Courtesy of Jim Bates come these splendid views of the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 Zero. The scheme has attracted controversy. This is not because of the overall amber-tinted grey base colour which is held to be close to the original but because of the representation of the field-applied camouflage green - 'tiger stripe', 'snake weave', 'palm frond' etc., scheme. This has been commented on as too contrived and unrealistic. Not having seen a real A6M3 in this camouflage but going only by (some) distant, grainy, monochrome wartime shots I wouldn't want to judge. From these photos, especially the taxiing away shot, I think it doesn't look so bad and perhaps it will mellow with use. For me the most illusion destroying aspect is the pilot's ridiculous headgear - yeah, I know, health & safety etc., etc. But if I was privileged to fly this warbird I think I might want to emulate the anti-sartorial rakishness of a real IJN pilot, white silk scarf a-billowing and furry ear flaps flapping in the slipstream!
The aircraft also features briefly in the latest edition of Aeroplane magazine (August 2012) where it is being touted as representing a 'field-modified two seater' but also, interestingly, the base colour is referred to as 'caramel-grey-green'. Maybe the Zero colour tide is slowly turning. Another interesting aspect is how different the colour appears in various photographs and, one suspects, in real life under different forms of illumination.
Image credits:- © 2012 Jim Bates, with thanks.