A6M3 Mod. 32 Zero Relic Display 10 x 13 - Rare Original Early War Gray Paint!
Very rare Japanese Navy A6M3 Model 32 Zero (Hamp) original aircraft fragment in display with original art of this specific aircraft by Ron Cole.10 x 13 display with 1" x 1" wheel well panel fragment with scarce early war 'Pearl Harbor gray' original gloss paint on one side and the uniquely Japanese WWII 'Aotake' primer green on the other! This paint was protected inside the wheel well of this aircraft until its recovery in 1992, and was not subjected to the soil or direct sunlight.I've had a few of these to sell in recent months and sold out, but I have a few more based upon a small section of aluminum that I found with a perfectly preserved area of this original paint.
This aircraft (serial number 3145) was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in September 1942. It was one of only 343 built. It was assigned to the 252nd Air Group (Kokutai) and deployed to Taroa in the Marshall islands, and was likely flown in combat by pilot ace Isamu Miyazaki. When Miyazaki was asked shortly before his death if he ever flew this specific Zero while based at Taroa (tail code S-112), he said, "Almost certainly". This was a very rare sponsored aircraft, paid for by the Manchurian Secondary Schools and given to the Japanese Navy (note the fuselage markings aft of the hinomaru).In April 1943, the 252nd, and possibly this specific aircraft, intercepted and badly damaged Lt. Louis Zamperini's B-24D bomber. This action is described in the best selling book 'Unbroken', being released as a major Hollywood film in 2014.Read more about Isamu Miyazaki and this specific aircraft: https://www.facebook.com/notes/legend-flyers/isamu-miyazaki-a-last-zero-pilot-on-taroa-island/528631540486620
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