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Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

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Specifications

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interceptor
one
Mitsubishi Radial
1,820 h.p.
5,425 lbs.
8,700 lbs.
4- 20 mm
none
32 ft. 8 in.
35 ft. 5 in.
380 mph
3,850 fpm
38,500 feet
650 miles
3/20/42
1943






Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden by TDM Models is available as a short kit.  Separate plans are also for sale.  It has a wingspan of 32" and a length of 27 1/2". An AXI 2212/20 motor is the suggested power. Upon completion, it should weigh around 24 ounces.
 
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden fighters were the first dedicated Japanese Navy land based interceptor aircraft. The aircraft differed from the design of prior Japanese fighters in that it was produced for speed, high altitude operations, and climbing ability rather than maneuverability.


Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

ESM's Mitsubishi J2M Raiden has a wingspan of 81" and length of 74". It is of all wood construction with working flaps and optional retractable landing gear. Engines can be from 44 cc to 61 cc. Weight of the ARF is around 25 lbs.

The airplane had a streamlined nose, made possible by using an extension shaft from the engine, set back in the aircraft, to the propeller.  It had a laminar flow wing, and a retractable tail wheel.



Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden built from Gus Morfis Plans has a 32 3/4" wingspan. You can power it with a speed 480 size electric motor or .10 to .15 two stroke engine.

The airplane first flew in March of 1942, and immediately experienced engine problems which limited performance.

The fighters, fitted with more reliable engines, entered service in limited numbers beginning in December of 1943.



Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

The scratch built Mitsubishi J2M Raiden on RC Universe has a wingspan of 68". Included is a O.S. 91 four cycle engine.

In the closing months of World War II, the airplane was assigned to defend the Japanese homeland where it initially proved effective doing high altitude intercepts. It became less effective when American bombers switched to night flights at low altitudes.


Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden scratch built by Sergio Vergara has a wingspan of 40" and a length of 33". Sergio equipped it with retracts. Materials used in the construction are balsa and plywood. Power is by a Atlas 2921 motor.  All up weight is about 30 oz.

A total of 621 of the airplanes were produced by Mitsubishi.

The AMA Plans Service has plans for a Mitsubishi J2M Raiden with a 38" wingspan. Plan no. is 1037. Plans are also available in the Jan. 2010 issue of the AMA Magazine.

At RC Groups, rcdude01 is selling a Mitsubishi J2M Raiden.

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