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Peter's Wirraway V Ki-43-I Oscar

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Peter's Wirraway V Ki-43-I Oscar

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Ok, I haven't technically started building the Wirraway prior to the start date of the GB but I did start making the pieces to make the master for casting in a mold prior to the start!
First casting and assembly started from Saturday.
It really is hard to take pictures of very White subjects! And the macro doesn't help either! :shock:
Now that the excuses are out of the way 8-) I have assembled the fuselage and wing and they come together beautifully and no need for any filler. The ribbing on the fuselage does have some flaws but these are reduced with a little sanding and will further be hidden by paint and decals (I hope).
It really DOES look like a Wirraway, especially with the rounded wing tips and rudder!

Colours will be standard RAAF Foliage Green and Earth Brown over Sky Blue.

pictures to follow
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Needless to say, Peter, I will be making regular visit to THIS thread! ;)
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Sounds like great progress. Really really looking forwards to some pics of this :D

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Well here is the first casting;
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wings just placed in position and not glued at this stage.
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Re: Peter's Wirraway V Zero

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That's a nice project, fabricating a new mold and all, and an interesting choice of adversaries.
I had to read up on the Wirraway to learn about its development and distinctions from the Texan, and its combat record.
Very interesting bit of history as well as model making.Image

The writer of the wiki was a bit of a wry wit, he says "On 12 December [1942], Pilot Officer J. S. Archer shot down a Japanese A6M Zero after he spotted it 1000 feet below him and dived on it, opening fire and sending the Zero hurtling into the sea. This was the only occasion that a Wirraway shot down another aircraft (and is one more than the total of aircraft shot down by its fighter offspring, the Boomerang)."

What is known about the Zero that was thus downed by a Wirraway? Or do you have another engagement in mind?

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Re: Peter's Wirraway V Ki-43-I Oscar

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"Mission History
On December 26, 1942 A20-103 took off from 12 Mile Drome (Berry) near Port Moresby piloted by P/O John S. Archer and crew SGT J. L. Convulsion on a tactical reconnaissance mission over a Japanese ship wrecked off Gona [Ayutosen Maru]. Over the target, this Wirraway spotted a Japanese fighter 1,000' below, incorrectly identified by them as a "Zero". In fact, this was Ki-43-I Oscar piloted by W/O Tadashi Yoshitake. Taking advantage of their higher altitude, Archer dived down onto fighter firing a long burst with his two Browning .303 inch guns and as he pulled away the enemy aircraft was seen to crash into the sea. This was the only time a Wirraway made a confirmed kill against an enemy fighter."
"After the crash, Australian Army troops reached the crash site and recovered the body of the pilot and intelligence material from the cockpit. Presumably, the pilot's body was buried at the Japanese cemetery at Gona."
"Enemy aircraft History:
Built by Nakajima. Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 11th Sentai. No known markings or tail code."
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Re: Peter's Wirraway V Ki-43-I Oscar

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a ha ! even better! It is a work in progress in more than one way! :ugeek:

The wiki may need to be amended. I wonder though, about the soldier named Convulsion, is that a real surname in Oz? :)
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Re: Peter's Wirraway V Ki-43-I Oscar

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hang on..
If it were a Ki43 Oscar.... that is an Army aircraft.... rather than naval...

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wonder though, about the soldier named Convulsion, is that a real surname in Oz
Not sure where you found this information?
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Yes Wege, that is what the report said as well.
" Assigned to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 11th Sentai. No known markings or tail code."

So now I need to find a suitable Oscar to build with markings of the 11th Sentai!
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Peter

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