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De Agostini World War II Warbirds DAWF01
Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai/George Diecast Model
IJNAS 343rd Kokutai, 301st Hikotai, Naoshi Kanno, 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai/George   5.25"   6.5"

The N1K1-J Shiden entered service in early 1944. The N1K1-J, and the N1K2-J Shiden-Kai released later that year, were among the rare Japanese aircraft that offered pilots an even chance against late-war American designs such as the F6F Hellcat and the F4U Corsair. The N1K2-J Shiden-Kai proved to be one of the best dogfighting aircraft produced by either side. Along with high speed the Shiden-Kai offered pilots an agile aircraft with a roll rate of 82 degrees/sec at 386 km/h (240 mph) backing four powerful 20 mm cannons in the wings. As a bomber interceptor the N1K2-J fared less well, hampered as it was by a poor rate of climb and reduced engine performance at high altitude.

Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai/George

A descendent of the N1K1 floatplane, the Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai "George" was first flown on January 1, 1944. Although its development was plagued by production problems, the N1K2 was nevertheless considered one of the best dogfighters of WWII. It was very well-armed-with four 20mm cannons and two machine guns-and its high speed and agility made it a formidable opponent for any Allied pilot. The N1K2's influence on the war's outcome was limited, though, partially because of B-29 raids on Japanese factories that reduced the ultimate number of N1K2's entering service to just 415.

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De Agostini World War II Warbirds

The De Agostini "Warbirds" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of World War II military aircraft in 1:72 scale.

De Agostini "Warbirds" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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