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Anigrand #AA2108 1/72 Mizuno Jinryu



 
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Kit #AA2108. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit of the Mizuno Jinryu anti-tank suicide glider, complete with decals.

In early 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy began development of a “special attack” – code name for suicide – rocket-launched anti-tank glider. The Yokosuka Naval Air Arsenal was assigned design responsibility for this new weapon, and the Mizuno Corporation was selected to produce the glider. This weapon was designed to be launched from coastal air bases and caves, using JATO or RATO units to get aloft. They would then glide towards the tank that its pilot intended to destroy.

The first prototype, named Jinryu (Lord Dragon) was completed in May 1945, and the first flight took place in July. The suicide weapon was constructed almost entirely of wood, and powered at launch by three rocket motors. Its 220-pound explosive charge was mounted in the nose, in front of the pilot.Although the prototype was found to be unstable, it was nonetheless accepted for production by the increasingly-desperate Japanese high command. The fifth prototype was under construction when the war ended, and all the documents related to the Jinryu were lost after the war. Although a few poorly-focused photographs of the prototype were made public by a surviving pilot trainee in 2000, the Mizuno Jinryu anti-tank suicide glider remains one of the most mysterious aircraft that actually flew.


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