I suppose that it's time for me to begin my first real scale project. Something that I been looking at is the floatplane variant of the Japanese Zero the Allies called the "Rufe". Its designation was A6M2-N and built by both Mitsubishi & Nakajima.
First deployed in 1942. It was powered by a 14 cylinder air cooled radial of 950 hp.
Wingspan: 12 m
length: 10.10 m
height: 4.30 m
weights: 2895 kg
maximum speed 434 km/h at 5000 m
range: 1780 km
armament: 2X 20 mm cannon; two machine guns; 120 kg of bombs.
One of my books is "the rand McNally Encyclopedia of military aircraft"
this is what it has to say about the aircraft: "in 1942 another singleseat fighter appeared which had been expressly made to answer the needs of the military bases scattered in the little islands of the Pacific, where it was impossible to construct airstrips: this was the Nakajima A6M2-N. this aircraft was a seaplane model of the carrier-based Mitsubishi A6M Reisen fighter, the renowned zero. Between 1941 in 1943, 327 aircraft of this model were produced which were in use up to the end of the war, carrying out their task effectively. In spite of its large floats, his performance compared with that of the zero was, in fact, only slightly inferior.
My intent is to take the GWS zero and evolve that into the floatplane variant.
I plan to do this in phases:
1. Assemble the airframe, inserting the electronics, and attaching a motor. The aircraft was originally...Continue Reading