That’s brilliant Stephen – very kind indeed, thank you – especially useful for the details – some of the weathering on those planes is impressive.
I am guessing this was staged with real and recent aircraft in 1944 – the same year that Kamikaze was first used. It begs the question how much was ‘paint job’ and how much was weathering on these planes? I know that’s an ancient argument. It is something I’ll have to navigate. I love that the special effects are by the same gent who did the early Godzilla films! (Eiji Tsuburaya).
My real question is about the ‘movie’ element of the group. I’m going to be living in this group and a couple of others this year – love the GBs for the cameraderie and feedback – but do you build the subject as depicted in the film, or the subject it represents? If I build the P40 from ‘1941’ – I will be building a plane that was a later variant but used in the movie. So I chose a P40 from Pearl Harbour era – assuming this to be about right. There are few markings on John Belushi’s plane so all good. Likewise the Huey from ‘Apocalypse Now’ – one simply has to be done out with the ‘Death from Above’ art – I’m still working out how to manage that – although it may well never have existed as such in combat.
I’ve got two films and 4 planes I want to build in this thread. The Ki-43 from For Those We Love is fairly drab. The planes from The Eternal Zero are reasonably different (marks and schemes). I have the feeling I will try to stay with the film as opposed to my own research – but it is an additional conundrum when building Imperial Japanese aircraft – which come with their own ‘issues’ when defining colour and weathering anyway! Add into the mix the selection process for planes bound for Kamikaze missions, and it is another case of picking an approach, justifying it in your own head (hopefully with helpful materials like yours, Stephen) and doing your best!!