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This is the Hasegawa G3M2 “Nell”. The subject aircraft was found on wrecked Naha Airfield on Okinawa on 1 April 1945 and was extensively photographed by American troops. It was assigned to the 901 Kōkūtai, a maritime patrol unit which was equipped with several different aircraft types. The “C” marking on the fuselage side was a visual aid to formation flying while on anti-submarine patrol; at the proper distance the “C” would appear to be a closed circle.
The model was built out of the box, with only tape belts added to the interior. Hinomaru were painted using Maketar masks, the remaining markings are kit decals.
This is Hasegawa’s Mitsubishi G4M2 Type 1 Land Based Attack Bomber Model 22, Allied reporting name “Betty”. It is marked as a machine of the 708 Hikotai of the 762 Kokutai. This unit was decimated in the Philippines in 1944. Insignia are painted using Maketar masks, the tail codes are from the kit and were well behaved. I also used a canopy mask set which is very helpful with the greenhouse canopies. You can see into the cockpit area through the canopy and to a lesser extent into the nose and tail positions. It wouldn’t be a total waste to detail these areas although not an absolute requirement either. The most useful reference I found was the Revi volume, very thorough with a separate plan sheet in 1/72 scale and color side profiles. My subject is from one of the profiles in that book.
Photographs taken at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (NMUSAF) at Dayton, Ohio.
Yesterday was the Military Modelers Club of Louisville 2022 Model Show, held at the Triple Crown Pavilion & Convention Center. There were 452 model entries, only slightly down from the MMCL club record of 481 entries last year. The club is justifiably famous for their outstanding raffle which is always a highlight. Meeting up with fellow modelers is always a good time, among many others I got to hang out with Mike & Dave of Plastic model Mojo fame and finally got to meet Warren (Dixieflyer) in person!
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Machinist’s Mate First Class Donald Runyon grew up on a farm in Alamo, Indiana and joined the Navy at the age of twenty-one. He earned his wings as an enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot. Assigned to VF-6 operating from the USS Enterprise (CV-6) in August of 1942, he scored a total of eight victories in the Wildcat during the Guadalcanal Campaign, including three Aichi D3A Vals and an A6M2 Zero on 24AUG42. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he added three more victories during a second tour with VF-18 aboard USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). Runyon survived the war, an ace with eleven victories to his credit.