Japanese recon plane

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Japanese recon plane

Post by cnq » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:27 am

Tamiya 1/48 kit and built out of box.

Hyakushiki Shitel 3 Recon Plane

On 12 December 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force issued a specification to Mitsubishi for a long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft to replace the Mitsubishi Ki-15. The specification demanded an endurance of six hours and sufficient speed to evade interception by any fighter in existence or development, but otherwise did not constrain the design by a team led by Tomio Kubo 久保富夫 (1931 graduate from Aeronautical Section of the Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo Imperial University) whose aesthetics is densely infused to this elegant aircraft.[1]
The resulting design was a twin-engined, low-winged monoplane with a retractable tailwheel undercarriage. It had a small diameter oval fuselage which accommodated a crew of two, with pilot and observer situated in individual cockpits separated by a large fuel tank. Further fuel tanks were situated in the thin wings both inboard and outboard of the engines, giving a total fuel capacity of 1,490 L (328 imperial gallons). The engines, two Mitsubishi Ha-26, were housed in close fitting cowlings developed by the Aeronautical Research Institute of the Tokyo Imperial University to reduce drag and improve pilot view.[1][2]
This aircraft was first used by the Japanese Army in Manchukuo and China, where seven units were equipped with it, and also at times by the Japanese Imperial Navy in certain reconnaissance missions over the northern coasts of Australia and New Guinea.




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Re: Japanese recon plane

Post by Epap » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:46 am

Nice build, cnq Good to see that chipping----very realistic.

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Re: Japanese recon plane

Post by snake » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:22 pm

Agree with epap.

Nice build and the weathering is just about perfect. 8)

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Re: Japanese recon plane

Post by cnq » Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:29 pm

Hey thanks guys.

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Re: Japanese recon plane

Post by ketelone » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:15 pm

Beautiiiiful!
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Re: Japanese recon plane

Post by Dauntless » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:33 am

Always liked the Dinah. Closest to a pre-built I have is the tiny F-Toys 1:144.

Sure would like one in 1:72 diecast, but it's not likely.

Nice work cnq.
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Re: Japanese recon plane

Post by cnq » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:17 pm

Thanks ketelone & Dauntless.
I'm now looking to build a more colorful scheme and thinking about the Italian Macchi 200. The Tamiya 1/48 version looks quite good to me :)

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