Mitsubishi A6M5 – Japanese Surrender Markings, 1945
Coincidental to Dmitry’s earlier posting of his 1/72 Airfix Zeke, here is Tamiya’s 1/32 A6M5 in surrender markings, completed this weekend. I bought the kit second-hand a year ago, sprues still bagged as new, and with two Eduard aftermarket etch sets included, for internal areas.
The apple-green crosses were hastily applied to all Japanese service aircraft upon the Emperor’s announcement of the Empire’s surrender. They were applied in a variety of styles, in some cases simply painted freehand adjacent the hinomarus, in others, as in this example, they were painted over a wash coat of white at national marking locations.
The surrender delegation who were to meet MacArthur were instructed to arrive in Betty bombers which were stripped of all armaments, painted completely white, and the green crosses applied in place of the Japanese national markings, to add to Japanese humiliation.
When the Allied forces arrived in Japan, they were surprised at the large number of servicable aircraft available, so it was not the case that “crossed” aircraft represented poorly maintained or abandoned airframes.
The crosses here represent irregular, hastily applied symbols.Colours used are from White Ensign Models. In addition to the items noted above, I’ve added wiring and a few pipes to the engine.
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