Detail I’ve never seen – Japanese Aircraft Detail
Greetings, fellow iModelers! I was watching a short 1952 movie entitled “Okinawa.” In it were some great shots of Japanese pilots (actually filmed by Japanese photographers) manning their planes (dive & torpedo bombers) before flying to their targets. I saw a quick 1-2 second clip of a pilot running up to the left landing gear and hoisting himself up to the cockpit with the help of a rope. This rope hung down over the leading edge of the wing and was attached somewhere in the pilot’s portion of the cockpit. I’d never seen this particular detail on any parked aircraft before … has anyone else? This was from actual wartime film, so I know it wasn’t a Hollyweird invention.
This is only a tiny detail, and maybe not used a lot, but I thought it could be used by anyone super-detailing a diorama here, so I thought to post it. I hope it helps someone!
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