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Nakajima B5N2 Kate, Hiryu (flagship), Third Attack Wave, Commander's Aircraft, "Battle of Midway", June 4/5, 1942
Air Power Series. Hobby Master just keeps coming back like a song, one lovely tune after another. This is another melodious beauty, with great colors and assembly. However, I noticed several spots where glue was smeared or spattered on the upper surfaces -- a real no-no in my book. Of course, this problem probably occurs only occasionally, so you pays your money and you takes your chances.

Musical seats. Getting those little pilots into their appointed positions (with the accompanying squabble about who is going to be "pilot"), is a real chore. The chore is complicated by having to put sticky clay under each of their little bottoms to elevate their heads above the level of the cockpit rim. Not fun. Somehow, HM has got to pay more attention to the pilot/seat fit and finish. Having said that, HM is to be praised to the sky for supplying the pilots with the model, and for offering packaged pilots (of which I've so far bought two). As to the pilots, the worst one of the little dears was the gunner, and the best I could do was get him (obviously, the Japanese had no female combat crew) into a semi-reclining position, wherein he remained throughout the shooting session, oblivious to the lights, camera and inaction.

A piece of the action. If you haven't yet, get yourself a history of the Battle of Midway. This was one of the key battles of the Pacific War (and there were probably four, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, and Leyte Gulf), and can be a rewarding study in planning, tactics, and courage, and well worth the study. May I recommend Gordon Prang's Miracle at Midway, though there are many other good accounts.
Type Torpedo/Bomber
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