Shiden Model 11
|Coastal Defense Ship||Destroyer|
|Light Cruiser||Torpedo Cruiser|
|Heavy Cruiser||Training Cruiser|
|Aviation Cruiser||Fast Battleship|
|Light Carrier||Standard Aircraft Carrier|
|Armored Carrier||Seaplane Tender|
|Submarine||Aircraft Carrying Submarine|
|Submarine Tender||Fleet Oiler|
|Repair Ship||Amphibious Assault Ship|
- September 2017 Ranking Reward for Top 500 (except 6th ~ 20th place).
- Quest F67 offers this as a choice between three rewards.
|Improvement Cost: 160 180 360||★||S||M||T||W||T||F||S||Helper Ship|
|Consumes: 2x Type 0 Fighter Model 52||0||8/9||4/5||✗||A|
|Consumes: 2x Zuiun||6||10/12||6/8|
|Consumes: 2x Shiden Kai 2|
Produces: 1x Shiden Model 21 Shiden Kai
Many examples of aircraft conversions to seaplane exist, but none are as unique and successful as the first and only seaplane to aircraft conversion, the Kawanishi Shiden. Being even faster, more maneuverable and armored than the Zero and longer ranged and more powerful than the Raiden, the Shiden was the IJN's answer to the USN's F6F, Corsair and P-47 fighters. It was developed in private by Kawanishi after realizing the Kyoufuu being developed by them had lots of potential as a land-based aircraft, though surprisingly, the IJN had no interest for most of its development. It was only after the Kawanishi J6K Jinpu was cancelled and Raiden facing lots of problems that the IJN finally noticed the Shiden and decided to fully sponsor the project. Resources were diverted from Kyoufuu production to jump start the promising Shiden.
At first, the initial reactions from test flights was unsatisfactory because it was considered difficult to fly compared to the streamlined Zero fighter and the rushed Homare engine not living up to expectations. Due to the rarity and skill demanded by the Shiden, first production planes were given to the surviving, most experienced air groups and then later were used to train new pilots as production increased. Problems with the Shiden were quickly ironed out with Shiden Kai, but unavoidable performance problems like poor fuel quality, unskilled labor and low output numbers were always present.
- On 31 December 1942, Lt. Hoashi Takumi (帆足工海軍大尉) piloted the Shiden on its first flight from Itami Airport. Six months later, Takumi would pass away while testing the Raiden.
- The 343 Air Group used the Shiden as training aircraft while they waited for the Shiden Kai, though it was very dangerous due to the faulty landing gear causing many accidents, sometimes fatal.
- Kawanishi N1K - Wikipedia (English site)
- 紫電改 - Wikipedia (Japanese site)
- Additional Shiden reading material - The Boxart Den