The Akutan Ronin: Captured Mitsubishi A6M2b-21 Zero, Airfix 1:72, “Caged Warbirds” serie
As the third specimen of my “Captured Warbirds” serie this one is quite interesting. This Zero was shoot down over Akutan, Alaska, in the Aleutian islands, in July of 1942. The plane was shoot in the oil return line so the pilot, Tadayoshi Koga, tried to land in a seemingly hard field which happened to be a marsh.
The plane flop upside down and Koga died instantly. Nevertheless, the Zero had only minor damages, so was recovered by the US and put to fly again. This was the first Zero successfully recovered, so finally the US forces were able to descipher the incredible agility of this machine and study its weaknesses. Sadly this plane was destroyed when an out of control fighter landed over it, so there are only a handful of pictures to work with. Edit: For a better recount of this amazing history and the built of this plane before being captured, see Louis Gardner’s article: http://imodeler.com/2017/06/148-tamiya-a6m-2-zero-flown-by-po-koga/
For the kit I used the excelent A01005 box of Airfix. All the paints are Vallejo plus a bit of Humbrol enamel coat. The cockpit instruments are just the kit decals and I added a candy paper seatbelt with a bit of PE as the belt buckle. Wonderful. The chipping was done with salt. There are no aftermarket pieces.
As I said, this is a serie of captured warbirds. This are my Circus Rosarius Mustang and my US Navy FW-190: http://imodeler.com/2018/02/the-tamed-horse-captured-mustang-p-51d-italeri-172/ http://imodeler.com/2017/12/mistercraft-focke-wulf-fw-190-a-8-rammjager-1-72-caged-bird/
I fixed the Mustang canopy. Actually put a new one, given that I fog the former with lacquer. Learnt lesson, and now you can really see the interior.
I hope you liked this machine. I loved every second building it. Next, the Bolshevik Ritter, captured ME-109.