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Airfix A02014V 1:72 Aichi D3A1 'Val' - Vintage Classics

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In the months which preceded the start of the Second World War, the Imperial Japanese Navy were arguably the best equipped force of their kind in the world, especially when it came to the carrier-borne aircraft they could call upon. In addition to the exceptional Mitsubishi Zero fighter, the Japanese Navy also possessed the Aichi D3A1 '˜Val'™ dive bomber, an extremely rugged aircraft which was ideally suited to the rigors of flight operations at sea and one which was agile enough to defend itself once it had delivered its deadly payload. With the capabilities of its aircraft coming as an unwelcome surprise to Allied military planners in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, the well trained crews of '˜Val'™ dive bomber units would take a heavy toll of Allied warships over the coming months, posting incredible bombing accuracy statistics which were approaching 90 percent hit rates. With around 129 Aichi D4A1'˜Val'™s'™ taking part in the two Pearl Harbor strike raids, many of the aircraft were sent to target the several American airfields on the Island of Oahu, using precision strikes to ensure as many US aircraft were destroyed before they could take to the air, thus minimising potential losses to the aircraft assigned to attack '˜Battleship Row'™. Unfortunately for Val crews, their period of dominance in the Pacific would only last a few short months, as increasingly accurate anti-aircraft fire and more capable Allied fighters soon relegated this once feared bomber to secondary duties and kamikaze missions.


A02014V 'Aichi D3A1 'Val' based abroad carrier Akagi, Pearl Harbor Operation December 7th 1941

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Graham O.
New Zealand New Zealand

VAL dive bomber

Although it is a vintage reproduction I was a little disappointed with some parts being deformed or missing. The main culprit was the canopy having thick framing & extra rows of frame not true to life. Also had to remake the bomb sight as not having been a fully formed piece to mount plus making a hook for the arrester hook that was completely missing. The main undercarriage wheels were too fat to sit within the fairings & took a bit of sanding down. The pilots sit on a basic seat & in turn sit on some pegs within the fuselage halves. There is no cockpit as such. Overall a very basic model to assemble with not many parts or decals.

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