Type 97 carrier attack plane

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Benjamin Nga » Wed, 02 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Just finished reading G. Prange's book God's Samurai and am looking to
build M. Fuchida's (leader at Pearl Harbour) plane.

A few questions:

1. Which is the best Type 97 kit these days? Preferably 1/48 but any
scale will do. AFAIK no recent new kits are available. Is Hase planning
one after their type 99....?

2. Saw a drawing of his plane in Apr 1942 with red tail and yellow
markings (AI-301, I think). Was the paint scheme the same at Pearl
Harbor?

3. Any Pearl Harbor sites worth visiting for plane modellers?

Thanks

Benjamin Ngai
Hamilton, Ontario.

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Dan Salamon » Wed, 02 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Benjamin,
         You will enjoy this site run by Dave Pluth:
                http://WWW.J-AIRCRAFT.COM/

Be sure to check the discussion boards, the one on the IJN in particular
for information on the Kate. There is much debate as to how these planes
were painted, you can read it all here as it unfolds.....
   As for a kit, yes the Nichimo kit has stood the test of time well. If
you are so inclined I would guess a Hasegawa/Tamiya kit is just a matter
of time as we have seen the Grace and Val the past year, and the Jill is
due from Hasegawa in 1999.
   Hope this helps,
                        Dan

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Albatros » Thu, 03 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>1. Which is the best Type 97 kit these days? Preferably 1/48 but any
>scale will do. AFAIK no recent new kits are available. Is Hase planning
>one after their type 99....?

No word on Hasegawa doing anything like this.

The one, the only, the still-great 1/48 kit of this airplane, available at
shows and in hobby shops that don't clear their shelves, is the Nichimo Kate,
which has the information to do Fuchida's airplane.  Interior needs work, but
the exterior is still up to***20 years later.

Tom Cleaver

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by SmudgeR » Thu, 03 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>he one, the only, the still-great 1/48 kit of this airplane, available at
>shows and in hobby shops that don't clear their shelves, is the Nichimo Kate,
>which has the information to do Fuchida's airplane.  Interior needs work, but
>the exterior is still up to***20 years later

As painful as the fit was, it builds up into a good representation  of the
Kate. While in Japan, I was begging Hasegawa to do one in 1/48.

I've often wondered why no one has done an aftermarket***pit/detail set for
this kit.

Smudge
IPMS 14147

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Cheshire Cat to Alice

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Benjamin Nga » Thu, 03 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Thanks Tom for the info. I was hoping there maybe another choice other
than the Nichimo kit....

Any after market stuff.... I know I am asking a bit much for a 20 yo kit....

Ben


Quote:
> No word on Hasegawa doing anything like this.

> The one, the only, the still-great 1/48 kit of this airplane, available at
> shows and in hobby shops that don't clear their shelves, is the Nichimo Kate,
> which has the information to do Fuchida's airplane.  Interior needs work, but
> the exterior is still up to***20 years later.

> Tom Cleaver


 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by KDur5972 » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>Thanks Tom for the info. I was hoping there maybe another choice other
>than the Nichimo kit....

>Any after market stuff.... I know I am asking a bit much for a 20 yo kit....

I have asked around about aftermarket stuff for a  1/48 Kate.  Doesn't seem to
be any.

you're aware that there's a very nice 1/72 Hasegawa B5N, right?

Ken Durling (IAV8)
IPMS NorCal

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by D. Anders » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


On Wed, 2 Sep 1998 10:41:26 -0400, Benjamin Ngai

Quote:

>Thanks Tom for the info. I was hoping there maybe another choice other
>than the Nichimo kit....

>Any after market stuff.... I know I am asking a bit much for a 20 yo kit....

20? I think it is closer to 30 y.o. I seem to remember a review in a
S.M. from about 1970 or 1971.

Personally, I wouldn't mind the lack of aftermarket stuff if there
were more info and photos available of it.

Did the Americans take a lot of pictures of the one they flew and
evaluated in the States?

DA

Quote:

>Ben


>> No word on Hasegawa doing anything like this.

>> The one, the only, the still-great 1/48 kit of this airplane, available at
>> shows and in hobby shops that don't clear their shelves, is the Nichimo Kate,
>> which has the information to do Fuchida's airplane.  Interior needs work, but
>> the exterior is still up to***20 years later.

>> Tom Cleaver


 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Benjamin Nga » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Dear Ken,

I have seen it in the Hasegawa catalogue. Unless it is substantially
better than the Nichimo, I think I will go with 1/48. Again, do
you know of any aftermarket stuff for the 1/72 Kate?

Thanks.

Ben

Quote:

> I have asked around about aftermarket stuff for a  1/48 Kate.  Doesn't seem to
> be any.

> you're aware that there's a very nice 1/72 Hasegawa B5N, right?

> Ken Durling (IAV8)
> IPMS NorCal

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by KDur5972 » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Unless it is substantially
>better than the Nichimo, I think I will go with 1/48. Again, do
>you know of any aftermarket stuff for the 1/72 Kate?

Better?  I'm not sure.  The Nichimo is pretty damn good for its time.  The
Hasegawa is at least a "2nd generation" Hasegawa in that it is engraved, not
raised.  I've looked at it, and it looks really beautiful to me.  Odds are that
it's very accurate, and they offer it with a fair selection of different
markings.  There is an Eduard PE set for it.

HTH

Ken Durling (IAV8)
IPMS NorCal

 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Burl Burlingam » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


There is an aftermarket detail set on the way for the Nichimo kit (which is
actually very nice -- primary external problem is the low canopy). Detail kit
includes the proper Pearl Harbor torpedo boxing.
 
 
 

Type 97 carrier attack plane

Post by Mark » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> There is an aftermarket detail set on the way for the Nichimo kit (which is
> actually very nice -- primary external problem is the low canopy).

Squadron produces a "Kate" canopy -- No. 9539.  I assume it's better than the OEM
canopy?

Quote:
> Detail kit
> includes the proper Pearl Harbor torpedo boxing.

Yum!  Who, when, how much?????

Mark

 
 
 

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Post by KDur5972 » Fri, 04 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>> There is an aftermarket detail set on the way for the Nichimo kit

Hurray!   Any idea when and from who?

Ken Durling (IAV8)
IPMS NorCal