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Offline Acree

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Peruvian A5M
« on: January 24, 2015, 05:10:38 PM »
This will be my next project in my World War II goes hot in Latin American scenario.  The two bottom profiles below depict the next model I will build.  I can't decide whether I want the enclosed cockpit or not.

The story: In order to secure a foothold in the Americas, Imperial Japan began taking an active interest in Peru in the early 1930s.  There were a large number of Japanese immigrants in Peru, and the Japanese government worked hard to develop close ties with the Peruvian government, even supporting Japanese-Peruvian political candidates at all levels.  The Japanese were interested in having safe harbors in the western hemisphere, securing strategic metals and petroleum, and, most of all, in creating a diversion and distraction from their activities in Asia.  They hoped to accomplish these goals with a minimal expenditure of resources and manpower.  As part of this effort, in the late summer of 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy transferred 18 Mitsubishi A5M4 fighters to the Cuerpo de Aeronautica del Peru (CAP) during a port visit to Callao by the carrier Soryu. The Soryu was to be re-equipped with A6Ms on return to Japan. 

By mid-1942, the limited spare parts available for the A5M4's Kotobuki engines were causing availability problems, so the CAP sent the aircraft to the Fábrica Nacional de Aviones Caproni Peruana for re-engining.  Caproni Peruana designed a new installation of the Fiat A.74 engine, this giving a significant increase in horsepower, but also a significant weight increase.  As a result, performance of the new modification was little changed, although pilots complained that maneuverability was decreased.  The newly modified aircraft were known in Peru as A5M5-P, although this was never recognized by the Japanese. 
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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 07:38:46 PM »
I like this!
The A5M has something that appeals to me very much, and the Peruvian scheme looks good on it.

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 02:40:17 AM »
I like! 

Lots of directions this scenario could take…especially if you introduce other Japanese equipment…hint, hint!
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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2015, 03:03:48 AM »
Thanks, guys!  The Soryu did drop off some B5N1s at the same time. I'm also planning some other Japanese equipment for Peru, as well as the Italian influence. Others will have greater German influence (e.g., I have an Ar 96 in the stash destined for Chile and converted for light attack). 

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2015, 03:57:32 AM »
Thanks, guys!  The Soryu did drop off some B5N1s at the same time. I'm also planning some other Japanese equipment for Peru, as well as the Italian influence. Others will have greater German influence (e.g., I have an Ar 96 in the stash destined for Chile and converted for light attack).

Oh yeah! :)
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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2015, 08:24:05 AM »
I like this! One of my favorite scenarios. Maybe some crappy Japanese tanks as well.

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2015, 10:50:06 AM »
One of the B5N1s which were transferred to the CAP at the same time as the A5Ms (see above)...

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2015, 05:35:42 PM »
Nice work!

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2015, 01:54:31 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2015, 02:01:53 AM »
I like this! One of my favorite scenarios. Maybe some crappy Japanese tanks as well.

I'm with you there.  Some japanese tanks such as the Type 97 ShinHoTo Chi-Ha instead of the LTPs they had in the real world.  I'm thinking the Ecuadorian–Peruvian War could take an interesting twist in this story.  Moreover, a significant Japanese presence in Peru especially if it included some naval platforms (say a cruiser and maybe some destroyers and submarines) would certainly complicate USN operations/plans.

Loving this whole thread and those profiles are great! :)
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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 04:53:10 PM »
Six Mitsubishi C5M2 long range reconnaissance aircraft were delivered to Peru aboard the Shigeno Maru in May, 1940.  After assembly and testing, they were assigned to 72 Escuadrilla de Informacion Terrestre at Chiclayo.  They were used to great affect in strategic reconnaissance missions over Ecuador and Colombia where their impressive speed kept them safe from interception until the arrival of more modern fighters in those nations in 1942.

Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2015, 01:10:49 AM »
Love your mods to the A5M!

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2015, 04:42:43 AM »
 :)
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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2015, 05:04:58 AM »
Any chance of a Peruvian Zero or Val?

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Re: Peruvian A5M
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2015, 12:23:17 PM »
Well, it's a definite possibility (especially the Zero), but I want to draw up a complete timeline for my scenario before I leap to any conclusions.