Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ki-201 ‘Karyū’: The Me 262 Domestic Production Plan

Me 262 A-1a

At the dawn of 1944, the German jet fighter Messerschmitt "Me 262" was nearing the beginning of its service life. Due to issues with its power-plant and interference from the High Command, the aircraft had been in the testing stage since 1941. In the coming months it would enter mass production. The aircraft had achieved revolutionary performance; exhibiting a top speed of 870km/h, a cruising distance of 1,050km, and a climb rate of 1,200m/min. The bomber-devastating armament consisted of a quartet of 30 mm machine cannons and 24 rockets. On paper, it was the world’s best interceptor at the time. Germany had been quick to the development of jet engines; the He 178, the first jet plane in the world, flew as early as 1939.

Ne-0 ramjet on a Type99 Light Bomber - IJA's first jet engine.
It is comparatively little known that Japan had indigenous jet engine programs prior to being influenced by German technology. The development of original Japanese jet engines began in 1941-1942, but they wouldn’t materialize as prototypes until 1943. In the typical fashion of the Japanese military, the Navy and Army did not collaborate on this ordeal. As such, duplicate research efforts were conducted simultaneously. The testing of indigenous jet engines were plagued with troubles, to be brief; major issues such as total failure of the engine itself during operation to performance problems like low thrust output and high fuel consumption rate were unavoidable. By 1944, the most advanced Japanese turbojet developments from both sides only provided about 300kg of thrust. At this point the Japanese were several years behind their German counterparts. However, with limited assistance, an impressive technological leap was soon to be achieved.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

By The Sea

   Hello everyone. It's been half a year now since I last spoke to you. I've tried to find a title for this post, I suppose I kind of juked myself by calling my last update my last last. So here I guess this update will be unofficial won't it. Well... that's going to be the plan. 😊

Saturday, December 8, 2018

My [Not so Last] Blog Update

    Hello everyone. I wish I were making this post in better circumstances, but unfortunately this won't be the case today. For the past two months, I've undertaken serious events and in this time thought long and hard about myself and my part with the community. I created this blog to help give readers who have had little prior knowledge on Japanese armoured vehicle history a chance to learn something new and interesting. And I wish I could continue working on it, but from here on... I will not be very capable anymore until further notice.

Monday, September 3, 2018

O-I Superheavy Tank: A Complete History

The Battle of Khalkhin Gol had been a devastating defeat for the Empire of Japan in 1939. The Kwantung Army suffered total strategic defeat at the hands of the Soviet Union surrounding the village of Nomonhon. This had been Japan’s first significant deployment of armour against a modern army. Tank development in Imperial Japan was still in its nascent stages by the time the border conflict at Nomonhon began.

Notebooks belonging to the engineers working on the O-I/Mi-To tank project, and where majority of the source material from this write-up derived from, including all drawings.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tank Battle of Khalkhin Gol

It was the eve of June 20th, and the Japanese headquarters in Manchukuo enacted emergency mobilization of the 3rd and 4th Tank Regiments. Soviet armies moved alongside the Manchurian border, preparing to retaliate for the border skirmish between Mongolian calvary units under supervision of the Soviet Union, and Manchurian infantry regiments. A border dispute between two puppet states forced the response of the Empire of Japan and Soviet Union to mobilize their borders.

Japanese Tank Regiment's pushing around the Harzha River to the frontline.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Postponement of Work

  Hello everyone. It's been quite some time since I last updated my blog. Unfortunately, I've had troubles working due to various reasons, so my time to update and work on my research and articles has suffered because of it. So today I am going to post my final Blog Update for the near future.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ohka-based Interceptor Fighter

Recently I spent some time in the National Archive of Japan and the National Diet Library Center. I eventually found, with help of a friend procuring documents from the Canadian Heritage archive, a new type of Japanese interceptor based on the Ohka Suicide Bomb. I don't usually touch on aircraft, as my aerial knowledge is rather poor. To make this I worked with a few people who have a much better understanding than myself. Such as Cherryblossom, ARADO_AKBAR, Shapeshifter (Whelmy), and Leo Guo.