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Nakajima B5N2 Kate
Hobby Master 1/72 B5N2 Type 97 Attack Bomber "Kate" Aircraft Carrier Zuiho, April 1943,HA2008
Part # HA2008
List Price: $72.95
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Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
Comes with crew figures.
Comes with bombs.
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.
The Nakajima B5N1 first flew in January 1937. It was quite unique for a carrier-aircraft
with its low mono wing that folded for storage and wide-track inward folding retractable
landing gear. The new Kates were far superior to its competition, the TBD Devastator
and the Fairey Swordfish however it did have its shortcomings. It was very poorly
armed for self defense and required A5M escort protection. Also the crew and fuel
tanks had no protection. The B5N1 was replaced by the improved B5N2.
Originally the name for the Zuihō was the Takasaki. The Takasaki was being built as a
submarine tender but the IJN decided to complete the ship as an aircraft carrier. In
December 1940 the Zuihō (Lucky Phoenix) was commissioned. The ship helped to
cover the invasion of the East Indies, took part in the Battle of Santa Cruz, was at
Guadalcanal ferrying aircraft to Truk in late 1942 and early 1943. It took part in the
Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944.
During one of the four major encounters of the Battle of Leyte Gulf; the Battle of Cape
Engano the Zuihō was one of the IJN ships acting as decoys. On October 25, 1944 the
Zuihō and others were sunk.
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