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WW II IJN Float Plane models

18 July 2016
Mitsubishi F1M2 Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane (Allied code name Pete) model—Joseph May/ Travel for Aircraft

Mitsubishi F1M2 Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane (Allied code name Pete) model (note that yellow livery indicates a training aircraft)—Joseph May/ Travel for Aircraft

Mitsubishi F1M2 Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane (Allied code name Pete) model—Joseph May/ Travel for Aircraft

Mitsubishi F1M2 Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane (Allied code name Pete) model—Joseph May/ Travel for Aircraft

The WW II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) plan for controlling the western Pacific Ocean—with its vast expanses of water as well innumerable islands—included long-range strikes and night combat with reconnaissance (as always) the key to success. The IJN did not have logistical or building techniques for rapid airstrip or airfield construction hence the IJN’s impetus to have so many flying boats and float plane designs.

Unfortunately for historians, as well as the historically interested, few if any of these aircraft survived the war. In these images we thank model kit manufacturers and model kit builders for bringing these aircraft to life in three dimensions. Their skill in eliminating imperfections as well as weathering effects enable the rest of us to view that which can no longer be seen.

Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (allied code name Rex) model—Joseph May/ Travel for Aircraft

Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Allied code name Rex) model—Joseph May/ Travel for Aircraft

These models, and many more of this superior quality, are displayed at the Wings Over Miami Museum.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 July 2016 07:24

    Are these models on public display?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 July 2016 07:31

      Yes they are Steve and apologies for not placing the link into the post–but it is there now and thanks again. The models and many more are displayed in the Wings Over Miami Museum at http://www.wingsovermiami.com

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