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The Jack- Hasegawa 1/48 J2M3 Raiden

January 7, 2013 · in Aviation · · 4 · 1.9K

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (Jack) was a radical departure from conventional Japanese fighter design. It's wide, barrel-like fuselage design stemmed from the layout of its Kasei engine, and was used primarily for home defense. As an interceptor, its performance never quite measured up to that of the Kawanishi N1K1-J and 2-J designs, but served bravely until the war's end.

has done several iterations of this kit, this one being the J2M3, which was the most widely-used of the J2M series. For years, 's 70s-vintage Raiden was the standard of the industry until Hasegawa released this kit in 1996.

The J2M3 was flown by the flamboyant IJN pilot Sadaaki Akamatsu, who was somewhat of a rabble-rouser in his day. Quite the drinker and womanizer, it has been legend that at least once Akamatsu flew in a kimono after suddenly hearing an air raid siren while in a geisha house!

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  1. Just how many Hasegawa 1/48th Japanese planes you got?!

  2. Having seen this puppy in person last month out at Chino, a "10" for you sir.

  3. Tom- thanks for all the "10s", but you are being generous.
    Craig- I still have many yet to build (at least two dozen), half Hasegawa and half Tamiya. I've always admired Japanese planes. Most are a beautiful assortment of compound curves!

  4. The Raiden has been one of my favorites in the looks dept. because it is so different. Very nice job on the model and for an interesting story with a twist.

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