WW II IJN Float Plane models
The WW II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) plan for controlling the western Pacific Ocean—with its vast expanses of water as well innumerable islands—included long-range strikes and night combat with reconnaissance (as always) the key to success. The IJN did not have logistical or building techniques for rapid airstrip or airfield construction hence the IJN’s impetus to have so many flying boats and float plane designs.
Unfortunately for historians, as well as the historically interested, few if any of these aircraft survived the war. In these images we thank model kit manufacturers and model kit builders for bringing these aircraft to life in three dimensions. Their skill in eliminating imperfections as well as weathering effects enable the rest of us to view that which can no longer be seen.
These models, and many more of this superior quality, are displayed at the Wings Over Miami Museum.