Tuesday 21 June 2011

Kayaba Ka-1 & Ka-2 Autogyro

Keith Walker has posted a link at Hyperscale to almost 8 minutes of interesting and rare film footage of Japanese Army testing of the Kayaba  Ka-1 and Ka-2 autogyro including what appear to be carrier trials.

The Ka-1 was based on an imported Kellet KD-1a and was intended for development as an artillery-spotting and anti-submarine aircraft. The Ka-1 of which about 20 were manufactured by Kayaba had a 240 hp Argus type engine but the Ka-2 had the same Jacobs L-4MA-7 as the original Kellett machine.

Fine Molds offer a 1/72nd scale kit of the Ka-1 which has been released in early monochrome and standard colour boxes, whilst more recently AZ Models have released 1/48th scale kits of both Ka-1 and Ka-2 versions.

Image credits: Box art © Fine Molds & AZ Models

1 comment:

Ken Glass said...

Hello Nick,

Thanks for posting the screen grabs and box art.

Ken Glass