1. Beautiful boxart…of course I will keep the box!!!
My Tsurugi is almost finished, ready for its suicide mission. So, my addiction to this spectacular GB urged me to dig out this classic beauty from my SoD.
The Aichi E13A (Allied reporting name: “Jake”) was a long-range reconnaissance seaplane used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) from 1941 to 1945. Numerically the most important floatplane of the IJN, it could carry a crew of three and a bombload of 250 kg (550 lb). The Navy designation was “Navy Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane”
In China, it operated from seaplane tenders and cruisers. Later, it was used as a scout for the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and was encountered in combat by the United States Navy during the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway. It was in service throughout the conflict, for coastal patrols, strikes against navigation, liaison, officer transports, castaway rescues, and other missions, along with some kamikaze missions in the last days of war.
One Aichi E13A was operated by Nazi Germany alongside two Arado Ar 196s out of the base at Penang. The three aircraft formed the East Asia Naval Special Service to assist the German Monsun Gruppe as well as local Japanese naval operations.
Eight examples were operated by the French Navy Air Force during the First Indochina War from 1945-1947, while others were believed to be operated by the Naval Air Arm of the Royal Thai Navy before the war. One example captured by New Zealand forces was flown by RNZAF personnel in theatre, but sank and was not repaired after a float leaked.
Back in 2002, I found this beauty, together with the 1/48 Nichimos Kate and Nick, sealed and forgotten at shelf of a toy/hobby shop in my hometown. Bought them all for 35 euros!!!! Isn’t life a miracle?
Lying in my SoD for all these years, decided to build the Jake for this lovely GB.
It is a very old kit, but still the only game in town. Chances are that Tamigawa or someone else mainstream will release a new mold around a week before I finish mine….So I better hurry to make you, my friends and all fellow modellers happy ASAP!
Engine is a joke, only a decorated plate, as this is the motorized version (but no motor is included).
Also cockpit is a joke, being shallow, hosting the batteries under it.
1. Haha! "Pilot pit was made very elaborate"
The rest of the parts are reasonably detailed, raised panel lines allover (no problem for me), but quite a few sink marks were noted.
Canopy is one piece (good for me, as I usually build my planes with closed canopies, so that I don’t have to detail cockpits that much………EEEERRRRR, SORRY: so that I preserve the aircraft lines……).
Decals look very old…….
Instructions are a pamphlet in Japanese
and an extra sheet with the translation. Look sufficient.
I first dealt with the engine problem. The Jake wears a Mitsubishi MK8 Kinsei 43 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, this means two 7 cylinder rows. Had an extra Nakajima Ki-27 Ha-1 Kotobuki Otsu 9-cylinder air-cooled radial, left from my Hasegawa Nate build (Hase provided two nice identical engines, one with central axle and one with a hole – to fit the polycap).
1. Nate block and cylinders
2. Nichimo joke "engine"
3. Offending plates removed
What I did was to cut the 9 cylinders from their block, file them down to reduce their length (as the Kinsei is narrower) and reglue only 7 of them circumferentially to the block.
Removed the blank offending plates from the Jake cowling halves and ground their inner part to allow for some extra room.
1. Nice! Thanks Hasegawa! Thanks Nate!
Glued the cowling halves together, sanded the (half) Kinsei (!!!!) a bit here and there and it fitted!
Now the cowling will be sanded smooth in and out and the front engine row will be glued o top of the Nichimo provided engine looking plate, so I will have a “false” back row. I think the result will be suficient (If Hasegawa do it at their Val, I can do it as well!!)
1. Yours truly feeling proud! The cylinders even have harness molded!
P.S. “Quality Control” representatives are sleeping now, hopefully will have their “GO” release tomorrow….
All the best Great EoJ GB!