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Shinden!

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The Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden (震電, "Magnificent Lightning") fighter was a World War II Japanese propeller-driven aircraft prototype that was built in a canard design. The wings were attached to the tail section and stabilizers were on the front. The propeller was also in the rear, in a pusher configuration.

Developed by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a short-range, land-based interceptor, the J7W was a response to B-29 Superfortress raids on the Japanese home islands. For interception missions, the J7W was to be armed with four forward-firing 30 mm cannons in the nose.

The Shinden was expected to be a highly maneuverable interceptor, but only two prototypes were finished before the end of war. Building a gas turbine–powered version was considered but never even reached the drawing board.
the kit
Zoukei-Mura's kits are legendary for the amount of detail they include. Such things as pistons inside the engines, spars and ribs in the wings and incredible detail stuffed into the fuselage are commonplace in Z-M kits. In this case, it was a shame to cover it all up, so many access panels were left off the model to show some of it off. The model was finished as one of the prototypes, a boring scheme but it has the benefit of being accurate.
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About the Author

About Robert Pollock (rob_pollock)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Rob is an IPMS (UK) member and an active member of Norfolk Scale Model Group (Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norfolk-Scale-Model-Group/1448855095344704.).


Comments

Robert, A good looking model. You did a great job. I have to acquire one of these.
AUG 30, 2014 - 04:58 AM
Very nice looking build, Rob - great execution of a worthy kit! Looks like some extra details were added as well (not sure if the kit provides engine wiring etc). Frederick - the 1/32 kits are long sold out and were a pretty limited run... 1/48 kits are still in production though may be hard to find in stock / at non-gouging price - I have mind in queue and detail / interior detail is still very good... I can't compare 1 to 1, since I don't have the larger brethren but the smaller kit is quite detailed.
SEP 02, 2014 - 05:44 AM