this is the pattern part of the list of models produced by MK.
It follows the ROYAL/MARUTAKA and MK List I put in the Scale section of RCU
Mr. Masahiro Kato was a top FAI pattern pilot who won many Japanese National championships.
As many high level modelers, he was designing and building his machines himself. After establishing his own company, named M. Kato Model Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd, he began selling his MK kits. Parts were all first quality balsa, pre-cut and many already pre-formed. A very high level of quality was achieved, Mr. Kato being without any doubt a very perfectionnist man, how could he climb to the first place in his country otherwise?
His main products line consisted of high level aerobatic models but he also designed some scale warbird. These were soon handed over to Marutaka, so he could concentrate himself on Pattern flight, altough he continued to design and draw many scale models for Marutaka. His first scale model MK kits were diffused in very small numbers and they did certainly not bring him much money, considering the high level of craftmanship involved. I will try to establish a list of the now very scarse scale models kits and also give an outlook of his long list of stunt champions, designed by M. Kato or by some of his fellow competitors.
Thunder Chief - Serious things began when he became a Japan team member in world aerobatics contests.
Thunderbird 60 and New Thunderbird 40
Blue Angel by M. KATO (First Kit in 1971, in development since 1962)
This is the third version, after tail modifications by T. Yoshioka.
Blue Angel 60 M. KATO design modified by World Champion T. YOSHIOKA WS 1630mm 3350 gr. .60 (1973)
Very awesome construction by 8178 don't miss his interesting and highly detailed Blue Angel Build Thread
For another nice build thread by Dhal22 click here
For more on Blue Angel story in attached pdf file: see under at the end of list
Atlas 60 designed by Wolfgang Matt (1975) was also available in 40 and 20 size, then named MATTLAS
Curare 60 designed by Hans und Hanno Prettner (1976) Also in 20 size.
Arrow 60 by Wolfgang Matt and 40 size named MATT ARROW 40
Magic 60 and 40 designed by Hans und Hanno Prettner
Skymaster 60 and 20
Cosmos 60, 40 and 20
Aurora 60 , 45 and 25 Design G. Naruke and M. Kato. + 90 version with firewall rearward to fit .90 4Cycles There is also a copy PA-II by Larry Phillips
Electrical version made by Jeff L. See his Aurora build thread (nice paint work demonstration!)
Joker 60 and 25 designed by Wolfgang Matt
Wild Beat Design Y. Akiba and M. Kato
Wild Beat 90
Build thread by dhal22 Thanks for sharing, David!
Wild Beat 777
Blue Angel VR-7 WS 1950 mm 4.6 kg (1976)
Blue Angel Super VR-7
Super VR 90
Sky Star 90
Topstar 110 Thanks for your nice pictures, Mike.
Topstar II Elect.
Blue Angel 60 around 2001
Curare 60 around 2001
Blue Angel 40 around 2005
We must also include MK semi-scale FAI designs: ZLin, Spinks, Laser, Chipmunk,slightly larger Super Chipmunk( late 80), .90 sized version of the Extra 300 (designed by Quique Somenzini) around 1999.
+ Some nice 20 size stunt trainers, the Lucky 20, Lucky 20S, Astro 20S and Astro 20ST.
The Astro was also available in 40 size.
Many thanks to Flywilly and Aurora 60 for sharing many of the precious informations you can find here in the Pattern part of this topic and to David ( Doxilia) who mailed many pictures he scanned and touched up.
Will be continued
Happy Landings ![/b]