Aichi E16A1 Zuiun
The Aichi E16A1 (Allied reporting name "Paul") was a Japanese reconnaissance seaplane and thought as replacement for the old E13A. It had the unusual feature of being equipped with dive brakes, located in the front legs of the float struts, which allowed it to also operate as a dive bomber. The production started in 1944 which was far too late for the intended use on ships like the Mogami. Instead it was used from naval bases and as kamikaze plane.
The Paul will be the third seaplane of Japan in FHSW but since it can also carry up to 250 kg bombs it fulfills a different role. A nice visual effect is that the dive brakes really deploy when nosing the aircraft into a dive. Another interesting gimmick is that the rear gunner can open and close the canopy in front of his machine gun so you don’t catch a cold.
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa
The Nakajima Ki-43 (Allied reporting name "Oscar") is one of the most famous Japanese fighters of World War II. Like the A6M "Zero" it was very light and maneuverable and especially during the early stages of the war it proved to be a very successful fighter.
As the war progressed and newer Allied aircraft were introduced, the Ki-43 suffered from the same weakness as the A6M Zero: light armor and less-than-effective self-sealing fuel tanks caused high casualties in combat. Its armament of two machine guns also proved inadequate against the more heavily armored Allied aircraft. However, even towards the end, the Oscar's excellent maneuverability could still gain advantage over rash Allied pilots. Like most Japanese combat types, many Hayabusas were at the end expended in kamikaze raids.
With almost 6,000 units the Ki-43 was one of the most produced airplanes by the Japanese in World War II.
The model in FHSW represents the Ki-43-II and is armed with two 12.7 mm machine guns. There will also be a fighter bomber variant with two 250 kg bombs or anti-tank cluster bombs. Like the real plane it‘s a bit slower than the Zero but more maneuverable.