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L2D2 "Taddy" Japan Transport Aircraft 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72214

Theme: Military

Era : 1939-1945 WWII

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Military Transport Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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L2D2 type 0 transport model 11 (Reishiki Yusōki 11-gata)

Personal vehicle with Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 radial engines. Includes type L2D2-L (Reishiki Nimotsu-Yusōki 11-gata) Cargo version with larger door.The Showa/Nakajima L2D is an all-metal twin-engine monoplane.

Developed at the Showa Hikoki design bureau on the basis of the American Douglas DC-3 aircraft purchased under license in February 1938. The first flight of the prototype took place in October 1939.

Adopted by the Imperial Navy under the name of transport aircraft marine type 0 (Japanese: 零式輸送機, rei-shiki yuso:ki), as well as L2D.

The allied codename is "Tabby".

After successful production under a license purchased in 1935, Nakajima Hikoki bought the Douglas DC-2 for $90,000 in February 1938 and licensed the production of the Douglas DC-3. Shortly before this, Great Northern Airways and the Far East Fur Trading Company purchased 22 DC-3s between 1937 and 1939. These were 13 Cyclon-powered Douglases and 9 Twin Wasp-powered Douglases. Two of them were delivered disassembled and assembled at the relatively new Shōwa Aircraft factory. Both manufacturers Shōwa and Nakajima were working on mass production of this aircraft. Although the L2D could be used for both civilian and military service, it was mainly produced as a Navy Type 0 Transport.

The Nakajima prototype, powered by Pratt & Whitney SB3G radial engines, first flew in October 1939 and went into production in 1940 as the L2D1, with some parts coming directly from the USA. And Shōwa took the path of simplifying parts to simplify production. The differences were in small details, mainly in Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 engines (of the same or similar power), which were made in Japan and were very similar to those installed on the Douglases themselves.