Nakajima G5N Shinzan / LIZ

1941

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Nakajima G5N Shinzan / LIZ

The first prototype flew on April 10, 1941. 7 built.

Nakajima G5N Shinzan / LIZ

Specification 
 MODELG5N1
 CREW7
 ENGINE4 x Nakajima NK7A "Mamoru-11", 1400kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight28150-32000 kg62060 - 70548 lb
  Empty weight20100 kg44313 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan42.12 m138 ft 2 in
  Length31.02 m102 ft 9 in
  Wing area201.8 m22172.16 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed420 km/h261 mph
  Cruise speed370 km/h230 mph
  Ceiling7450 m24450 ft
  Range4260 km2647 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 20mm cannons, 4 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 2000-4000kg of bombs

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Nakajima G5N Shinzan / LIZA three-view drawing (752 x 831)

Comments
Richtofen (AKA The Doktor), e-mail, 27.12.2015 04:43

"Actually, with the possible exception of the wing and the idea of the tricycle-gear arrangement, nothing was copied from the DC-4E. Comparison of three-views makes this obvious." This. Don't mention it to the Yanks though. If you challenge their notion of being the progenitors of everything in this world, you'll be chased away with pitchforks and torches. ;P

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Pat Gilmore, e-mail, 24.05.2014 02:43

If you would like a kit of the G5N you'll have to go resin. Anigrand Models from Hong Kong have a wonderful resin kit available in 1 /144 scale. These kits have great detail and fit together like injection molded plastic kits.

Everything I've read about the G5N says that Nakajima used the DC-4E's wings, tail and landing gear, designing a different fuselage for a bomber configuration, but it was still too heavy to be used as a bomber and the seven airframes were used as transports during the war.

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Janusz, e-mail, 14.09.2013 20:07

About Kit, pity but I know about only one old (very rare) kit in 1:144 scale...
So no chance for Liz on shelf:(

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deaftom, e-mail, 20.02.2012 05:47

Actually, with the possible exception of the wing and the idea of the tricycle-gear arrangement, nothing was copied from the DC-4E. Comparison of three-views makes this obvious.

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laozhu, 20.06.2011 09:51

The Mamori engines were also problematic and later replaced by more reliable Kasei motors. These planes saw service as transports.

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Steve, e-mail, 11.09.2009 19:48

It's ironic that when the Japanese actually tried to copy a foreign design, they found that they'd bought a lemon!

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Hiroyuki Takeuchi, e-mail, 30.01.2009 04:14

Based on the Douglas DC-4E (not the DC-4 /C-54) which was imported by Japan Airlines.

Unfortunately the DC-4E was a design failure later abandoned by Douglas and consequently the G5N suffered the inherit overweight design. The Mamori engines were also problematic and later replaced by more reliable Kasei motors. These planes saw service as transports.

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Sgt.KAR98, 25.07.2008 01:49

Beautiful plane.
It could have been a headache for the allies.

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Brianboro, e-mail, 18.05.2007 10:25

Does anybody do a kit of this aircraft,i've seen a G8N1 Renzan,be nice to have one of these too?

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