Marushin MARS022 Imperial Japanese Army Mitsubishi G4M1 'Betty' Medium Bomber - Camouflage, Kanoya Kokutai, 1943 (1:48 Scale)
"We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable."
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito speaking to the Japanese people after the atomic bombings, August 1945
The Mitsubishi G4M (Allied identification name of Betty) was a twin-engined, land-based bomber aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. The bomber was nicknamed "Betty" by the allies, who usually dubbed Japanese fighters and float-planes with male code names, while typically giving female names to Japanese bombers and reconnaissance planes.
The "Betty" had a long range and high-speed at the time of its introduction. However, it was most known for its poorly-protected aviation gasoline tanks - that earned her the derisive monikers "one-shot lighter" and "flying Zippo" from Allied fighter pilots. Similarly, pilots of the Imperial Japanese Navy called Betty "Type One Lighter". This was due to the fact that on many occasions, it was used for low-altitude torpedo attacks that diminished its performance advantages. The "Betty"'s relatively-large size made it a large target to shoot at, and the simplified approach path on a torpedo run to attack a ship, meant for a generally easy interception.
When used for medium to high altitude bombing against stationary targets like a supply depots, seaports, or airfields, "ease of interception" was another matter entirely. Using its long range and high speed, the "Bettys" could appear from any direction, and then be gone before many fighters could intercept them. The twin 20mm canons in the tail turet was much heavier armament than commonly installed in bombers, making dead astern attacks very dangerous. Sometimes, assuming they didn't catch fire in the first place, G4M's also proved to be able to remain airborne despite being badly shot up. For example, after 751 Kokutai's attack during the Battle of Rennell Island, three out of four survivors (of eleven aircraft that went to attack) returned flying on one engine only. Near the end of the war the "Betty" was used as a common kamikaze-carrying & launching platform, and was the usual aircraft for carrying the Ohka kamikaze rocket- aircraft.
Wingspan: 21 inches
Length: 19 inches