The Kawanishi N1K-2 ‘Shiden Kai’ (“Violet Lightning”) was an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force (IJNAF) land-based fighter. Known by the Allied forces as “George”, the N1K-2 was considered to be one of the finest land-based fighters flown by the Japanese. Initial defects were addressed in the N1K2-J Kai (‘modified’) version. However, it struggled as an effective bomber interceptor.
Along with high speed, the Shiden-Kai offered pilots a rugged and agile aircraft packing four powerful 20 mm cannons in the wings. The result was an aircraft more than able to compete on level terms with the latest Allied fighters, such as the F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair, and P-51 Mustang.
Supplied in limited quantities, the IJN distributed it to elite units such as the 343rd Kokutai Naval Fighter Group (created on the 25 December 1944 and commanded by Minoru Genda). The new 343rd Kokutai claimed Japan’s finest fighter pilots such as Muto and Genda.
6 x Warlord Resin Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai aircraft
6 x Advantage Flying Base
1 x Punchboard with Game Tokens
1 x Aircraft Card (Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-Kai)
1 x Doctrine Card (Aggressive Tactics)
6 x Aircraft Trait Card (3 x Tight Turn, 3 x Heavy Hitter)
1 x Negative Aircraft Trait Card (Poor Quality)
1 x Waterslide Aircraft Markings Sheet
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted