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CMSCHLOM

Japanese F-35B retro-painted as an A6M2

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Fujimi released a great 1/72 kit of the F-35B as it would appear based aboard two of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force's Helicopter "Destroyers."  I took this kit a step further and retro-painted and marked the Kokutai's (Air Group Commander's) F-35B embarked aboard JS Kaga, DDH-184, as an A6M2 of WWII lineage stationed aboard the IJN Carrier Kaga, during 1941-42.  (The modern Kaga, DDH-184 is almost the same size in length, as aircraft carrier Kaga which served in WWII.)

Hope you enjoy this future fighter of the JMSDF!  I used Eduards photo etch set for the cockpit, and Berna Decals for the hinamarus and tail code.  The identification bands on the fuselage and tail were masked and painted.

 

UPDATE:  Appears that the Japanese will buy 40 F-35Bs.  Resurrecting the Kiddo Butai!

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/japan-preparing-to-put-us-designed-stealth-jets-on-an-aircraft-carrier/ar-BBQgvUc

 

 

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8 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Good looking F-35

 

There's a contradiction in terms if ever I saw one.

 

Nice model though, well done.

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Many thanks for your comments!  I figured if the U S Navy can do a retro paint job, why can't the Japanese?

 

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Thank goodness they didn't have those at Pearl Harbour.  Then again, the Zeros were reliable.......

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I keep coming back to look at this again and again. Very simple concept, beautifully rendered.

Great work!

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I can totally see this being made IRL if they ever have a display aircraft! Brilliant concept, fantastically executed! 

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Retro painted EA-6B from the Coral Sea Battle

 

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Retro painted F-16 to look like the P-47 "Tar Heel Hal"

 

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It appears the Japanese now possess two potent aircraft carriers!

 

 

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