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Die-cast metal.

Fully assembled.

Superb detailing in 1/72

Pre-painted with pad applied markings.

Comes with crew figures

Comes with a torpedo.

Display stand included.

Option to display model with wheels up or down.

Minimum use of plastic.

Very collectable.
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bomber
Akagi first wave attack, Commander's aircraft
Pearl Harbor, Dec. 1941
When Japan entered WWII the B5N Kate was the standard torpedo bomber and sank
more Allied ships than any other type of Japanese aircraft. B5N2’s played the main role
in sinking the carrier Lexington at Coral Sea, Yorktown at Midway and Hornet at the
Battle of Santa Cruz in October 1942. There were 1,150 B5N1 and B5N2 Torpedo
Bombers produced but by 1944 the Kate had been replaced by the B6N “Jill”. The Kate
ended its service being used for Kamikaze attacks leaving no surviving examples.

The actual attack on Pearl Harbor was commanded by Mitsuo Fuchida. His B5N2 Kate
lead the way and at 0749 sent the coded signal “To, To, To” (Totsugeskiseyo -
“charge”) to his 51 D3A dive bombers, 40 B5N torpedo bombers, 50 B5N high level
bombers and 43 A6M fighters. At 0753 he sent the message Tora, Tora, Tora, back to
the Japanese Fleet meaning the operation was successful.
Fuchida remained on site to assess the damage from both attack waves and returned to
the Akagi with 20 large anti-aircraft holes.

Specifications for the Nakajima B5N2 “Kate”

3 (pilot, observer, radio operator)

Length: 33ft 10in   (10.30 m)
Wingspan: 50ft 11in   (15.52m)
Height: 12ft 2in   (3.70m)
Wing area: 406ft²   (37.7m²)

Empty weight: 5,024lb   (2,279kg)
Loaded weight: 8,380lb   (3,800kg)
Maximum take off weight: 9,040lb   (4,100kg)

1 X Nakajima Sakae 11 radial engine - 1,000hp   (750kw)

Maximum speed: 229mph   (367 km/h)
Range: 1,202mi   (1,935km)
Service ceiling: 27,100ft   (8,260m)
Rate of climb: 1,283ft/min   (6.5m/s)
Wing loading: 21lb/ft²   (101kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.12hp/lb   (0.20kw/kg)

Guns: 1 X dual flexible 7.7mm in the rear cockpit.
External stores: 1 X 1764 lb (800-kg) torpedo or 3 X 551-lb (250-kg) bombs


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