Nakajima Ki-12 (キ12)

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Nakajima Ki-12
This aircraft was an early attempt to create a modern fighter. Engineers from the French company Dewoitine helped in its production.
This aircraft was created after losing the competition for the Army aircraft in 1935.At the same time, the Dvoitin D.510 aircraft was imported to Japan to look at modern aircraft from Europe. The most interesting element of this aircraft was the armament and engine, which were of great interest to Nakaji, who wanted to win the next tender for a new aircraft.Engineers from France, Roger Robert and Jean Beziaud, were invited to build the new fighter to support engineer Shigenobu Mori in the construction of the new aircraft. They assumed that they would create a state-of-the-art aircraft and began working on it.The aircraft was based on the design of the very successful D.410, but was heavily modified structurally. Thanks to this procedure, the prototype was ready to fly as early as October 1936. Unfortunately, although the Ki-12 was heavily armed (20mm cannon and two 7.7mm MGs) and very fast (480km/h), it was rejected due to the lack of maneuverability and stability, in addition, there were problems with the purchase of a license for the production of Hispano-Suiza HS.404 cannons and the Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs V12 engine.
Structure description
The design of the Ki-12 was very similar to the D.510. However, it differed significantly from it because it was longer and taller, had a larger wing area, which were also longer. It was a single-seater low-wing aircraft with unique features for the time: it had a retractable landing gear and split flaps.It was powered by a 610 hp Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs engine, through which a 20mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 cannon with a supply of 60 rounds passed. Underneath the three-blade fixed-pitch metal propeller are two holes, which are likely to be the mounting locations of two 7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns.

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8.3 m (27 ft 3.75 in)
  • Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.45 m (11 ft 3.8 in)
  • Wing area: 17 m2 (183 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,400 kg (3,086 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,900 kg (4,189 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs water-cooled engine , 450 kW (610 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 480 km/h (300 mph, 260 kn)
  • Range: 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 10,500 m (34,000 ft)

The Ki-12 would be a very interesting fighter of the first era, it is great as a premium aircraft or to complement the army aircraft lines. As for me, it’s a very interesting one that lends itself great to War Thunder. I encourage you to discuss in the comments and share additional information if you have any.
Finally, I apologize for the linguistic and logical errors because unfortunately English is not my main language and I had to use google translator.


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What an interesting aircraft! It would offer a different play style in the Japanese air tree. +1


Of course…such a cool looking little bird +1

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