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Val Dive Bomber


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dive bomber
two
Kinsei
1,300 hp
5,670 lbs.
9,100 lbs.
3 - 7.7 mm
550 lbs.
33 ft. 5 in.
47 ft. 2 in.
190 mph
270 mph
1,700 fpm
34,480 feet
850 miles
12/14/37
1940






Val dive bomber
Val Dive Bomber


The Val dive bomber, produced by Aichi, originated in 1936 as the Japanese Navy Type 99 Carrier Bomber. Its wing design was influenced by German aircraft of the time. The Val was produced with a strong all metal airframe to withstand the high g-forces from dive bombing. Its had fixed landing gear to keep maintenance low.

When the Val dive bomber first took flight in 1937 it was powered by a Nakajima 710 hp radial engine. It soon became apparent that the aircraft was under powered. A Mitsubishi 840 hp engine greatly improved flight performance. Other changes made during its development were a longer wingspan and better dive brakes. Eventually production Val dive bomber aircraft were equipped with a 1,000 hp Kinsel radial engine and a dorsal fillet that was fitted to increase aircraft stability. The result was a dive bombing aircraft with the maneuverability of a front line fighter.

Val dive bomber aircraft first saw action in China and Indo-China during 1940. It was the primary dive bomber used by Japan in its attack on the U.S. Fleet in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In other actions, Val dive bombers were credited with the sinking of the British cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire, and the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes. The Val dive bomber eventually participated in every major battle of the Pacific War including the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Midway, Santa Cruz, and the Solomon Islands.

Starting in late 1942 Val dive bomber aircraft were produced with a Kinsei 1,300 hp engine, increasing their top speed by some 30 mph. The aircraft continued in production with the engine through the end of the war.

A number of the Val dive bombers were eventually used as Kamikaze aircraft. A total of 1,486 Aichi D3A Val aircraft were produced.



Val dive bomber
Val Dive Bomber

Pictured above is the Val Dive Bomber built by Ken Kaiser from a Dumas FF rubber powered kit. It has a wingspan of 30". Ken powers it with a AXI 280 size motor. Weight is just under 9 oz.


Val Dive Bomber
Val Dive Bomber

The Val Dive Bomber built from a kit by Skyshark has a wingspan of 66" and is 44" long. Construction is all wood. Power can come from .45 to .61 two cycle or .56 to .72 four cycle engines. Weight is around 6 lbs.


Val Dive Bomber
Val Dive Bomber

The Val Dive Bomber built from Wheldon Plans available through the AMA Plans Service has a wingspan of 39". Plan no. is 24992


Aichi Val
Val Dive Bomber

That's OrionRider of Watt Flyer with his scratch built Val Dive Bomber. It has a 70" wingspan and is powered by a Twister 800 Wt. motor. Weight is around 8 1/2 lbs.


Aichi Val
Val Dive Bomber

The Val Dive Bomber from ESM is sold by a number of retailers. It has a 81" wingspan and a length of 60 1/2". You can power it with a 1.08 two stroke or 1.20 four stroke engine. Weight is around 15 lbs.

Free RCPlans has three view Val Dive Bomber drawings available for downloading.

Dumas has a Val Dive Bomber in a kit for sale. It has a 30" wingspan and is rubber powered, FF. The kit is a popular conversion into electric power.

Blueprintbox.com has three view Val Dive Bomber drawings available at no charge.

Willis Warbirds has Val Dive Bomber plans. Wingspan is 82 1/2". Engines can be from .90 to 1.08 two cycle or 1.20 four cycle.

At aerofred.com you can find plans for a Val Dive Bomber available for downloading.

At rcmodelflyers Grahamd started a thread detailing the construction of an Val Dive Bomber.

At rcmf.co chris willis posted about reintroducing his Val Dive Bomber plans. Wingspan will be 82.5".

Better Fly RCPlans has three view drawings of the Val Dive Bomber.

At RCUniverse pipek was looking for a Val Dive Bomber kit.

At RCUniverse royal_chris started a thread about constructing a Val Dive Bomber. It is intended to have a 94" wingspan, be powered by a Laser 160 V twin engine, and weigh around 17 3/4 lbs.

At RCUniverse bacplus was looking for Val Dive Bomber plans.

AMARILLO1978 of RCGroups started a thread detailing the building of a peanut scale 10" wingspan Val Dive Bomber.

JBonaRC of RCGroups was looking for Val Dive Bomber plans.

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