1/72 Kawasaki Ki-48-II Otsu Type 99 Light Bomber (LILY) 8th FG

by Hasegawa
$18.54 USD $23.17 USD

Description

This is an injection-plastic aircraft model kit.

This kit is molded in grey and clear plastic and contains photo-etched parts and decals. Completed model measures about 181mm long with an approximate 244mm wingspan.

From the manufacturer:

In 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army ordered a fast, light bomber from Kawasaki Heavy Industries with some very impressive performance figures. This aircraft was to be able to combat Russia's twin engined light bomber SB-2 which was then in operation in China. Specifications were a top speed of 480km/h, ability to cruise 6 hours at 350km/h at 3000 meters, and the ability to climb to 5000 meters in 10 minuets. It also had to be able to dive slowly to accurately deliver its 400kg bomb load, and have a crew of 5. Maneuvrability was emphasized throughout its design and it was first flown in July 1939. It was found to meet all design specifications and given the designation of "type 99 twin engined light bomber" in 1940.

A total of 1977 were produced, in the following sub-types: 557 TYPE Is were made during 1940-1942. The engines were changed to Nakajima HA115 in 1942 making it the "Koh" Type II, of which 550 were made. The "Koh" was modified to have a high speed dive bombing capability, in addition to its other features during 1943-44 and called the type II "Otsu" of which 850 were produced.

The Ki48-I was the main Army light bomber used during the war. It was easy to maintain, and thus in operational readiness more often than other similar aircraft types. It was an excellent Army ground support aircraft that could accurately deliver its bomb load in close proximity to front line troops at altitudes less than 300 meters. Its lack of armor and self sealing fuel tanks, plus the loss of experienced pilots, made the Lily more vulnerable during the latter stages of the war, and it was then used mostly for night operations.

Details

Code: HSG02124
Release Date:
Scale: 1/72
Item Size/Weight: 30.0cm x 14.5cm x 5.5cm / 160g
Manufacturer: Hasegawa

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