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The family is finally completed by Alan-the-leopard The family is finally completed by Alan-the-leopard
My latest scale plane has been a 1/48th Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shiden (Japanese for "violet lightning", I think, and re-named "George" by the Americans) that you can see here in the middle beside two other aircraft it is related with: to the left, the N1K1 Kyofu (Japanese for "mighty wind", if Im not wrong, and re-named "Rex" by the Americans) seaplane fighter, and to the right, the N1K2 Shiden-kai (where "-kai" refers to an improved model).
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rozniy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Wonder why they had to switch the Kasei engine to the unreliable Homare? The later mark Kasei was almost as powerful, especially since I understand the Homare didn't always give its full power.

They could have kept the Kyofu's beautifully matched cowl and prop hub in the Shiden.. :)
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Alan-the-leopard Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Im not sure either on why did they change the Kasei to the Homare, but there may be many reasons (contract with the company that fabricated the Kasei engine, availability of the Kasei engine, stop in the production line, inavailability of spare pieces, fit to the new frame...)

The new Homare engine was unreliable at the beginning, on the N1K1 Shiden, but it seems that later on they solved all those problems in the updated Homare of the N1K2 Shiden-kai...

Yes, deffinitely the propeller hub and engine cowling of the Kyofu married so well indeed :) But the Homare engine was possibly so radically different from the Kasei that there was no alternative but re-designing its front part, with those air intakes. In fact, even though the N1K1 Shiden kept the holes for the machine guns on its engine cowling, the Shiden had no nose guns, apparently. Probably the Homare didnt allow for nose machine guns...
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rozniy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
The Kyofu looks really good with that large conical propeller hub. Makes it look more streamlined compared to the other two.
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