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Die-cast metal.

Fully assembled.

Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.

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
aircraft carrier "Zuikaku"
second wave attack
Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, Ensign Kadena

In 1941 the Nakajima B5N2 Kate was getting old and a new more up to date torpedo
bomber was needed. With Japan’s entry into WWII it meant the Kate would have to
continue to be the main Japanese bomber for another 3 years until the B6N “Jill” was
ready. Even though the Kate was old it managed to sink more Allied ships than any
other Japanese torpedo bomber. Once replaced many Kates were modified to serve as
maritime reconnaissance. Out of the 1,150 B5Ns manufactured at least 480 were

On December 7, 1941 as part of the inventory on the aircraft carrier Zuikaku “Lucky
Crane” was 27 B5N2 Kates. These aircraft wore the identification markings EII on their
tail and 2 white stripes around the fuselage aft section. The Kates were loaded with
bombs only and aircraft EII-307 was manned by PO1c T. Kawada (pilot), Ens.
Kazumasa Kaneda (observer – bomber) and Sea1c E. Shinoda (radio operator). Their
mission was to be part of the second wave to attack Pearl Harbor with the airfields and
more ships as their targets.

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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