1/48 1 Racoon Model Aichi M6A1 Seiran Submarine Floatplane
Resin Model Kit, Box Condition: Good
Very rare kit with excellent Seiran documentation down to photos of actual aircraft assembly. Superbly molded in high-definition resin and very well detailed. Features fine recessed panel lines, one-piece fuselage with cockpit detail, one piece wing (wing and fuselage are perfectly straight and not warped), one-piece floats, torpedo load-out, decals for three different aircraft and a remarkable 11 page booklet that shows original photos of Seiran being assembled, photos of sub-assembles and actual factory drawings. There is a perfect vac clear canopy that is in mint condition and not even yellowed - there is also a perfect resin form to make more clear canopies if you wish. The kit has never been started. Most parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and the few that were not have been inventoried complete. With booklet, instructions and decals. The M6A1 Seiran was a late war submarine based float plane. The new I-400 class contained a large, water tight hanger and this aircraft was designed specifically for that space. The wings and tail folded to fit but the aircraft could be assembled in 7 minutes by a trained crew. To aid in night assembly, the critical parts were painted with florescent paint. The first planned attack was the Panama Canal, but this was cancelled in favor of Ulithi Atoll anchorage. The war ended before the attack could take place.
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