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New Review: Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 “Two Seats”

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If you are looking for a rather unique kit to add to your late-WWII collection of 1/72 scale Axis aircraft, Brengun has come through with a trainer variant of the Ohka rocket plane.  The relatively small parts count makes this a quick build, but some experience with small photoetched parts will be beneficial.  Modelers with some experience with small parts and working with plastic to improve the fit of parts will enjoy this build.

 

Built by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, 45 of the K1 version of the Ohka (Cherry Blossom) were built to train the future Kamikaze pilots of the rocket-powered plane.  A forward tank was loaded with water to simulate the warhead weight on the combat aircraft, which was then dumped before landing.  Requiring a speed of 130 mph to land the trainer, it was a difficult plane to land for the inexperienced pilots.

 

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