Nakajima Night Fighter Gekko Type 11 Early Production (Irving)

Scale 1/48

SKU 61084

Manufacturer Tamiya

Price: £49.99

1 in stock

1 in stock


The Nakajima J1N Gekko (Japanese moonlight) is a Japanese twin-engine heavy reconnaissance aircraft, as well as an escort and night fighter with a metal, half-shell structure in a low wing configuration from the Second World War. The prototype flight took place in May 1941, and a year later entered mass production. The most famous version of the J1N is the J1N1-S model with the J1N2 and J1N3 versions, which serves as a night fighter. The machines of this version were armed with 4 20mm cannons firing at an angle, in an arrangement modelled on the German “Schräge Musik”. Production of this version began in the spring of 1943. From 1944, J1N1-S planes were equipped with radar capable of observing the water surface (Type 3 Mk 6 Model 4), and shortly thereafter also radar enabling observation of the airspace (FD-1 and FD-2). From mid-1944, the J1N was used as a day and night fighter against Allied bomber formations.

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