Paper Model of Yokosuka D4Y Suisei 'Judy'

The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei ("comet") was a dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Its Allied codename was "Judy". The D4Y was one of the fastest dive- bombers in the entire war. The speed and the range of the D4Y was nevertheless valuable, and the type was used with success as reconnaissance aircraft as well as in kamikaze missions. The aircraft was a single engined all- metal low winged monoplane, with a wide-track retractable undercarriage and wing mounted dive brakes. It had a crew of two: a pilot and a navigator/radio- operator/gunner, seated under a long glazed canopy which provided good all- round visibility. The pilot of bomber versions was provided with a telescopic bomb-sight. The aircraft was powered by an Aichi Atsuta liquid-cooled inverted V- 12 in-line engine, a licenced copy of the German DB 601, a rated at 1,200 hp. The radiator was behind and below the three- bladed propeller, as in the P-40. In order to conform with the Japanese Navy's doctrine of ensuring that its aircraft could outrange potential enemies, weight had to be minimized with the result that the D4Y was not fitted with self-sealing fuel tanks and armor. In consequence, the D4Y was extremely vulnerable and tended to catch fire when hit. This made the D4Y extremely vulnerable to any enemy aircraft that could catch it. It took me approx. 4 months to complete this. This paper model is one of my favourites as its very detailed and it has a very rich history associated with it. This time, I have made 3D wheels as was suggested by one of my fans. Please give your precious comments. Call me or email me if you want to buy / order any of my completely built models (Please be noted that the plans are not sold here).

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