From Pearl Harbour to Calvary – The history of Mitsuo Fushida closed in small model of plane
I met the character of Mitsuo Fushida for the first time while watching, not so long ago, quite old (but very good) movie “Tora Tora Tora”. A slim man with a characteristic mustache with a sense of his mission. As it turns out, his biggest mission was to come many years later. Given that Commander Fushida was in command of the Pearl Harbor raid, it was obvious that it was only a matter of time before the model was built. I decided to choose the painting from the time of the so-called 8-day week, i.e. the time of training before the raid on Pearl Harbor and the cruise of the combined fleet towards Hawaii (the plane was painted in the familiar colors from the time of the raid – green and red tail, during the cruise). During the mission itself, Fushida commanded the raid and documented the entire raid and its effects with the aid of a camera. Therefore, he did not fly the plane during this mission. After the mission, it turned out that his B5N2 has twenty shots from anti-aircraft defense, but it did reach its carrier. In an interesting twist of fate, Mitsuo Fushida had an appendicitis attack during Operation MI, and remained on the carrier without taking part in combat. During the raid of the Americans, he saved himself by jumping from a burning ship, breaking his legs at the same time. For the second time his life was saved. Another amazing event was the fact that he did not develop radiation sickness while documenting the losses following the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the war, his life changed completely. As a result of various amazing events, he made contact with American Veterans, including Jimmy Doolittle, got baptized and became a preacher, spending the rest of his life preaching the Bible.
A few words about the model. This is a new Airfix product from 2013, which definitely improves the quality of this brand’s products. Of course, it is not free from flaws, which I could learn about when folding the fuselage or adjusting the chassis. However, everything managed to lead to a happy ending. attention may be drawn, for example, to several available fairings in open, closed and partially open versions. I chose partially open for two reasons. Firstly, when fully closed, it did not fit well in the end section. There were gaps between the fairing and the fuselage. Secondly, when it was fully open, it unfortunately showed imperfections in the fuselage joint, which, despite long putting and sanding, were slightly visible. On the plus side, you can add a whole range of suspended armaments. I chose type 99 no 80 mark 5 – 800 kg armour piercing bomb, which contributed to the destruction of the battleship Arizona during the mission in Pearl Harbor itself. The Sakae engine and the possibility of making open shutters of the engine were very nice. I recommend the model to experienced modellers. It is definitely not a model worth making without building a few in advance. I would also like to add that after talking to my friend Ryan, I decided to make the engine casing and the front part of the fuselage in anti-glare paint, which was not included in the painting schemes included in the Print Scale decal set. However, in my opinion, an unpainted motor housing was unlikely and, above all, very impractical. I hope you like photos of Fushida’s Kate. main paint was Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium. rest of paints was gunze. Crew was painted Vallejo and Tamiya (Red Brown). Also I used small PE set from Eduard, Ammo Mig rigging wire and Fine Molds metal Pitot Tube. For weathering I used Oli Wash Modelers World, and Weathering Master Set Tamiya A, C, H, F. Final coatnig with X-35 Clear.
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