One usually identifies “Schrägemusik” with German World War II subjects such as the Messerschmitt Bf 110 or Junkers Ju 88.
The Japanese also experimented with obliquely mounted weapons. In an attempt to combat American bombers, the 302nd Kokutai and 332nd Kokutai had various aircraft “field-modified” for these nocturnal duties.
Among the aircraft used were the A6M Reisen, J2M Raiden, D4Y Suisei, J1N Gekko, C6N Saiun, and P1Y Ginga. It is the former three that are represented in this release.
The options are:
Mitsubishi A6M5 “White 32-89”, Kokutai 332, Naruo AB, Japan early 1945.
Mitsubishi A6M5 “Yellow YoD-160”, 2nd Hikotai of Kokutai 302, Atsugi AB, Japan 1945.
Kugisho D4Y2-S, “White YoD-228”, flown by CPO Yoshimitsu Naka (pilot) and CPO Hisao Kanazawa (navigator), Kokutai 302, Atsugi AB, Japan 1945.
Kugisho D4Y2-S, “Red YoD-154”, Yokosuka Kokutai, Yokosuka AB, Japan 1945.
After having previously shot down one B-29 and damaged another, LCDR Masaharu Yamada, CO of 7th Hikotai was killed in a landing accident while flying this aircraft on the night of 25/26 May 1945.
Mitsubishi J2M3 “White YoD-1183”, Kokutai 302, Atsugi AB, Japan 1945.
Flying a P-51 D Mustang, Maj. James B. Tapp (8 victories in total) shot down LTJG Ei Fukuda while he was flying this aircraft on April 19 1945.
As a bonus, markings are included for an unrelated two seater. This takes the form of a Kyushu K9W1 “Black YoD-703” from Kokutai 302, Atsugi AB, Japan 1944.
The single sheet is superbly printed by “Tally Ho!” in the Czech Republic.
All items were in perfect register and the carrier film is as thin as practical.
The printing is sharp and each subject comes with an excellent array of stencil data.
So if you want to model something just a little bit different, this highly recommended sheet is for you.
Thanks to Revi Decals for the review sample
Text and Images Copyright © 2008 by Rob Baumgartner
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Last updated 29 May, 2008
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