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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA2012
Nakajima B5N2 Kanko/Kate Diecast Model
IJNAS 931st Naval Flying Group, KEB-303, Kushira Air Base, Okinawa, April 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Nakajima B5N2 Kanko/Kate   5.75"   8.5"

The 931st Japanese Naval Air Group was established on February 1, 1944 and assigned the designation KEB. Kushira Air Base on Okinawa began with the purpose of training pilots, navigators and ground crews. Later during WWII with Japan now losing they resorted to Kamikaze attacks with Kushira becoming the third largest Kamikaze base. In April 1945 B5N2 Kate KEB303 was assigned the task of Anti Submarine Warfare and later assigned to a training unit ended up saving the aircraft from the U.S. assault on Okinawa. 363 Kamikaze pilots from Okinawa were lost.

Nakajima B5N2 Kanko/Kate

Designed to meet a 1935 Imperial Japanese Navy requirement for a carrier-based attack bomber to replace the Yokosuka B4Y, the B5N was first flown in January, 1937.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale BN5 Kate is constructed almost entirely from diecast metal, with a large, solid metal wing that dominates the model. The multi-piece configurable canopy has two opened covers and a removable rear-facing machine gun. The front and side instrument panels are pad-printed and crisp panel lines can be seen across the surface of the model. Other fine details include simulated fabric-stretched control surfaces on the wing and elevators and cooling fins that can be seen inside the radial engine. Variants in this series include the B5N1 and the improved B5N2, configured as either a torpedo bomber, with a removable torpedo, or a dive bomber with several bomb load configurations.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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