In response to correspondent Mark Smith's request in the comments made to Mark's A Whiter Shade of Pale article, Ernest Pazmany has very kindly shared these images of his superbly realised flight of fancy in presenting the classic Tamiya A6M2 in what-if Luftwaffe guise. Included here in addition is his imaginary and imaginative back story to the model. This theme was also the subject of an intriguing 2007 novel by Joh Sasaki - 'Zero Over Berlin', (Vertical Inc.) telling the tall tale of an epic and secret overland flight of the Mitsubishi fighter from Japan to Germany. A cartoon depicting a Luftwaffe Zero puzzling a Spitfire pilot also appeared in the October, 1978 issue of Koku-Fan magazine.
It is interesting to speculate how operation of the Zero might have changed Luftwaffe fortunes during the Battle of Britain, certainly providing longer combat time over Southern England and an ability to range further inland. Would a cadre of experienced Japanese naval pilot volunteers have also made a difference?
With very special thanks to Ernest for sharing these images of his model and his 'coffee stained, spurious' history of the 'Reisen in Luftwaffe Service'. Brilliant stuff!
Image credit: All model photos and service history © 2020 Ernest Pazmany; book cover © 2007 Joh Sasaki and Vertical Inc.,; Cartoon © 1978 Koku-Fan magazine.