Mitsubishi KI-21 Sally – Japanese Army Air Force 1/144
4 in stock
4 in stock
Atlas Editions Bombers of World War II 1/144 scale Mitsubishi KI-21 Sally twin engined bomber of the Japanese Army Air Force. Complete with undercarriage and stand. Complements the Corgi 1/144 scale range perfectly.
Length 4.4 inches Wingspan 5.6 inches
The Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Allied reporting name: “Sally”) was a Japanese heavy bomber during World War II. It began operations during the Second Sino-Japanese War participating in the Nomonhan Incident, and in the first stages of the Pacific War, including the Malayan, Burmese, Dutch East Indies and New Guinea Campaigns. It was also used to attack targets as far-flung as western China, India and northern Australia. In operations over Burma in December 1941 and early 1942, the Ki-21 began to suffer heavy casualties from Curtiss P-40s and Hawker Hurricanes.
To partially compensate, the IJAAF introduced the Ki-21-IIb, with a pedal-operated upper turret with one 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Type 1 machine gun, redesigned cockpit canopies and increased fuel capacity. Although used in all fronts in the Pacific theater, it became clear by 1942 that the design was rapidly becoming obsolete, and was increasingly shifted away from front-line service.
In spite of its shortcomings, the Ki-21 remained in service until the end of the war, being utilized as transport (along with the civil transport version MC-21), bomber crew and paratrooper trainer, for liaison and communications, special commando and secret missions, and kamikaze operations.
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