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De Agostini World War II Warbirds DAWF05
Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden/Jack Diecast Model
IJNAS 352nd Kokutai, Yoshihiro Aoki, Omura Air Base, Japan, 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden/Jack   5.5"   5.75"

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden ("Lightning Bolt") is a single-engined land-based fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service in World War II. The Allied reporting name was "Jack".

The Raiden made its combat debut in June 1944 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Several J2Ms operated from Guam and Saipan and a small number of aircraft were deployed to the Philippines. Later, some J2Ms were based in Chosen airfields , for defence of these areas and fighting against Soviet Naval Aviation units.

Primarily designed to defend against the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the type was handicapped at high altitude by the lack of a turbocharger. However, its four-cannon armament supplied effective firepower and the use of dive and zoom tactics allowed it to score occasionally.

Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden/Jack

Designed by Jiro Horikoshi, who also designed the A6M Zero, this local defense interceptor first flew on March 20, 1942. Since its primary mission was to counter high-altitude bombing raids, the J2M was endowed with speed, armament and climb performance but was lacking in maneuverability. Production was slowed by the need for modifications to the propeller pitch change mechanism and the main undercarriage, and in the end six variants were produced. The mature J2M performed well and had sufficient armament to take on a B-29, but the American switch to night bombing less than one year after its combat debut limited its overall effectiveness.

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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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