Park-flyer scale model of the Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate", designed by Derek Micko. The Ki-27 was designed by the Nakajima Aircraft Company, first flying in 1936 and entering into service a year later. The aircraft featured a radial engine with two 7.7mm machine guns that fired through the propeller using interrupter gear. Although not as fast as some of its contemporaries, the Nate (as the Americans dubbed it) was extremely agile. The Nate first saw combat against the USSR in 1938, where it initially gained air superiority over the I-15 biplane and early versions of the I-16.
The model’s construction is similar to a large Free Flight model. In fact, with some slight modifications, it could be built as a rubber-powered model. The RC airframe weighs roughly 68 grams. The prototype flies with an 18-gram brushless motor on a 2S 450 mAh LiPo battery pack spinning a 7-inch propeller.
The model is featured in the September 2021 issue of Model Aviation magazine. The plans are due to be published in the October 2021 edition.
The short kit contains laser-cut balsa and plywood parts, plus a vacuum-formed cowl. Full-size printed plans can be added as an option.
Weight: 6-9 ounces
Power: 18-24gram brushless
12-15 amp ESC
Four (4) 4.3-5.5g servos
Battery: 450-600 mah 2S (450 used on proto)