Now, this may make you wonder what Stellan is up to after such a long time of not adding to the building activity. A Zero in Swedish service, really? Some may call this a What-if project. Well, it could be depending on how you define a what-if build. This not not merely a nice looking aircraft in unusual markings, this does actually have some historical background. Please, read on.
As you may have read in an article on the P-43 Lancer, I added some information linking the P-35 to the P-43 to the P-47, all with a Swedish connection https://imodeler.com/2020/09/dora-wings-1-48-republic-p-43a-lancer/ Now, during the time of the outbreak of the second world war the Swedish government was on a hunt for more modern machines for its small air force, well actually any machine would do in the end (but that is another story). Before it came to desperate measures and buying the machines that were available (only Italian ones…) there were all sorts of hopes going on in the upper echelons of the air force. From a written document it is told how Sweden were approached by some Japanese official, totally unofficial though, and it seems like there was an offer to sell some Zeros to Sweden. In the end it came to nothing, apparently as no one could solve the issue of the two countries being at the total opposites of the world and shipping of the said aircraft would be a problem while the world was on fire.
Anyway, this will be my take on this deal that in the end came to nothing.
Modern Tamiya model, check.
Paints of assorted nuances, check.
Swedish standard decals for national identity and aircraft numbers, check.
The model will be in dark green upper sides and light grey undersides. This would be in line with normal Swedish painting of the time. The most normal thing would also be to have the aircraft delivered painted and ready for service. I prefer the Mitsubishi paint style with demarcation line low on the fuselage so I will probably go that way. However, nothing is totally set yet so if you have any input I´m happy take part of that.
3 attached images. Click to enlarge.