Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 014

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Mitsubishi J2M "Raiden" (Jack) by Jean Barby

This is the "Raiden" of Sadaaki Akamatsu on which he has been credited with two P-R1 of the 15FG shot down. Well known for his hot character, mainly with women and sake, he was also a mighty fine pilot, respected by his superiors, with a long career in the Navy, from China to Atsugi. Akamatsu kind of liked the "Raiden" despite worse manoeuvrability than the Zero and he made good use of it on the B-29 flight path. So here is the Hasegawa model in 48th, with the CMK interior, which is just useless because the headrest which is supposed to fill the slot of the movable part of the canopy when closed, does not do the job. I did add the handles and the sloppy rails for the sliding canopy and the hairspray technic for the weathering. All markings are painted with masks.

- Jean Barby -