The first prototype flew on April 10, 1941. 7 built.
| ENGINE||4 x Nakajima NK7A "Mamoru-11", 1400kW|
| Take-off weight||28150-32000 kg||62060 - 70548 lb|
| Empty weight||20100 kg||44313 lb|
| Wingspan||42.12 m||138 ft 2 in|
| Length||31.02 m||102 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||201.8 m2||2172.16 sq ft|
| Max. speed||420 km/h||261 mph|
| Cruise speed||370 km/h||230 mph|
| Ceiling||7450 m||24450 ft|
| Range||4260 km||2647 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 20mm cannons, 4 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 2000-4000kg of bombs|
|A three-view drawing (752 x 831)|
|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
|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.
|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:(
|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.
|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.
|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!
|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.
|Sgt.KAR98, 25.07.2008 01:49|
It could have been a headache for the allies.
|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?
Do you have any comments?
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