D3A type 99 Kanjo-bakugekiki ('Val')

Aircraft: Aichi D3A type 99 (Allied code name 'Val'), aircraft "DII-224"of No. 6 Koku Sentai, Imperial Japanese Navy, aircraft carrier Junyo ('[Peregrine] Falcon'), attack on Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, June 3-4, 1942.

'Another Val pilot... dropped his bombs on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Hospital at Unalaska. The nurses' wing was demolished... [later] The pilots of the two damaged Vals, with all hope lost of reaching the Junyo, shouted 'Banzai to the Emperor' as they headed for the cold waters of the North Pacific below.' (Cloe 1992)

Reference: Operations in the North Pacific. Model Art Magazine No. 27

Kit: Hasegawa #09055 1/48.

Accessories/modifications: Vector resin 'Lewis' gun (VDS48-016), Eduard IJN seatbelts (49004), exhausts drilled out.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II, weathering by oil wash and silver and terra cotta Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

Decals: tail code and propellor warning stripes from the kit decals, all other markings painted with masks.

Issues: none.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Hospital at Unalaska, after the Japanese air attack.


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