"Another contender for a high-speed long-range bomber that was fulfilled by the G8M1 “Rita” was a Kawanishi proposal- the K-100 (Type17). This thing was small like the Mitsubishi Type 17 with a crew of four in a short 50-foot fuselage. Four Nakajima Mamoru-Kai 18-cylinder radials each with 2,300 HP mounted on the 75-foot wings. Weighing just 30,000 lbs. loaded this thing could scream with a 376 MPH top speed and cruised at 230 MPH for 3,450 miles range. A ceiling of 30,732 feet was projected. Armament was just three 20 mm cannon a 1,760-lb. torpedo or bob of the same weight."
I doubt the validity of this given the same poster said the G7M1 was a four-engine design. The K-100 was a twin-engine bomber as it was the competitor of the G7M and was canned later so it couldn't have been a competing design against the G8M.
blackkite, thank you for very interesting information.
But 12800l of gasoline weights about 9200 kg.
And the difference between empty mass and MTOW is only 16000 - 8850 = 7150 kg.
So I suppose that here is a mistake in the data.
From the other side in valka.cz forum there is only 2800, not 12800 l are mentioned.
It seems too small: 2800 l gasoline + 240 l oil = 2400 kg, crew and cartridges are about 600 kg, torpedo 800 kg, totally
8850 + 2400 + 600 + 800 = about 12700 kg, much less than normal take-off mass and 3,3 ton less than MTOW (16 ton).
So, please, check weights one more time, if it's possible.
Hi! G4M2 Betty Engine : Mitsubishi Kasei21, displacement : 42L, take off power : 1850hp, Range : 3270n.m.(6056km), Fuel : 6300L Kawanishi K100 Engine : Nakajima Mamoru-kai, displacement : 57.7L, take off power : 2300hp, Range : 3000n.m.(5556km) So I suppose Kawanishi K100’s fuel ≒ 6300L×3000n.m./3270n.m.×57.5L/42L = 7940L
The K-100 was definitely not the G9K. The the whole designation of the G9K is confusing as so many authors kick it around various places. What gets me is that in some sources, it puts the G9K ahead and before the G8N. The G10N designation was not used by the Japanese for the Fugaku projects and was a post-war creation based on the progression of bomber designs. Robert C. Mikesh in an article for Airpower magazine feels the Kawanishi 19-shi elliptical winged, 6-engined bomber is likely the G9K. But then he muddles it by stating the design was also called the TB which I've seen listed as distinct from the 19-shi plane in some sources. If Mikesh is right, then the G9K would have followed the G8N and keep the progression intact. Maybe Kawanishi called their design the TB internally.