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Kyushu J7W Shinden
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interceptor
one
Mitsubishi MK9D
2,130 hp
31' 8"
36' 5"
8,040 lbs.
11,860 lbs.
4 x 30 mm
260 mph
470 mph
4,250 fpm
39,500 feet
550 miles
8/3/45






The Kyushu J7W Shinden was developed in response to World War II heavy bomber raids on Japan.

The aircraft was designed as a fast climbing, highly maneuverable interceptor with a pusher propeller. The horizontal stabilizer / elevator was in the front of the airplane making it the only canard design Japanese aircraft of World War II.

We understand that the first prototype Kyushu J7W Shinden made three test flights with a combined total flight time of under an hour. During those flights, torque from the large propeller made the aircraft difficult to handle, especially on take off. Also encountered were extreme power train vibrations . No additional flights were made before World War II ended and the aircraft fell into American hands.

Only Two Kyushu J7W Shinden aircraft were finished before the end of the war. The first prototype is housed at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. We do not know what happened to the other.



1.  RC J7W Shiden by Argyris of RC Groups.


1. - 2. RC Kyushu J7W Shinden scratch built by Argyris of RC Groups. It is 1/6 scale. Argyris powers his rc airplane with a MVVS09 engine. He used modified Airview plans to build it.

Bob Thacker Plans has a 62" wingspan Kyushu J7W Shinden RC Airplane. It is designed to be powered by a .60 engine.

Flugtechnick of RC Groups scratch built a profile Kyushu J7W Shinden RC Airplane. It has a wingspan of 28". Construction material used to build the RC Airplane is foam. It is powered by a GWS 350 motor.

Triplet Publications has plans for a 31" wing span Kyushu J7W Shinden RC Airplane.

3. - 4. The rc Kyushu J7W Shinden radio control airplane scratch built by Michael Hammer. It has a wingspan of 31.5".  Powers is with a Typhoon Micro 15/10 motor.

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2.  Argyris rc Kyushu J7W Shiden.


 3. The rc J7W Shiden by Michael Hammer.


4.  Mike Hammer and his rc J7W Shiden.