1/32 Kawanishi Baika
by James Merrigan
aircraft is the Kawanishi Baika, it was to be a special attack aircraft
to be used inthe last ditch defence of the home islands. the size specs
and a side profile appear in R. J. Francillon's book Japanese Aircraft
of the Pacific War.
If you look at the picture of the side profile you can see where an
addition was made to the aft fuselage, The major section of the
fuselage is a centerline fuselage fuel tank from a Revell1/32nd scale
F4 Phantom. A portion was cut out for the installation of a cockpit. The
addition was added to the rear of the tank and faired into the tank
contours. The cockpit was fitted out from the parts box, the canopy
and turtleback were fabricated from the canopy of a Revell 1/32nd scale
Typhoon. The wing is from a Monogram 1/48 scale P-39, wing intakes and
wheel wells filled. The horizontal tail is from a Monogram 1/48 scale
Zero. The fin and rudder was made from sheet plastic. The engine was
fabricated from various tubuler pieces from the parts box. The landing
gear was to be jettisonable on the real thing, so I made mine out of
sprue and wheels from the parts box.
aircraft was inspired by the German V1, but was to be more powerful with
a bigger payload. From what I can tell it was a paper project,and
didn't even reach prototype stage. I hope you like the model, I had a
lot of fun building it.
© James Merrigan