The Lightning that flashed too late
The IJN experimental fighter Shin-den (literally, “Magnificent Lightning”) made its maiden flight on August 3, 1945, about 10 days before Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces in WW2. Although this aircraft of the unusual style was designed to intercept the American bomber B-29, its performance was never tested or proved in combat, and only two machines were built before the end of War. As many of you see, it looks like the American XP-55 Ascender, but the swept wing with double stabilizers rather reminds me of F7U Cutlass of the later epoch.
I bought this old Hasegawa kit without knowing it had raised panel lines; I had to rescribe them, which was not a very happy work at least for me. Otherwise, it was built almost out of the box, except for some added details including the pitot tube, transparent tail lights on the vertical stabilizers, etc. Because this particular aircraft was a prototype, it had no armaments on the nose (30mm x 4, expedted). My finish may make her look like a brand-new machine. This is not only because I am not good at weathering, but because the kit represents the factory-fresh machine at the time of test flight… 🙂
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