1. Master Koike……I would buy the kit just for the boxart……
Now that my Jake is almost finished, here is my new entry to this amazing EoJ GB.
1. One (possibly the first) of the two prototypes
The Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden (震電, “Magnificent Lightning”) fighter was a World War II Japanese propeller-driven aircraft prototype with wings at the rear of the fuselage, a nose-mounted canard, and pusher engine.
Developed by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a short-range, land-based interceptor, the J7W was a response to Boeing 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. A jet engine–powered version was considered, but never even reached the drawing board.
The two prototypes were the only examples of the Shinden ever completed. After the end of the war, one was scrapped; the other was claimed by a U.S. Navy Technical Air Intelligence Unit in late 1945, dismantled, and shipped to the United States. (Some sources claim that the USN took the first built while others state that it was the second.)
1. Kyushu J7W1 Shinden fuselage at the National Air and Space Museum Washington, DC.
The sole surviving J7W1 was reassembled, but has never been flown in the United States; the USN transferred it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1960. Its forward fuselage is currently on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center annex (at Dulles Airport) of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. According to the NASM, ‘miscellaneous parts’ are stored at Building 7C at the older storage/annex facility, the Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland.
I bought this kit 15 years ago. There was a pricedrop at the Japanese kits at those times, so I bought my kit for 16 euros only.
There’s a nice boxart by the Master Koike Shigeo.
The kit has raised panel lines (no problem for me), the plastic is the usual Hasegawa well molded.
Decals look great too.
Instructions are typical hasegawa, ie excellent.
All in all it looks a nice kit of an unusual and gorgeous looking plane.
All the best, great EoJ GB!