Here's another unusual piece of history you can model.
In 1943, in the CBI theater of
operations, a C-47 was on a mission of resupply to some forward-based
troops - I can't recall if it was an air-drop or not, but it involved
flying low among some very rough terrain.
A small flight of C-47s over Burma - this is what the Smack-Down C-47 would have looked like
While not a CBI photo, it gives useful modeling details re: a C-47 in flight
Burma was rugged country, then and now. This shot is "true" to the colors of the area, and the aircraft marking colors used at the time
The aircraft was
intercepted by a Ki-43 (the Oscar), a Zero look-alike that was even more
maneuverable, but noticeably less well-armed than the Zero, with just
two 12.7 mm machine guns (the Japanese version of the .50 caliber).
Still, that firepower should have been more than enough to give a Gooney
Anyway, the heavily loaded C-47 went down in the
weeds in very rough and "vertical" country, with the Ki-43 doing its
best to nail the American. After one pass from above and behind, the
Ki-43 pulled below the C-47 ... and the American pilot, with perhaps
more balls than brains (but hey, this was a VERY desperate man), dove
toward the ground, forcing the Ki-43 to go lower ... it was a smack-down
worthy of the WWF - Smack-Down, right into the ground. It counted as a
kill, even though it wasn't a "shoot-down," since the C-47 was, of
This incident is shown on the cover of Osprey's
book about the C-47 in the CBI and Pacific, and on the inside cover, the
full story is told in greater detail.
Nothing about the Ki-43
markings, but assume they were standard for mid-1943/CBI and you can't
be too far wrong. http://www.ospreypublishing.com/store/C ... 1846030468
my ongoing and seemingly never-ending novel (the draft is now right at
2,900 pages - think a Web Griffith "series" of novels) about the air war
in the Pacific in the first year after Pearl Harbor, I'm trying to make
all my aerial combat scenes as realistic as possible - and as
historically accurate as possible, too.
So, having learned about
this C-47 "put-down" of the Ki-43, I adapted the actual incident to
Guadalcanal, and transformed the Ki-43 into an A6M2 Zero - but
otherwise, made it the same story as actually happened a year later in
the CBI. I've published it as an eBook on Amazon, in case anyone's
interested ... http://www.amazon.com/Gooney-One-Nothin ... ar+pacific
either modeling the novel or modeling the actual CBI smack-down, this
would make a great aerial diorama, especially with the new Airfix C-47
(I just read a review of it in Airfix Magazine, and it looks sweet, with
only some Matchbox-like panel lines to detract from it) and the also
new-tool Airfix Zero (or the relatively new Tamiya Zero). There are
also several good Ki-43 kits in that scale, so take your pick. Those are
all in 1/72 - you could also do it in 1/144, as all the aircraft are
available in decent kits for that scale - can't imagine doing it in
1/48th, though the kits are available.