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OK, here's my entry into the Group Build: Doyusha's N1K2-J "George". This is the later low-wing version, and quite a fine kit too. Its two major shortcomings are the cockpit and the engine. I'm not sure if I'll do anything about the engine yet, but the ridiculous cockpit will need to be addressed. The cockpit floor is positioned around about where the pilot's knees would be, to accommodate an erstwhile motorisation assembly beneath it.

 

Here's the box:

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And it's contents:

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I received this kit as a gift from a friend, and found inside it a set of Eduard painting masks for the canopy and wheels, as well as a set of pre-coloured photo-etched seat belts. Cool! Even the decal sheet looks decent, though who knows how they'll perform.

 

Can anybody recommend some decent references for this aircraft? I'll definitely need something that shows me what the real cockpit looked like!

 

Kev

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Kev,

 

that is an other good pick up.

I have this one in the stash and it looks like a good kit if you put aside the pit, engine and landing gear I would say.

Nothing that you can not fix my friend!

Cheers,

 

loic

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Can anybody recommend some decent references for this aircraft? I'll definitely need something that shows me what the real cockpit looked like!

Kev,

 

All of the good N1K2-J detail references are out of print, as far as I know, but they're well worth searching for:

 

Koseski: 'Kawanishi N1K1/N1K2-J Shiden/Kai' (Suisei [Poland], 1991; in Polish; 64 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: N1K1, N1K1-J, N1K2-J; COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K1-J (p. 32-34), N1K2-J (p. 30-32, 64); WHEELWELL DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 20, 23, 24); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K2-J engine (p. 16-19), exhausts (p. 20), wing hard points (p. 21), landing gear (p. 26), control surfaces (p. 27-29) ; MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS: N1K1-J (p. 54, 55), N1K2-J (p. 56, 57); SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K1-J (p. 60-62), N1K2-J (p. 63, 64)

 

Nohara and Mochizuki: 'Kawanishi N1K2-J "George" Shiden-Kai' (Aero Detail series, No. 26; Dai-Nippon Kaiga Co., Ltd. [Japan], 1999; in Japanese and English; 72 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: N1K2-J , N1K2-K (trainer), N1K3-A, N1K3-J, N1K5-J; COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 22-26, 62-65); WHEELWELL DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 43, 44); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K2-J canopy (p. 20-22, 24, 65), engine [Homare 21] & engine bay (p. 16-19, 61), exhausts (p. 10-12), flaps (p. 35-37), fuselage structure (p. 2, 3, 59), guns (p. 38), landing gear (p. 41, 42, 46), navigation lights (p. 40), nose (p. 6-11, 15, 61), oil cooler (p. 13, 14), propeller (p. 6-9, 18), tail (p. 27, 29, 45, 47, 48), wing structure (p. 60); CUTAWAY DRAWINGS: N1K2-J [weapon systems only] (p. 66); MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS: N1K2-J (p. 67-70), N1K2-K [trainer] (p. 72), N1K3-A (p. 72), N1K3-J (p. 71), N1K5-J (p. 72); GENERIC CAMOUFLAGE PATTERNS: N1K2-J (p. 50); GENERIC MARKING PATTERNS: N1K2-J (p. 50); SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K2-J (p. 49-52)

 

------: 'Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden Kai"' (Maru Mechanic series, No. 1; Maru [Japan], 1976; in Japanese; 42 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: Kawanishi N1K2-J "Shiden Kai" (George II); COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 5, 11, 18, 27); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K2-J, including engine (p. 6, 7); CUTAWAY DRAWINGS: N1K2-J (p. 25, 26); MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS: N1K2-J (fold-out); SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K, N1K1-J, N1K2-J; COMMENT: Additional material on N1K2-J in No. 21, which is reprinted in No. 43

 

------: 'Kawanishi N1K1-J "Shiden" / N1K2-J "Shiden Kai"' (Maru Mechanic series, No. 21; Maru [Japan], 1980; in Japanese; 86 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: Kawanishi N1K1 "Kyofu" (Rex), N1K1-J "Shiden" (George I), N1K2-J "Shiden Kai" (George II); COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K1-J (p. 3, 24, 39, 40), N1K2-J (p. 4, 5, 25, 39-42); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K1, N1K1-J, N1K2-J; MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS: N1K1-J, N1K2-J (fold-out); SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K1-J, N1K2-J; COMMENTS: Reprinted in No. 43. Additional material on N1K2-J in No. 1

 

------: 'IJN Interceptor Fighter Kawanishi "Shiden-Kai" (Gorge) [sic]' (Military Aircraft Special Issue series [unnumbered]; Delta Publishing [Japan], 1997; in Japanese; 150 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: A1N, A2N, A4N, A5M, A6M, A6M2-N (Rufe), A7M, IMF, IMF10, J1N, J2M, J5N, J7W, N1K1 (Rex), N1K1-J, N1K2-J, N1K3-J; COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 6, 8-10, 66, 72-78); WHEELWELL DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 13, 83, 84); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K1-J landing gear (p. 41); N1K2-J ailerons (p. 61), canopy (p. 70, 71), cowl (p. 92, 93), drop tank (p. 96), engine (p. 5, 88-91), engine bearer (p. 97), fuselage structure (p. 39, 50-53), guns (p. 101), landing gear (p. 41, 79-84), tail (p. 67-69), wing structure (p. 40, 58-60, 62, 63); MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS: N1K1 (p. 21, 22), N1K1-J (p. 28-30), N1K2-J (p. 32-40, 48), N1K3-J (p. 44, 45); SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K2-J prototype (p. 14), N1K2-J (p. 14-16)

 

------: 'Kawanishi N1K1/N1K2-J' (Model Art Special Issue series, No. 304; Model Art [Japan], 1988; in Japanese; 156 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: Kawanishi N1K1 Rex, N1K1-J and N1K2-J George; COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K1 (p. 40, 41), N1K1-J (p. 10, 46, 47), N1K2-J (p. 79); WHEELWELL DETAIL: N1K1-J (p. 45), N1K2-J (p. 55, 60, 67, 68, 104); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K1, N1K1-J, N1K2-J; MULTI-VIEW DRAWINGS: N1K1, N1K1-J, N1K2-J; SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K1, N1K1-J, N1K2-J; COMMENT(s): Includes 8 paint chips of IJAAF colors (p. 107)

 

------: 'Navy Fighter Shiden (exact title unknown [specified in Japanese])' (Pacific War series, No. 24; Gakken [Japan], 2000; in Japanese; 182 pages) -- AIRCRAFT TYPES INCLUDED: N1K1-J, N1K2-J; COCKPIT DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 54-57); WHEELWELL DETAIL: N1K2-J (p. 65); MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL: N1K2-J flap (p. 63), landing gear (p. 64), underwing shell-ejection chutes (p. 61, 62); SPECIFIC MARKING PROFILES: N1K2-J (p. 39-46)

 

Charles Metz

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Kev,

 

All of the good N1K2-J detail references are out of print, as far as I know, but they're well worth searching for:

 

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Charles Metz

 

 

Thanks Charles. I should have known you'd be along with all the information necessary!

 

Kev

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Hey Kevin!, I don't have any info in front of me, but would a motor out of a 'Frank' work on this critter? I know they're both 2000hp, and might be the same? Maybe even real close as far as the reduction case and diameter? I think I have an extra un-built Frank motor you could use, is why I'm asking. I can measure the diameter of the motor I'm building now if you want to see if it'll fit in your cowl? Lemme know,OK?! Russ

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Hey Kevin!, I don't have any info in front of me, but would a motor out of a 'Frank' work on this critter? I know they're both 2000hp, and might be the same? Maybe even real close as far as the reduction case and diameter? I think I have an extra un-built Frank motor you could use, is why I'm asking. I can measure the diameter of the motor I'm building now if you want to see if it'll fit in your cowl? Lemme know,OK?! Russ

 

 

Yes, the engines I believe are the same. The designations between army and navy might be different but the engines are identical.

 

I have the Aero Detail reference and the Gakken reference on the N1K2...let me know what you need.

 

Tim

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Hey Kevin!, I don't have any info in front of me, but would a motor out of a 'Frank' work on this critter? I know they're both 2000hp, and might be the same? Maybe even real close as far as the reduction case and diameter? I think I have an extra un-built Frank motor you could use, is why I'm asking. I can measure the diameter of the motor I'm building now if you want to see if it'll fit in your cowl? Lemme know,OK?! Russ

 

Hey Russ, thanks (again!) buddy. TimC says they're the same engine, so that's good enough for me. I haven't even started the research phase yet, so I'm still in the dark about most of the specifics. Yeah, measure it up and we'll see if it fits.

 

Kev

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Yes, the engines I believe are the same. The designations between army and navy might be different but the engines are identical.

 

I have the Aero Detail reference and the Gakken reference on the N1K2...let me know what you need.

 

Tim

 

Hi Tim,

 

I don't have either of those references, but I'm not sure what info I need yet as I still haven't had a chance to look through what I do have. I'll get back to you!

 

Kev

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I had contemplated using a Frank engine on mine, but Hasegawa's is half hollow from the Frank kit- I also thought about casting the front row of cylinders and reduction gear casing, and modifying those to the Shiden's specs.......Not sure how to hit that one yet...

 

Anyway, Thanks for sharing- Nice kit overall! I want to build Kanno's aircraft!

 

THOR :rolleyes:

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So how does this kit compare to the Revell George kit? The Revell ones seem to command more $$$ on ebay from what I have seen, and I am curious as to why. If they are comparable, then maybe I should try to snag a Doyusha kit to build.

 

Cheers,

 

Doug

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So how does this kit compare to the Revell George kit? The Revell ones seem to command more $$$ on ebay from what I have seen, and I am curious as to why. If they are comparable, then maybe I should try to snag a Doyusha kit to build.

 

Cheers,

 

Doug

 

The Revell kit is the early mid wing version N1K1 originally derived from the Rex floatplane (not the other way around !) The Revell kit is one of urban legend with the molds sinking somewhere in the Pacific along with the Jack and Tony. That's the main reason for the high price. You can't get them any longer. The Doyusha (Swallow) kit is an N1K2 low wing version. Molds are still around. A very nice kit except for the cockpit because the kit was made to have the prop spin and roll on the floor. If you can scratch build an interior, you can have yourself a very nice late war Japanese fighter. The difference in the versions is kind of like an Allison P-51A Mustang compared to a P-51D. Hope this helps

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