Nakajima G10N Fugaku Mount Fuji Japanese Strategic Bomber


Nakajima G10N Fugaku “Mount Fuji”:

Long Range Strategic Bomber 1/144 scale

 

Nakajima G10N Fugaku "Mount Fuji"

Nakajima G10N Fugaku “Mount Fuji” 1/144 scale

The ultra long range strategy bomber of the Imperial Japanese Air Force was called Nakajima G10N Fugaku which means Mount Fuji in Japanese. The purpose of the development was to perform aerial bombing campaigns along industrial targets along the West Coast (e.g., San Francisco), Midwestern and Northeastern of the United States. However, the costs and technical issues, together with the drawbacks suffered by Japanese forces during Pacific War forced them to cancel the project and no aircraft was finally constructed.

Two ore unique features were characteristic of this model. First,  in order to reduce weight, some of the landing gear was to be jettisoned after takeoff, as had been planned on some of the more developed German Amerika Bomber competing designs. Interestingly, this landing gear was unnecessary on landing with empty of bomb load, according to the designers.

German Strategic Bomber Messerschmitt_Me-264. Also known as Amerika Bomber

German Strategic Bomber Messerschmitt_Me-264. Also known as Amerika Bomber

 

Second, it had six engines, as with the later Amerika Bomber design competitors, to compensate for German aircraft engines being limited to 1,500 kW (2,000 hp) maximum output levels apiece.

The development started in January 1943, with a design and manufacturing facility built in Mitaka, Tokyo, and the engine assigned to the Fugaku was the Nakajima’s 4-row 36-cylinder 5,000 hp Ha-54 (Ha-505) engine. However, this engine showed problems and was abandoned as too complex.

Some manufacturers have constructed this beautiful model at 1/144 scale:

Nakajima G10N Fugaku

Nakajima G10N Fugaku Fujimi art box

Technical specifications

  • Crew: 6 to 10
Fugaku: 7 to 8
  • Length: 44.98 m (147 ft 7 in)
Fugaku: 39.98 m (131 ft)
  • Wingspan: 64.98 m (213 ft 2 in)
Fugaku: 62.97 m (207 ft)
  • Height: 8.77 m (28 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 352.01 m2 (3,789.0 sq ft)
Fugaku: 330 m2 (3,552.09 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 12.1
  • Empty weight: 65,000 kg (143,300 lb)
Fugaku: 33,800 kg (74,516.24 lb)
  • Gross weight: 122,000 kg (268,964 lb)
Fugaku: 42,000 kg (92,594.15 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 160,000 kg (352,740 lb)
Fugaku: 70,000 kg (154,323.58 lb)
  • Powerplant: 6 × Nakajima Ha-54 36-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 3,700 kW (5,000 hp) each at take-off
Fugaku: 6x Nakajima NK11A 18-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines developing 2,500 hp (1,864 kW) at take-off
  • Propellers: 6-bladed contra-rotating constant speed propellers, 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in) diameter
Fugaku: 4-bladed constant speed propellers 4.8 m (16 ft) diameter

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 679 km/h (422 mph; 367 kn) at 10,000 m (32,808 ft)
Fugaku: 779 km (484 mi)at 10,000 m (32,808 ft)
  • Range: 17,999 km (11,184 mi; 9,719 nmi) maximum
Fugaku: 19,400 km (12,055 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 m (49,213 ft)
  • Wing loading: 456.99 kg/m2 (93.60 lb/sq ft)
Fugaku: 211.89 m² (43.4 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.103 kW/kg (0.063 hp/lb)
Fugaku: 0.118 kW/kg (0.07 hp/lb)
Armament
  • Guns: 4× 20mm Type 99 cannon
  • Bombs: 20,000 kg (44,092 lb) of bombs


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