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92274 Nakajima Ki-201 “Karyu” 1/72 scale model kit 

92274 Nakajima Ki-201 “Karyu” 1/72 scale model kit 

The Nakajima Ki-201 Karyū (中島キ201火龍, “Fire Dragon”) was a Japanese fighter air attack aircraft project designed during the final stages of World War II but which was never completed.

The Nakajima Kikka had been inspired by the successful German Messerschmitt Me 262, but similarities to that aircraft were limited to the overall configuration. On the other hand, the design team led by Iwao Shibuya based the Karyū much more closely on the German aircraft, which had already proven itself quite formidable.

The Ki-201 project was ordered by the Imperial Japanese Army between October and December 1944, with the Army establishing performance requirements of a maximum speed of 800–1,000 km/h (500–620 mph), 12,000 m (39,000 ft) practical ceiling and range of 800–1,000 km (500–620 mi). The design was put forward by Nakajima in 1945, and the basic drawings were completed in June.

Nakajima anticipated the completion of the first Karyū by December 1945 and the first 18 units by March 1946.Most sources agree that work on the first prototype had not yet begun at the time of the Japanese surrender.