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De Agostini World War II Warbirds DAWF10
Aichi B7A2 Ryusei/Grace Diecast Model
IJNAS 752nd Kokutai, 5th Hikotai, 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Aichi B7A2 Ryusei/Grace   6.25"   7.75"

The Aichi B7A Ryusei ("Shooting Star") was a large and powerful carrier-borne torpedo-dive bomber produced by Aichi Kokuki KK for the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service during the Second World War. Built in only small numbers and deprived of the aircraft carriers it was intended to operate from, the type had little chance to distinguish itself in combat before the war ended in August 1945. Given the codename "Grace" by the Allies, the B7A first flew as a prototype in May 1942, but teething problems with the experimental NK9C Homare engine and necessary modifications to the airframe meant that the type did not enter into production until two years later in May 1944. Nine prototype B7A1s were built and 80 production version B7A2s completed by Aichi before a severe earthquake in May 1945 destroyed the factory at Funakata where they were being assembled. A further 25 examples were produced at the 21st Naval Air Arsenal at Omura.

Aichi B7A2 Ryusei/Grace

Designed to to meet an Imperial Japanese Naval requirement for a torpedo/dive-bomber, the Ryusei was first flown in 1942.

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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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