Saturday, November 20, 2010

1/144 Kawanishi Type 2 Flying Boat "Emily" by IXO Models

The Emily was a successor to the Mavis (see previous post) whose performance was aimed to improve by 30-40%. The Kawanishi design made the fuselage of wings long and narrow for good performance in the air and in take-off. 131 aircraft were built and it served until the end of the war on reconnaissance, bombing and transport missions. Although unsuccessful, one of the most famous missions involving this flying boat, occured on 1st March 1942, when two H8Ks from the Yokohama Naval Air Corps, armed with torpedos, made a long range bombing attack on Hawaii. The Emily was also well suited for supply missions to the isolated and scattered islands in the Pacific ocean.

This model can be a nice addition to your collection, especially if you like flying boats. I started collecting 1/144 scale for the simple reason that models like this one, in 1/72, would be too bulky. This one measures 26cm in wingspan and 21cm in length and it's from the IXO Models range, which features many other famous unique flying boats.

Quality: The fuselage is the only diecast part, so it's not as heavy as you might think when you first see it. This one is the only livery they offer and it's a shame they didn't release another one in a white/light-grey scheme. One particular antenna on the nose is facing the wrong side but the rest seem to be ok and the their sizes are proportionally correct. I'm not very happy with the finishings of the rear windows, as they're simply painted in light grey and some in white. Wheels are glued, which is not a great idea in my opinion. It doesn't have any torpedos or bombs attached to the wings, but it does have the 7.7mm machine gun at rear of the cockpit. The model represents an aircraft of the 802 Kaigun Kokutai which was based in the naval base of Shortland, Salomon Islands, October 1943.

The IJN (Imperial Japanese Navy) tail markings were usually consisted in two group of characters separated by a hyphen. The first consisting of numbers and letters indicating the unit; and the second, of numbers identifying the type of mission and aircraft within the unit.

Algernon also released their set of three pre-assembled plastic models featuring the
Emily. They're a lot cheaper and although I don't own one, they look quite ok in terms of detail.

There is only one H8K Emily example left in decent
conditions today, and it's preserved outside Kanoya
Naval Air Base Museum, Japan.

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