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A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:23 am

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All photos added now.
Eeerily the photo above which is the last one I took, is the 1941'st photo taken by my camera.
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Re: A6M3 Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:36 pm

First of all I must say a great big thank you to Auckland War Memorial Museum and Max for letting me get up close to their A6M3 Type 22 Zero.
This was done outside of normal opening hours, and required requiring the switching off of alarms and unlocking of the barrier, so the Zero's curator could of simply turned around and said no, to my request.

All the info about the Museums Zero can be found here: http://mitsubishi_zero.tripod.com/index.htm

I have numbered each photo, so if you want a copy of a pic or two or.....!, PM me and I'll email them to you.
The photos are Jpeg conversions of the RAW files straight of the camera to get maximum detail in, so you can see the edges of the sensor in some of the photos.

Note that this a different Zero type to 'ours' with a larger and heavier Sakae 21 engine.
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:06 pm

Starboard undercarriage:

Note the glimmer of the original Aotake, under the more recent paintwork

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Re: A6M3 Zero reference photos -more added 12/07

Postby morrigan » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:39 pm

Starboard wing details:



Inlet on leading edge:
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Underside looking towards center section:
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Overview of Control surfaces:
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Aileron trim tab:
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Flap inner details:
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Aileron linkage:
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Aileron detail at the outboard end, note the angled cut out:
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Wingtip light - both wingtips were right against the wall so a head on shot was impossible!:
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wing fold detail:
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Note the raised panel is a repair, rather than an access panel:
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby steve131 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:19 pm

Brilliant photos, well lucky to get that close, my father got to go inside the Memphis Bell with his camera. :clap:
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby Mark » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:24 am

Lovely photos Morrigan, and a lovely opportunity to get up close to a lovely aircraft. I feel I may well be encouraged to buy the Tamiya 1/32 scale kit........
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby baby_astons » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:56 am

great pictures morrigan!
everyone doing a smoothy model should be punished - the originals were such a grubby slap-together, they flew by miracle :D
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby Mark » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:57 pm

It does look like it had a hard life ! However, hold a 1/32 scale model in front of you, and walk backwards until the model and real plane look the same size. Then see if you can see any rivets or dented panels. I bet the detail on the model is a lot more conspicuous than the real aircraft !
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby casper » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:57 pm

great set of photos morrigan :)
rare opportunity to get up close
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:39 pm

Next batch of photos folks :D
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:45 pm

Rear fuselage and tail

View of rear fuselage and Hinomaru:
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Close up of the Hinomaru:
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Top view of starboard stabiliser:
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Vertical fin:
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Tailcone:
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Upper vertical fin trailing edge and rudder:
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Rudder hinge:
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Tail wheel:
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Elevator and trim tab undersides:
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View looking forward:
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Rear position light, the bulb and the clear cover are missing:
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Vertical fin surface detail:
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Left side of the rear fuselage and data plate:
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Close up of the data plate:
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Close up of the stencil under the left stabiliser:
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby farrabass » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:24 am

Fabulous and informative pictures there madam!!
I have read observations and opinions on another site giving individual preferences for colour definition/strength etc' for want of a better description?
As is so often the case a picture paints a thousand words! The small amount of Aotake blue that can be seen in those photos is so vivid even after more than half a century of wear/tear/and repainting!!! Makes you wonder how vivid a fresh from the production line craft must have looked???
I just hope that those modellers building this kit have the good sense to take advantage of these very good photos to help with the colouration of their own builds.
All good stuff, maybe we can expect an update on your own build soon???
Thanks for showing the photos, Steve.. :clap: :clap: :clap:
And a "K" is yours for the fabulous photos........................................
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:46 pm

Thanks for the K Farrabass.
I was quite surprised how vivid Aotake is in the flesh! It almost looks likes a colour that belongs on a hot rod rather than a war bird.
I'm also quite pleased it seems to closely match the Gunze Aotake colour I'm using .
So once I've pored over my photos I can get back to work on the Zero. :D
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:26 pm

Port wing

Wing root and forward fuselage:
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Flap and upper wing surface:
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Stencil detail - I presume this is something along the lines of 'Step here'
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Fuselage detail - the oval access panel covers the oxygen system filler port and pressure gauge, also note the step that is semi extended:
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Outer wing panel:
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Fabric covering on aileron:
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The wing fold latch is in much better condition this side:
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Wing underside:
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Pitot tube:
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Forward wing root and exhaust:
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Port undercarriage - note that the wiring on this side escaped being painted over!:
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The tires are still original, complete with Japanese lettering:
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby baby_astons » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:36 pm

the rear tyre seems to be a solid rubber affair...
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:49 am

baby_astons wrote:the rear tyre seems to be a solid rubber affair...


You guessed right there BA - the tyre for the tailwheel is solid rubber, OK for carrier decks bot not so good for rough air fields!
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:12 am

Cowling details

Note that the Type 22 has the carburetor intake at the top of the cowling, compared to a the lower mounted intake of the type 21

Cowling fasteners:
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Slots in the fuselage
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Undersides

Oil cooler:
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Cooling gills:
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Looking towards the tail:
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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby morrigan » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:43 pm

And one last tour round the Zero.

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Re: A6m Zero reference photos

Postby steve131 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:33 pm

That was a great very informative tour, good to see the skin is dented like B A says it will be so your model Stuka for me if ever it comes will look authentic. K awarded. :clap:
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