B5N2 Kanjo-kogekiki ('Kate')

Aircraft: Nakajima B5N2 type 97 (Allied code name 'Kate') of No. 4 Koku Sentai, Imperial Japanese Navy, Petty Officer 2nd class Asao Kawahara, aircraft "DI-308", aircraft carrier Ryujo ('Prancing Dragon'), attack on Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, June 3-4, 1942.

'The next flight of Kates was sighted four minutes after the first. Ten bombs were dropped. One made a direct hit on a Navy 20mm AA gun position, killing Lieutenant Kenneth Greiner and three of the gun's crew.' (Cloe 1992)

Reference: From the kit.

Kit: Hasegawa #09844 1/48.

Accessories/modifications: Ultracast seat (#48185), styrene spars added internally to stiffen wings, 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 from the kit decals, all other markings painted with masks.

Issues: none.


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