying in December 1942. The airframe was basically the same as its predecessor, with main landing gear and tall wheel replacing the floats. In place of Kyofu's Mitsubihi Kasei engine, a more compact and powerful Nakajima Homare engine was installed. Excellent performance and superb maneuverability was achieved using this engine, however it brought about serious problems. In order to use all of the available power in the engine, a large diameter propeller was required. This required unusually long main landing gear legs, because of the midwing configuration. This caused difficulties in the landing gear retraction system. Kawansihi engineers managed to solve the problem by introducing telescopic main landing gear legs. The complex gear system and unreliability of the engine, plagued the N1K1-J throughout its career, until the introduction of the improved, low-wing N1K2-J Shiden-Kai. About 1,000 N1K1-J fighters were produced and were active around the Phillipine islands, Formosa, Okinawa and over the Japanese Island of Honshu.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Kawanashi Shiden Type 11 in scale 1:72

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