To offset any potential developments in interceptors, it was thought that the new A5M fighter would be an adequate escort for missions where the G3M’s speed would not be a factor, such as the secondary role of low level, low speed torpedo bomber. Remove from Alerts. The system served in some capacity up until the end of the war in the summer of 1945 and saw some 1,094 total examples produced in that span. 1/48 Wings Kits. Aside from the limited precision necessary in its naval role as a long-range torpedo bomber against Allied naval fleets, the G3M frequently operated with other G3M units in massive "wave" formation. The resulting design, designated Ka-14 by Mitsubishi, was an all … In 1934, the Imperial Japanese Navy prepared a specification for an advanced fighter, requiring a maximum speed of 350 km/h (220 mph) at 3,000 m (9,840 ft) and able to climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft) in 6.5 minutes. Aircraft, IJNAF This was the first service monoplane fighter in the Japanese Naval Air Force. Ka-14. The Mitsubishi G3M Type 96 Attack Bomber 'Nell' was the Japanese Navys main land based torpedo and high level bomber in the years before the start of the Pacific War. The G3M was originally designed without any form of defensive weaponry, with its high-altitude performance being regarded as sufficient to evade enemy anti-aircraft guns and its high speed in combination with the planned high performance Mitsubishi A5M fighter envisaged as an armed escort considered sufficient to counter any enemy fighters. On 8 December 1941, (7 December across the International Date Line), G3Ms from the Mihoro Kōkūtai struck Singapore from bases in occupied Vietnam as one of many air raids during the Battle of Singapore, resulting in thousands of British and Asian civilians dead. This page was last edited on 25 June 2020, at 06:48. Most notably, it was involved in the round-the-clock bombing of Chongqing. 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We don't know about any in-box reviews for this Mitsubishi Type 96 A5M2a (#72040) from Fujimi. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Jaime Carreon; View blog; View profile; Jaime Carreon said on March 8, 2015. This is an incredibly tiny but nicely detailed 1/144-scale resin kit of the Mitsubishi Type 96 (A5M1), as used by the Imperial Japanese Navy early in WWII. Mitsubishi G3M2 Type 96 (Japan) Item Number: AC-AB43. The Mitsubishi G3M was introduced in 1935, as a result of a request from the Imperial Japanese Navy for a new heavy bomber. Click HERE to see color drawings of the Claude. Specs. Take a closer look at the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage specs and get details on the engine, tire size, horsepower, weight, speakers, fuel capacity and more! Later G3Ms proved a more balanced platform and were able to inflict heavy damage on Chinese cities when used in mass formations covered by A5M, and later A6M, fighters. In order to meet the long range and high speed requirements, the aircraft’s structure was kept very lightweight, including a deliberate decision not to include self-sealing fuel tanks. When the Pacific War erupted with the invasion of Malaya and bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the G3M was by this time considered to be antiquated, but still three front-line units (the 22nd to 24th koku sentai) were operating a total of 204 G3M2s in four kōkūtai (naval air corps) in the central Pacific and of these 54 aircraft from the Takao Kōkūtai were deployed from Formosa in the opening of the Battle of the Philippines. SCALE & KIT. Trivia. The Type 96’s finest hour was probably the Mihoro and Genzan Ku’s role in the sinking of Force Z off Singapore, on one of the few occasions when the land-based torpedo bomber concept actually worked. PE Matt About Company. Scale: 1:144. The G3M was famous for taking part, along with the more advanced Mitsubishi G4M "Betty", in the sinking of two British capital ships on 10 December 1941. 49" Z. 100.4 "Y. Kōkūtai (1st Air Group) based at Ambon, in the Dutch East Indies. G3Ms of the 701 Air Group put two torpedoes into heavy cruiser USS Chicago on January 29, 1943 during the Battle of Rennell Island, paving the way for her sinking by further torpedoes dropped by G4M bombers the next day. However, by 1962, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was already penciling a new design to counter the latest generation of Soviet tanks - namely the T-62 series - a main battle tank that was out of the scope of the existing Type 61. Mitsubishi G3M The Battle of Midway: the Dive Bomber Attack, The Battle of Midway: The Island Strikes Back. Horodyski, Joseph M. "British Gamble In Asian Waters". Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. This 9-shi (1934) specification produced designs from both Mitsubishi and Nakajima. This principally stemmed from Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's influence in the Naval High Commission. 2362. X. Laser Cutters. Although it was in the process of being replaced by the G4M Betty at the end of 1941 the 'Nell' stilled played a major part in the early Japanese conquests in Malaya and the Pacific. The Mitsubishi Type 96 or A5M series Japanese single seat Navy fighter saw combat service from 1937 through 1942...it was replaced by the Zero. Even after the modified final prototype, which did include three defensive machine gun emplacements, the G3M kept its lightweight structure and lacked any form of defensive armour or self-sealing fuel tanks, as these were considered to retard speed and altitude.