The Imperial Japanese Navy Channel at iModeler

Hasegawa J2M Raiden 雷電 Lightning Bolt “Jack”

This is Hasegawa’s classic Raiden kit from 1977. It is a good kit for its time, but suffers from basic cockpit detail and shallow wheelwells. I replaced both on my build and plunge-molded the sliding portion of the canopy. There is photograp[...]

Yokosuka K5Y Akatombo 赤とんぼ (Red Dragonfly) “Willow”

The K5Y Akatombo was a primary trainer in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1933 through the end of the Pacific War. It was called Akatombo (Red Dragonfly) after a Japanese children’s poem of the time due to its bright overall orange[...]

Mitsubishi F1M2 Observation Seaplane Type 11

Hasegawa 1/48th scale Mitsubishi F1M2 Zero Observation Seaplane type 11 "Pete" With this kit I used the separate Photo-Etched parts set from Hasegawa. The set included, bracing wires, instrument panels, gunsights and bomb fins. The seat belts ar[...]