The Empire of Japan Group meets The Movies Group…
‘For Those We Love’ and ‘The Eternal Zero’ are two films that broach the difficult subject of Kamikaze. For David Leigh-Smith’s movies group I chose to build various subjects from these films.
As I moved to a new house this time last year, I put the original Ki-43 and A6M3 on the roof of the car as I carefully placed a half-built Avenger in one of my son’s hands and a Storch in the hands of the other. I then became distracted.
We retraced our route once I realised what had happened. The Ki-43 was nowhere to be seen. The Zero was a battered wreck by the side of the road. Extreme weathering…
I migrated the ‘recovery’ build to the Empire of Japan Group, hosted by Louis Gardner. After nearly 2 years building (tinkering really) on and off, I’m calling these done. The Zeros A6M5, A6M3 and A6M2 are old Tamiya kits and the Ki-43 is Hasegawa. They are all 1/48th scale.
It should be said that these represent ‘representations’ from the films and are not meant to be ‘real’ planes. They are not based on researched schemes, although weathering is based on patterns I found in old photos as I researched Kamikaze, and decals are for Kamikaze planes. I posted those weathering photos in the original WIPs, along with the screenshots from the films.
I have added a couple of photos of the A6M5 and A6M2 together as in the final scenes ‘The Eternal Zero’ the instructor swaps his A6M5 for an A6M2 his student is about to fly, as they prepare for their final suicide mission. There is a twist of course.
I’d recommend that anyone interested in aviation, and especially Japanese subjects, watches these films and draws their own conclusions. They were the cause of controversy when released – some said they glorify Kamikaze. The politics behind the films is difficult and not for here (please). I don’t think these are great builds, but they are done, and I will build better because of them!
Thanks to David and Louis and anyone who became involved in the WIPs and the discussion!