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FelixA avatar FelixA
Level 18 : Journeyman Fisherman
1:1 scale of the D3A, one is the D3A1 from IJN Shokaku during the Pearl Harbour raid, and one is the D3A with green and white camouflage.

Application: Dive bomber
Manufacturer: Aichi Kokui KK
Operated by: Empire of Japan (Imperial Navy of Japan)
First flight: January 1938
Production: 1,495
Start of operation: 1940
Retired: 1945
Operation status: Retired

What's a D3A?

The Aichi D3A (九九式艦上爆撃機 kyūkyū shiki kanjō bakugekiki or Type 99 Carrier Bomber) code named "Val" was the primary dive bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and was involved in almost all IJN actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. The first prototype was completed in December 1937, and flight trials began a month later, after which it was designated as D3A1. Initial tests were disappointing. The aircraft was underpowered and suffered from directional instability in wide turns, and in tighter turns it tended to snap roll. The dive brakes vibrated heavily when extended at their design speed of 370 km/h, and the Navy was already asking for a faster diving speed of 440 km/h. The second aircraft was extensively modified, the power was increased, the vertical tail was enlarged, the wings were slightly larger in span and the outer sections of the leading edges had wash-out to combat the snap rolls, and strengthened dive brakes were fitted. In June 1942, an improved version of D3A1, powered by a 969 kW (1,299 hp) Kinsei 54, was tested and designated as D3A2 or the Model 12.
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10/14/2021 11:08 am
Level 42 : Master Sus
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Where's the Shokaku's. •∆•
10/18/2021 4:18 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Fisherman
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Haha you already posted it right? I'm not going to post the landed version of this thing here so let's just say it's exclusive for your Shokaku
10/14/2021 5:13 am
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so well done in such a small space GG
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