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New images added for Hobby Master HA2011 B5N2 Kate Flown By Lt. Cdr. Shigekazu Shimazaki, Carrier Zuikaku, Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th 1941

New images added for Hobby Master HA2011 B5N2 Kate Flown By Lt. Cdr. Shigekazu Shimazaki, Carrier Zuikaku, Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th 1941. Pre-orders for this 1:72 scale model are being taken at £54.95.

The Nakajima B5N1 first flew in January 1937. It was quite unique for a carrier-aircraft with its low mono wing that folded for storage and wide-track inward folding retractable landing gear. The new Kates were far superior to its competition, the TBD Devastator and the Fairey Swordfish however it did have its shortcomings. It was very poorly armed for self defense and required A5M escort protection. Also the crew and fuel tanks had no protection. The B5N1 was replaced by the improved B5N2.

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