1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Yokosuka H5Y Type 99 Flying Boat Model 11, complete with decals.
In 1934, the
Imperial Japanese Navy issued requirement for a twin-engine maritime
reconnaissance flying boat. This new
aircraft was intended to match the performance of contemporary four-engine
flying boats, while being cheaper to build and easier to maintain. The 11th
Naval Air Arsenal at Yokosuka designed and built two prototypes during 1936. Like
the four-engined Kawanishi H6K Type 97
Flying Boat designed and built at the same time, the design for the H5Y
seemed to be directly lifted from the US Navy’s revolutionary Consolidated P2Y, which led to the
development of the PBY Catalina.
underpowered, it was accepted for production as the H5Y-1 Type-99 Flying Boat. Later
codenamed Cherry by the Allies, H5Y-1 deliveries began in 1939, but the plane’s
underpowered lack of performance led to production’s cancellation by year’s end.
The H5Y was rightly
considered to be totally unsuitable for operational use by the Japanese Navy,
and was quickly relegated to second-line duties, including communications,
transport and coastal anti-submarine patrol during the Pacific War.