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I'll be using the Tamiya 1/48 kit for this build, along with the Rising Decals Dying Sun Part II. I also have a small etch set that I picked up cheaply which might lend some parts to it. Unfortunately the 1/48 sheet only gives you the tail designation and writing for this machine, so I will have to source a few US markings elsewhere along with painting the fin flash. The aircraft will be the former yellow 343S-23 of the 343rd Kokutai based out of the Philippines in early 1945. Stripped and repainted in American markings it was brougth up to airworthy status. I believe the intent was to sh
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 survi
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 Augus