G4M1 Isshikirikko (Allied code name 'Betty')

model photos by Ted Spencer

Aircraft: Mitsubishi Isshikirikko Type 11 G4M1 (Allied code name 'Betty'), aircraft "W2-373", pilot unknown, 752 Kokutai, Imperial Japanese Navy, based at Paramushiro Island, Kurile Islands, battle of Attu, May 23, 1943 (background profile art by Mark Styling).

Reference: Osamu Tagaya "Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko 'Betty' Units of World War 2", Osprey publications (Combat aircraft #22).

Kit: Tamiya #61049 1/48.

Accessories/modifications: None.

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

Decals: All markings except tail code done with paint, tail code with borrowed elements from Hasagawa A6M2N kit (#09681).

Issues: Kit is excellent. Unknown whether this particular aircraft participated in the May 23, 1943 attack on Attu Island. Wear and tear on this aircraft also unknown as no photographs from May 1943 are available - consequently model was done with very clean appearance (except for exhaust staining) and intact paint.


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