Equipped with Nakajima Hikari 710 horsepower engines, the initial prototype of the Aichi D3a Val was accomplished in December 1937; it had its maiden flight in 1938. Though it had displayed a poor showing, its second prototype had been improved to solve issues on power, strength, and stability. Successful at hitting the mark, the D3A Aichi had been selected to go into full production over the Nakajima model. This new model from Aichi, dubbed as D3A1, featured redesigned wings with a larger span, enhanced dive brakes, Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 radial piston engine of 1000hp in a revised cowling, and improved manipulation through the dorsal fin lengthening.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December 1941, there were 126 D3As used. The aircraft was sometimes used as a fighter aircraft because of its agile features. Compared with any other aircraft model, the D3A successfully sank the most number of Allied navy ships. If you’re a geek of Japan-made planes, this wood model aircraft is worth considering. Noted for its participation in the Kamikaze attacks, you would surely be amazed repeatedly on the Aichi Val’s unique role in Second World War.