Pic's of the Tabby ?

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  1. ccheese

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    Does anyone have pic's of the Japanese version of the DC-3, known as the
    Tabby ? I want to build a DC-3 and convert it to the Japanese transport.
    I'm looking for pic's showing unit markings, color schemes, etc.

    Thanks.....

    Charles
     
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    Some quick finds.
     

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    Thanks, Gnomey.... I can't go to those sites from the work computer. I'll
    check them out tonight.

    Also, thanks, Wojtek. They look pretty good. Anyone else ??

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    Hi Charles,

    I guess first a little history as Im not sure if all those pictures are DC-3's without closer inspection but more likely to be a combinaton of Dc-2's and Dd-3's with a mixture of engines. Japan only aquired 13 DC-3's with Cyclone engines and aquired another 7 Dc-3's with Twin Wasp engines before the war started but they also aquire a license for $80,000 to buld the Dc-2's. So far records show that they built only six Dc-2 so the total aircraft would only be 24 between the DC-3 and DC-2. The first Dc-2 was built with two wright Cyclone SGR-1820-F-2's and later re-engined with the SGR-1820-F52.

    The DC-2 was erroneously thought to be used wide spread by the Japanese Navy and given the code name Tess.

    I think if I where you I would find out the differences between the DC-3 and the DC-2. Should be a quick start for you and will see what else I can dig up.
     
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    Nice Paul.:D
     
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    Rod's warbirds site is a great resource. Here is the link to his Tabby pictures:

    Rod's WarBirds

    Here is the main link to his site, which covers, Japanese, German and Italian aircraft.
    Rod's WarBirds
     
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    Thanks, Eric....

    Thanks, Paul. I will definately look into this. I thought there was much more
    use of the "Tabby" by the Japanese, than you indicate.

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    I found this about the Tabby:

    Between the years of 1939 to 1945, the Japanese are reported to have manufactured 487 L2D variants. The L2D is the Japanese specification for the DC-3 and DC-2. Built in two factories: Showa Hikoki, Koygo and Nakajima Hikoki, 416 were produced in Showa Hikoki. The Japanese L2D DC-3 variant was nicknamed "Tabby".

    The First Japanese DC-3 was produced in September of 1939. The Japanese purchased manufacturing rights from Douglas on February 24th of 1938 for the sum of $90,000. Unkown to the US, was that this purchase was made under the direction of the Imperial Japanese Navy for use as a military transport. The L2D variants were fitted with a variety of Kinsei Engines ranging from (models 43 to 62) 1000hp, 1350hp and to 1560hp on the later wooden models.

    Found more good info here, too: Douglas L2D

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    Interesting Charles,

    I found this varient though no pictures yet that might make for an interesting model.

    L2D4 and L2D4-1 were personnel and cargo transports fitted with a dorsal turrent housing a flexible 13mm type 2 machine gun. Type 2 hand held 7.7mm Type 92 that could be fired from fuselage hatches. Designated Navy Type 0 transport model 32 though it remainded experimental.
     
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    ...of the wooden fuselage version in an aircraft graveyard at the end of the war in Gallagher's book "Broken Wings of the Samurai". Evidently it's a camera shy "bird" and was some what fabled. I would post picture if I had access to my books. :(
     
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