Origami Observation…Empire of Japan Group Build
After numerous small challenges and delays I present my first group build completion…
A Yokosuka E14 Y-1 “Glen” “Folding Floatplane”. Little known even in dedicated WW2 aviation circles, this aircraft was notable for being stuffed into a tube on the forward deck of a Japanese class I- 400 submarine and assembled to be launched by catapult, and recovered by a crane after landing (hopefully in calm seas) next to the ship and folded up to be “re-packaged ” into it’s grotto again. I would think it would be better remembered as it was the only Japanese aircraft to bomb mainland U.S.A.
My machine is marked as the aircraft which flew over Pearl Harbour a week after the Japanese attack to do damage assessments.
The MPM kit is a gem ,however somewhat limited in injection molded detail as it is a vintage 1996 kit of low-pressure limited run status. The details are therefore catered to with photo-etch (which I am notoriously inexperienced with). The plastic was brittle as well which led to some of my construction problems.
Sometimes I resort to sticking my floatplanes on a peg ,if only because I am too lazy to build a beaching trolley. I never saw a picture of one of these on land anyway…
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