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  • #16
    Originally posted by tbm3fan View Post
    The only guy I can think of, and the reason he is easy to come up with is because a classmate between 1978-1981 had the same last name, Sakai. Also a very common last name much like Smith.
    You must be thinking of Saburō Sakai. This isn't him. But they flew together.

    Hanson may have been the Butcher. This guy was the Devil

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    • #17
      The Devil, Warrant Officer Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Suburo Sakai's buddy. He had over 80 victories (the Japanese stopped tracking and crediting specific credit inmid-1943 for some reason.)

      An absolute brute in the air, he was a gaunt, giant of a man, towering over his peers. He fought mostly from land bases around Rabaul, scoring most of his victories split between New Guinea and the Solomons.

      As I recall he escorted the first kamikaze strike on 25 OCT 44 which took out the St Lo.

      Ironically he was killed the next day as a passenger aboard a transport bomber which was shot down over the Philippines.
      “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
      Mark Twain

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      • #18
        Correct. Like Pat Pattle, unofficial records put his final total at 147. He was given the title "Bukai-in Kohan Giko Kyoshi". "In the ocean of the military, reflective of all distinguished pilots, an honored Buddhist person.".

        Years age in the model community it was commonly held that the photos showed poor paint adhesion. That the green paint flaked off. Only after looking at wrecks and reading Japanese records was it realized that the green was a hasty spray paint over the IJN Gray. Something still used. People trying to make color assumptions out of black and white photos

        This is the Tamiya model
        Last edited by Gun Grape; 05 Apr 21,, 17:55.

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        • #19
          OK next one. Easy Peasy. Looking at the photo, I didn't notice the prop had pushed out till after the photo. Click image for larger version

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          • #20
            My getting Nishizawa owes a tip of the hat to reading and rereading a crap ton of Martin Caiden growing up!
            “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
            Mark Twain

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
              OK next one. Easy Peasy. Looking at the photo, I didn't notice the prop had pushed out till after the photo. Click image for larger version

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              Wow I thought this one would be IDed quick.

              Cripes a Mighty 3rd

              The top P-51 Ace Major George Preddy with 26 confirmed kills. He was shot down by friendly AA guns while chasing a FW-190s Dec 25th 1944

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              • #22
                This one very easy Click image for larger version

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                • #23
                  Heck the name on the plane, a rarity, does give it away.

                  McCampbell

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                  • #24
                    Yep, David McCampbell, Top US Navy Ace and top F6F Ace with 34 confirmed kills

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                    • #25
                      Another one. This scheme is what the plane looks like in the museum. When the pilot flew it in combat the kill board and medals were not present
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                      • #26
                        Ivan Kozhedub's La-5?

                        “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                        Mark Twain

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                        • #27
                          Actually his LA-7.

                          The differences between the 2 are internal. Replaced some wood spars and structure with metal..

                          Leading Russian Ace with 62 Kills.

                          He would later command the 324th IAD flying MIG-15s in the Korean War

                          This was the Eduard kit. One of their older ones so not a shake and bake model

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                          • #28
                            Only 4 models left.

                            The pilot of this plane was pretty controversial
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                            • #29
                              Maybe our Australian friends will have an easier time getting an ID on the pilot

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                              • #30
                                Last hint. Not only a Killer but part of a mutiny

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