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The Kawanishi N1K Shiden, code named "George" by the Allies, was initially a float plane with its floats replaced by retractable landing gear.
Without the drag of its float gear it became a formidable fighter aircraft. Flaps that deployed during extreme combat maneuvering, to increase lift, help improve the maneuverability of the aircraft.
The Shiden has been credited with being one of the best fighter aircraft of the Pacific theatre, able to hold its own against the best Allied aircraft, especially at low and medium altitudes.
A number of changes were made to the aircraft to help improve performance. The wings were lowered from the mid-wing position of the original float plane, to the bottom of the fuselage. This somewhat improved maneuverability, overall structural integrity, and pilot visibility.
A further benefit of lowering the wing was that shorter landing gear could be used. The longer landing gear of the original aircraft often failed on all but perfect landings.
The low wing Kawanishi N1K Shiden could be built with about half the man hours of the original aircraft. A total of over 1,400 of the aircraft were produced.
Kawanishi N1K rc airplane from Kit Cutters.
Pictured immediately above is the rc giant scale Kawanishi N1K Shiden radio control airplane built from Jerry Bates plans for sale by Kit Cutters. It is also available for sale as a kit from Kit Cutters. Wingspan is 94 1/2". For power you will need engines from 3.7 to 5.2 c.i.d. The completed model should weigh around 35 lbs.
You can find three view drawings for a rc Kawanishi N1K Shiden radio control airplane at Free Model Warbird Plans.
The AMA has plans for a free flight, rubber power Kawanishi N1K Shiden that can be converted to radio control. It can be powered by a small brushless electric motor and use rudder and elevator controls. You can find the plan for sale as number 28548.
Pictured below are three excellent examples of Kawanishi N1K Shiden scale plastic model airplanes.
In the first picture below is the 1/48 scale Kawanishi N1K Shiden plastic model airplane from a kit for sale by Tamiya. The model airplane was built by Randy Colvin.
The middle picture is of a 1/48 scale Kawanishi N1K Shiden plastic model airplane from a kit for sale by Hasegawa. Kiyokazu Isomi built the model airplane.
Mark Mallinson built the 1/24 scale Kawanishi N1K Shiden plastic model airplane shown in the last picture below.
Scale plastic airplane built by Randy Colvin.
1/48 scale airplane built by Kikokazu Isomi.
Kawanishi N1K Shiden by Mark Mallinson.