Hasegawa 1:48 Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero (Captured Pt.2)
This is my third and final entry into this awesome GB (Many thanks for the invite Louis) This aircraft represents one of many in the so-called “surrender markings”, white all-over with green crosses. Why were they done like this? I’ll copy/paste the best answer I could find and then link the entire article from a fantastic website, that’s worth bookmarking…
“With the onslaught of kamikaze attacks, suicidal charges and mass Masada-style suicides of both belligerents and civilians, the Americans had no trust in Japanese envoys who might just as easily immolate themselves as actually surrender. General Douglas MacArthur required, as proof of their peaceful intentions, that the aircraft carrying the envoys from Japan to Iejima (Ie Shima to the Americans), the small Okinawan island designated as the trysting place, be painted white all over and that their beloved, honoured, ancient, and storied hinomarus be painted over in white and then replaced by the Christian cross… a green Christian cross.
One can only imagine the emotions, the utter indignity of what this meant to the Japanese who had to mix the paint and spray it over the marks of Japanese courage and honour that were the red hinomarus. Say all you want about Japanese cruelty and behaviour during the war, there is no denying their pride, sense of duty and honour and their personal courage. There was a code, a warrior brotherhood, a history of truths, legends and myths, and it was all over-sprayed in the battle colour of failure—white. The instructions to end the war immediately were clear, and the indignity was given to the aviators… the first to strike at the Americans on December 1941.”
Family portrait of my GB builds