1⁄48May MOM winner
historyThe Mitsubishi F1M (Allied reporting name "Pete") was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 1,118 built between 1936 and 1944. The Navy designation was "Type Zero Observation Seaplane" (零式水上観測機), not to be confused with the Type Zero Carrier Fighter or the Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane.
The F1M1 was powered by the Nakajima Hikari MK1 radial engine, delivering 611 kW (820 hp), a maximum speed of 368 km/h (230 mph) and operating range of up to 1,072 km (670 mi) (when overloaded). It provided the Imperial Japanese Navy with a very versatile operations platform.
The F1M was armed with a maximum of three 7.7 mm machine guns (two fixed forward-firing and one flexible rear-firing) with provision for two 60 kg bombs.
History adapted from Wikipedia.
the modelHasegawa filled a long standing void when they released their 1/48 'Pete' in 2009. Previous to that the only possibility was Tamiya's ancient and hollowed 1/50 example which first saw the light of day in 1967.
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