Description: - Plane: A6M2 (Zero) Model 21 - Pilot: Saburo Sakai, Petty Officer 1/c, IJNAF - Began flying: Late 1939 - Early 1940 (Chinese Theater)
Features: - Colors are sampled directly from the Mitsubishi/Nakajima factory finishes catalogs, 1939-1945 - Plane features polished aluminum prop and blades - Metallic blue wheel wells and wheel frames/braces - Vented MG's - Prop blur is correct for the propeller stripes - Identification plate added to fusalage - LOD and Wreckage .dds files included
Changes: - Original flight number on the tail was V-103...had to change it due to the mirror effect. - I was unable to document what was written on the tail of the original aircraft, so I wrote Saburo's name in Hiragana...which is in reverse on the right side, thanks to the mirror effect. - Identification plate should only be on the left-hand side of the plane...again, the mirror effect. - The propellers would have had a black, anti-glare finish applied to the back, but this was impossible with the game model
Saburo Sakai is the most famous Japanese pilot and was one of the few high scorers to survive the war. His total of 64 victories puts him in fourth place (after Warrant Officer Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, 113 victories, Lt. Tetsuzo Iwamoto, 80, and Petty Officer 1st Class Shoichi Sugita, 70). He first flew in China with the Imperial Japanese Navy, where he gained two victories, and joined the land-based naval wing at Tainan. His plane was seen in almost all the major Pacific Theater battles, and will go well with any map. I hope I did Mr. Sakai justice with this skin, and I hope you enjoy it :)
Installation: - If you are not using the Merciless Creations Texture Pack, you will have to extract your texture.rfa file and manually include the .dds files in this release. If you are using MC, simply copy these .dds files to the Map folder you wish to use this plane in.
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