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PostIcon Posted on: Jan. 07 2003,12:15  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Aloha All,
A message posting series was made at: astroboy in which the kanji characters were determined for the stencil applied to the cowling of BII-120, the Zero that crash landed at Niihau Island during the Pearl Harbor Attack. This hand applied "stencil" was painted on many, but no where near all, Zero fighters.

stencil photo Photo of kanji on cowling  Motofumi Fukudomi's artwork

Mr Hideaki Fujii [with Mr Kinichi Kimoto] was able to determine the characters used and made the Kanji and translation

The study also suggests that this same style stencil was used on many B5N "Kate", and probably not the D3A "Val". See:

AI-316

BII-307

EII-307

Another style seen on D3A is much taller. It has eight information lines. This is seen on AII-256 and on BII-214

Hard to see...EI-208 has the same style as BII-214:

The first few lines of Kanji on the cowl of AII-256:
月 日調  Month Year
燃料         Fuel (on the left of the block) then the three lines on the right are:
燃 右翼     Right Wing
胴体         Fuselage
料 左翼      Left Wing
The next few lines are:
滑油       Oil
搭載量     Load
機付員     Mechanic
整長      Crew Chief

Hope this helps,


Edited by David Aiken on Feb. 21 2011,5:18

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Aloha David!
Just when I thought it was safe to get back in the water...

I did a quick tour through my japanese Pearl Harbor Aircraft kits and aftermarket decals and save one model (which has a different version) they're all lacking any stencils. Interestingly, they have cut outs in some areas (the vertical empenage stripes) for them in some kits but not the stencils themselves.

The good news I guess is that we have really good shots of the BII-120's stencil for comparison of the more blurry images.

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TINY stencils on D3A fuselage/wings at BII-214 details Note that Masa and I placed the marks on a silvery gray aircraft...to highlight the markings...as there are two different colors applied to the D3A.

Thus you should be aware of the scheme which you are doing in miniature!

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