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Old 06-13-2010, 07:45 PM
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An excellent build of a beautiful aircraft, Chris. I'd like to build this one myself some day.

I appreciate Shinji's earlier translation of the Hokoku (patriotic presentation) markings. The aircraft was of the 14th Naval Air Group (Kaigun Kokutai), which, according to Ikukiko Hata and Yasuho Izawa's Japanese Naval Aces and Fighter Units in World War II, was a composite group of fighters, bombers, and attack planes during the time it served in China with Type 96 A5M fighters (it began re-equipping with Zero Fighters in late 1940). I wonder if anyone has any other information about Aircraft 9-158 (Hokoku 298).

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