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Hello model universe, This is part one of my Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero. In this first part I created the cockpit section. I decided to make a nice video build thread, so everyone can see how I attack things. In my opinion better than pictures. I hope it's allowed on this forum. So grab a cup of tee and let's start! https://youtu.be/g3MFMRjaRgE Thanks for joining!
A few weeks ago, I was presented by a kit of A6M3 Zero in a christmas present exchange action in a forum. It was an old tool Tamiya kit of Mod.32 "Hamp". As I have no japs in my collection yet, I went on to start it! I got lots of goodies for it, but I managed to destroy the kit as my skills in engraving the panel lines are nonexistant.... Thus, I aquired a new tool Tamiya kit, its a different A6M3 variant (Mod.22, different wings), and started it after a few weeks of research. Following goodies are here, but its likely not all would be used. Sure use are only the BigEd set and the "Saburo Sakai" pilot, plus diorama items. I always want to make a diorama out of my kits, but noone makes the japanese mechanics working on the airframe! I asked Luis "Panzer vs. Tanks" on shapeways, if he can make a set, but its not yet there, and he's not sure he will make it in time for decision. CMK Sakae 21 Motor - only if ground crew would come CMK Weapon bays A6M3 - not likely CMK Rear conus A6M3/A6M5 - not likely, new Tamiya looks correct to me CMK Cockpit - most likely not Big Ed A6M3 - already HGW Seatbelts Zero - not really, pilot has the belts molded on Scale Aircraft Conversions Metal Gear struts - quite sure use, I always have a stability problem with plastic struts when transporting to shows SBS Model Seat - nope Squadron Vacform canopy - likely True Details Wheels - sure Techmod A6M3 "Aces" decal - sure For the diorama I got CMK Ground crew (winking) CMK Saburo Sakai IJN Pilot PJ Productions IJN Pilot Tamiya Kurogane 4x4 jeep Tamiya Komatsu G40 Bulldozer Barrels, crates, etc from different kits. The plan is to make an aircraft coded T2-165 in a highly weared green over the IJN glossy faded grey green. This machine was a mitsubishi build A6M3 Mod. 22, so mitsubishi specific coloring applies. It was a part of 204 Kokutai activities in the Solomons in 1943, based on Rabaul and Buin. It was mostly flown by the top ace Shoichi Sugita. Shoichi Sugita was one of the 6 pilots who were escorting Admiral Yamamoto's Betty when P-38 Lightnings ambushed the group and shot down both Betties, killing Yamamoto. Sugita shot down one of the Lightnings, but too late to save the admiral. 6 Pilots were ashamed to have failed, and swore an oath to fight the enemy with no respect for their own life. In a few months, 4 were killed, and another went home after loosing an arm, only Sugita remaining. He was respected as the most agressive japanese pilot, and shot down between 70 and 120 aircraft. He was injured a few times, but returned to action, fighting over Truk, Peleliu, Phillipines and japanese mainland. In 1945 he was a part of the elite 301 Hikotai, 343 Kokutai, which was commanded by Minoru Genda and flew the brand new N1K2-J George to a devastating effect (most likely my next build ). However, on 15. April 1945 US carrier Hellcats from VF-46, led by Robert "Doc" Weatherup, struck the airfield. Despite the order to get in cover from Genda, Sugita and his wingman Miyazawa ran to their fighters and tried to start, only to be blown to pieces on takeoff by Weatherup. The plane weathering should look like this (its another Zero from the same area) The profile is:
Hi, This one is not so much vintage as two others posted today - it has only 23 years... This was the second model which I done after more than 10 years pausing in modelling. This is Mitsubishi A6M3 Raisen, model 32 named by Allies "Hump" - this was a conversion of Model 21 from Jo-Han by cutting and reshaping ends of wings and giving another cowling. Painting scheme from 6 Kokutai, Ballale, Salomon Islands 1943 Comments welcome and regards Jerzy-Wojtek