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Seek Information About Nakajima A4N Type 95 Carrier Fighter


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I am contemplating a scratch-build of an A4N in 1/72. I've a serviceable three-view or two, but they lack fuselage sections. I'd like not to have to guess about contours.

 

Any information on the A4N, of course, would be much appreciated. I've only just begun looking into the type.

 

 

"Your research isn't complete till your confusion is."

 

 

 

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The A4N was the Type 95.  This was followed by the Experimental 9-Shi Single-seat Fighter, a development of the Ki.11, with the company designation PA-Kai.  This competed with the Mitsubishi 9-Shi Fighter, which became the Type 96 A5M Claude.  Had it been better regarded by the Navy, then the PA-Kai might have been known as the Type 96 A5N, but this didn't happen.

 

I don't know of any Western source that would provide more than minimal information on either, certainly not sections.

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Straight conversion from an A2N seems a bit much. Here is a three-view of an A2N, followed by  two of the A4N.

 

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Wings from a Boeing P-12E/F4F-4 kit look like a good match, and I have a Monogram F4F kit with available parts. There's a Curtiss air about the tail assembly, and I have spares available for that.

 

Most of the increased length of the A4N is behind the cockpit, making the rear fuselage long and lean. Major surgery would be required.

 

I have a Fine Molds A2N on order, and am sure it will be useful, even if mostly as a pattern. If the surface detail of the saddle-tanks is in reach of my poor talents I may not need to use any of it in this.

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Fleet carrier-based fighter Type "95" Nakajima A4N (Kyū go-shiki kanjō sentōki) (historyopinion.com)

Nakajima_A2N.jpg

I think he is not far away from his older brother A2N, which is in the picture.

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4 hours ago, JWM said:

Most likely you  know already this web page

https://japanese-aviation.forumotion.com/t54-08-china-war-1937

When you explore this site there are also next pages regarding 1938, 39..

Regards

J-W

 

 

Thanks, that's a great site!

 

It has some profiles of Type 90 fighters off Kaga in the early going, which I expect I'll build my kit of the type to. It won't be of any use constructing a Type 95. That, if I pursue it, will need to be a scratch-build entire, it seems....

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27 minutes ago, Old Man said:

It won't be of any use constructing a Type 95.

Surely, but there are also profiles or/and photos for Type 95 A4N

https://i.imgur.com/GFwohzh.gif

https://i.imgur.com/rNeGsEF.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/w22Nahf.gif

https://i.imgur.com/BnPbuxk.gif

https://i.imgur.com/Wc2mKBK.gif

https://i.imgur.com/hJvsjfe.gif

https://i.imgur.com/SzxjMNf.jpg

Regarrds

J-W

 

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I meant the Type 90 kit I recently ordered and received would be of no use as a basis for building a Type 95. I could have been more clear. If I do proceed with scratch-building a Type 95, I did see some Kaga/spring 38 profiles there.

 

Contingencies being what they were, when fighting began in Shanghai, Kaga, the carrier on the spot, had Type 90 fighters still. I'll do my Type 90 kit as one of those.

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