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Mitsubishi KI.46 III Type 100 "Dinah"

7,260 BlunderBirb  7 days ago
Auto Credit Based on BogdanX's [CLOSED] Pacific WAR Challenge

Description:

Known as "Dinah" to the Allies, this elegant two-engine plane was the best high-altitude long-range reconnaissance plane that the Japanese put into the field in World War II. Its high speed allowed it to frequently avoid Allied interceptors for most of the war, making it a well-respected thorn in the Allies' side. The Ki-46 was kept in production continually from July, 1941 until the end of the war. A total of 1,742 aircraft were built.

Specification:

Engine: Mitsubishi Ha-112-II x 2
Propeller Type: Constant Speed
Horsepower: 1500 each
Top Speed: 630kph at 5280m

Controls:

Standard Roll/Pitch/Yaw/Trim Control
Throttle adjusts propeller Pitch
AG 1 Turns on the engines
VTOL down is flaps

Features:

Nothing really, its a 1:1 scale replica of a high altitude recon plane, it doesnt have guns or armaments. I have tried to make it look and feel as close to the real one as possible.

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Note:

This was a fairly low effort build and I know this wont win, its not as detailed or even good as the other planes, but this was a pretty chill experience and I enjoyed it.

We got to the first page within 8 hours. Thanks everyone.

Enjoy and Updoot

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor [CLOSED] Pacific WAR Challenge
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 48.2ft (14.7m)
  • Length 36.1ft (11.0m)
  • Height 13.5ft (4.1m)
  • Empty Weight 9,671lbs (4,386kg)
  • Loaded Weight 10,525lbs (4,774kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.285
  • Wing Loading 46.0lbs/ft2 (224.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 229.0ft2 (21.3m2)
  • Drag Points 3603

Parts

  • Number of Parts 479
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    Thank you to everyone for upvoting commenting and spotlighting this :D

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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    @EngineerOtaku During my research for this plane I found out there were two/three types of armed KI.46s. Japan
    never considered the dinah for an attack/intercepter aircraft until they were on their last leg in 1943-44. Development on a "KI.46 III KAI" started long after the battle of midway which had a pair of 20mm cannons and another fixed one at the top, it had reverted back to its "Step cockpit" design to accommodate the nose cannons. They even had a ground attack version called KI.46 otsu.
    But all of these had the same problem, they were absolutely useless. KI.46s were built for speed, with light armor and a lack of selfsealing tanks it was never intended to endure a firefight head on. So its no surprise when enemy aircrafts began to get stronger over the war with improve radar technology the KI46 slowly became less and less useful. Slapping guns onto it didnt solve any problems, the intercepter versions weren't even equipped with radar.

    +1 5 days ago
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    I definitely want to take a dive into building aircraft without weapons or even civilian planes, and I'm happy to see a relatively obscure Japanese plane represented here on SP.
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    There are supposedly armed versions of the basic Ki-46 airframe which had machine gun or cannon (including a version set up with the schrage musik.) I wouldn't know how prolific they were in the Pacfic though.

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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    @Jerba Actually, cameras weren't really that good back then. Not atleast take clear images from 5000m above the ground good atleast. It had to have used other "visual enhancement devices" to do the trick I believe. I havent found any sources saying how it actually did its recon missions but I have to assume the recon was somewhat dependent of visual reporting as well cause every other country had to rely heavyly on visual reportings by observers as well.

    5 days ago
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    560 Jerba

    Was this for looking at the sky because the only window on the bottom is super small. (Yes I know cameras exist and you can use them instead of a bomb sight thing)

    5 days ago
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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    @BrummbarAssaultGun The overall shape is quite similar, yeah.

    6 days ago
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    Is it just me or am I having HE-111 vibes from this plane, great work btw

    +2 6 days ago
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    There are a few others@KnightOfRen

    +1 6 days ago
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    @Hedero made the Bugatti. @Cobrahuey

    +1 7 days ago
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    10.8k WarHawk95

    Wow the dude that drawed the blueprints has the same first name as me

    +2 7 days ago
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    That’s what they did in the 40s.
    Here’s a list of all the companies I know that have made planes:
    Ford
    General Motors
    Mitsubishi
    Bugatti @KnightOfRen

    +1 7 days ago
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    Thanks @Cobrahuey! I wouldn't have found this otherwise! I also would not know Mitsubishi makes planes!

    +1 7 days ago
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    9,899 ChrisPy

    Awesome! I was thinking about entering this challenge with this aircraft. It’s really neat!

    +1 7 days ago
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    This is really cool! This is really well made

    +1 7 days ago
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    Ah, this was what the forum was about...

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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    @NightmareCorporation Technically, this is a porsche then eh?

    7 days ago
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    Yes the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus

    +1 7 days ago
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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    @Zokowi

    7 days ago
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    7,260 BlunderBirb

    @tylerdeveneuxmusic
    @Ultra01
    @DPain
    @BaconAircraft
    @BASTYWITHAIRPLANES

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    @Evenstsrike333
    @BogdanX
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    @NightmareCorporation
    @TheFantasticTyphoon
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