50″ J1N1 Gekko Kit


The Japanese navy’s “Gekko” was a high-performance twin-engined fighter that fought the American B-29 Superfortress. It was armed with up to three upward-firing 20mm cannon. It had a crude radar which reportedly didn’t work.  The Rabid Models version is the J1N1-S, the night fighter.  (but the radar antenna decoration isn’t included)

The kit includes the foam parts needed to build this model, along with a fully detailed construction manual and some accessories such as carbon fiber and the pull-pull control system.  The model is not assembled or painted, so the customer needs to supply glue, paint, and other hobby tools, servos, motors, and electronics in order to put it together. This model is designed for two 1300kv/1oz size brushless motors and 3-bladed 9×7 propellers (not included but available separately).

The manual includes some additional files for making markings and really cool detailed paper cockpit decals in several versions, like you see in the picture below.

The prototype model is shown with experimental cowls – we now have custom-made PVC cowls that are made from 2-liter soda-pop bottles which are available from Rabid Models (but not included with the kit).  The prototype is also shown with a home-made antenna array and wire landing gear, which is not included with the kit – and the props were painted.  This is a hand-cut kit (not laser-cut) which is produced to order.

This video is of the very first flight, before I installed the landing gear on the prototype, and features a midair collision!  This is a fairly large foamie and it didn’t suffer any damage (I installed 1mm carbon-fiber rods on the leading edge of the wing)

Spinners are not included with this kit (but Rabid Models offers custom 3-D printed spinners which are available separately, the correct one is the spinner for the 48″ UHU)

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