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This is the Hasegawa A6M5 1/48 kit with some Eduard etch seat belts with the decals from Rising Decals Dying Sun sets. The kit itself was rescued from the shelf of doom, I can't remember why it was put there as the model itself isn't bad. The decals are also top notch. ATAIU-SEA stands for Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit -South East Asia and a number of Japanese aircraft wore these markings post war while being the subject of evaluation by the RAF. I believe that the centre section of this aircraft is now in the Imperial War Museum and the only section of the ATAIU's aircraft to survive.
Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a WNr 500210 was flown by Lt Hans Dorn, belonging to 1/JG 7. I wasn't able to find out much about Dorn, he did not score any kills in the 262 and was likely a young replacement pilot assigned to JG 7 in the last weeks of the war. JG 7 suffered heavy casualties in the last month or so of air combat over Europe. The aircraft was captured by No. 616 Squadron RAF as Fassberg and was ferried to Lubeck, Schleswig and onto Farnborough on May 29th. Allocated the RAF identity VH509, it was test flown at Brize Norton in July. Declared surplus, it was shipped off to Canada in August the next year, arriving in Canada on September 1st 1946. From there it was sold, along with 300 other wartime surplus aircraft to Cameron Logan of New Scotland Ontario who scrapped the whole lot sometime in 1947. I'll use the very nice Tamiya kit along with the Cutting Edge decals, although I don't really trust the profile in the decal sheet, thus I'll use the other profile as a camouflage guide and apply the captured markings as per the decal sheet. Originally I thought this was an A-2a, thus I bought that kit, but it seems upon looking at pictures the aircraft was an A-1a, the only real difference is this kit comes with bomb racks and two less cannon. I will drill out the top holes in the cowling to give the impression of a fighter and just close the weapons bay.