December 1, 2012 in Aviation
“ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIZES OF THE PACIFIC WAR.”
As part of the greater battle of Midway, this Zero flew from the Ryujo and took part in a raid on Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians. The Zero was damaged in that raid and made a forced landing in a bog on the island of Akutan.
A month later a US Navy PBY Catalina flying boat on patrol spotted the Zero and an expedition was sent to recover it. The Zero was quickly repaired and flight testing began in late September 1942. Test Pilot information together with the improved capabilities of the Hellcat, were credited with helping American pilots tip the balance in the Pacific.
I chose to keep this to an out-of-box build although I was tempted to add some wiring to the cockpit and engine. The scale and the quality of the parts in this kit are as good as it can get and you will have a fine build without the need for aftermarket additions.
The decals are Yellowhammer’s 1/32 A6M2 Zero Type 21s decal sheet (YHD32014) which included the markings for Koga’s Zero as well as vinyl painting masks. I painted on most of the markings.
I want to thank Vladimir Adamec who took the excellent pictures of the completed Zero at a show. Vlad was kind enough to let me use these images. I hope you enjoy them.
6 additional images. Click to enlarge