The 九三式中間練習機 (Yokosuka K5Y kuusanshikichuukanrenshuuki) was a two-seat unequal-span biplane trainer (Allied reporting name: “Willow”) that served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Due to its bright orange paint scheme (applied to all Japanese military trainers for visibility), it earned the nickname “aka-tombo”, or “red dragonfly”, after a type of insect common throughout Japan.
K5Y2 was Floatplane version, with Amakaze 11 engine.
• Crew: Two
• Length: 8.05 m
• Wingspan: 11.00 m
• Height: 3.20 m
• Guns: 1× fixed, forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97 aircraft machine gun and 1× flexible, rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 machine gun.
• Bombs: Up to 100 kg (220 lb) of bombs on external racks.
A K5Y of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 3rd Ryuko Squadron was credited with sinking the destroyer USS Callaghan on July 29, 1945, the last US warship lost to kamikaze attack during the war.
The kit is and old model from Arii and the soldiers form Kamikaze set from RedBox.
3 views of the kit
Bellow the Takuma Air Base personnel waving farewell is Willow Seaplane No. 601 plane of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps Kotohira Suishin Squadron Yasuda Division, which was the first to take off from the water toward the advance base at Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture.
A Divine Wind mission .