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Posted: 5/13/2022 8:32:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Goodn]
I have posted some cool photos of some of his toys while visiting with him and his wife in the past.  Its time for another road trip soon me thinks.  


Seems Ron bought himself an A6M3 Zero to toodle around in.  

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Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:34:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: flyhack72] [#1]




Very cool
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:34:17 PM EDT
[#2]
Neat. Got to see one at an air show once.

I remember thinking. "This is not enough plane for me to be comfortable flying it."
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:37:05 PM EDT
[#3]
Impressive.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:38:33 PM EDT
[#4]
That's awesome
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:39:48 PM EDT
[#5]
Is that an actual zero or one of the converted T6’s that CAF uses
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:40:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ttushooter:
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That is a Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:41:16 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Is that an actual zero or one of the converted T6’s that CAF uses
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That looks like the real deal
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:41:23 PM EDT
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Cool! When I took this picture, this was the only flying one in existence. Mid '80's Chino CA., planes of fame airshow.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:42:31 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By cyclone:

That looks like the real deal
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Originally Posted By cyclone:
Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Is that an actual zero or one of the converted T6’s that CAF uses

That looks like the real deal

A6M3 Zero c/n 3858  N553TT
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:42:59 PM EDT
[#10]
OP is correct
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:43:13 PM EDT
[#11]
Damn. Now that’s a kick ass purchase.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:43:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: davidb1982] [#12]
Never mind. Poor taste.

ETA: That’s awesome. I’d love to fly that.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:45:05 PM EDT
[#13]
Nice plane
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:49:03 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:50:35 PM EDT
[#15]
Was there a dealer markup on that?
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:50:59 PM EDT
[#16]
Okay... that's awesome.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:53:30 PM EDT
[#17]
Wow, that is awesome!
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:53:34 PM EDT
[#18]
Like, a real one?

Not a T-6 modified one?
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:54:10 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AR15A2SporterII:
Cool! When I took this picture, this was the only flying one in existence. Mid '80's Chino CA., planes of fame airshow. https://i.postimg.cc/9XGSg0Yd/IMG-20160301-165622.jpg
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 I own a tiny shard of that plane. I just thought it would be neat to own a small piece of a Zero and it was cheap from the museum.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:54:18 PM EDT
[#20]
Looks like a big fella squeezed in there.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:54:25 PM EDT
[#21]
AWESOME!
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:54:41 PM EDT
[#22]
That is awesome!    Where is that “poors” thread.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:55:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Low_Country:
Like, a real one?

Not a T-6 modified one?
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Looks like the real deal.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:55:45 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Low_Country:
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Not a T-6 modified one?
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A real one...


I will give him a call tomorrow and bug him about the details and see what engine is in it.   Knowing Ron it is as close to original as he can get.  He is a stickler for details.  

I am not sure if there are many Sakae engines alive today.  As of now...  I know of one.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 8:58:58 PM EDT
[#25]
Very nice!
It seems there are still people with some money out there.
One of my friends just bought a Staggerwing, here's a pic of it in our hangar.

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Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:04:42 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Very nice!
It seems there are still people with some money out there.
One of my friends just bought a Staggerwing, here's a pic of it in our hangar.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/20962/Staggerwing_jpg-2382971.JPG
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Staggerwings are beautiful  

Some pics I took of ones that showed up at a little fly in was invited to.  





Got to meet with and hang out with Chris Runge there too. He builds beautiful cars.
He asked me to take a few pics.  One of the pilots offered his assistance in the photo shoot.  



Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:09:08 PM EDT
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Staggerwings are beautiful  

Some pics I took of ones that showed up at a little fly in was invited to.  

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656202818_bca7fb9652_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656185973_9ca5693dca_k.jpg


Got to meet with and hang out with Chris Runge there too. He builds beautiful cars.
He asked me to take a few pics.  One of the pilots offered his assistance in the photo shoot.  
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655327123_f2001ad1ea_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655354373_a8e4c91e5d_k.jpg

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Originally Posted By Goodn:
Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Very nice!
It seems there are still people with some money out there.
One of my friends just bought a Staggerwing, here's a pic of it in our hangar.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/20962/Staggerwing_jpg-2382971.JPG



Staggerwings are beautiful  

Some pics I took of ones that showed up at a little fly in was invited to.  

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656202818_bca7fb9652_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656185973_9ca5693dca_k.jpg


Got to meet with and hang out with Chris Runge there too. He builds beautiful cars.
He asked me to take a few pics.  One of the pilots offered his assistance in the photo shoot.  
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655327123_f2001ad1ea_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655354373_a8e4c91e5d_k.jpg


I've seen these pix before.

Have you posted them here or have they been published?

Again, very cool
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:12:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By flyhack72:

I've seen these pix before.

Have you posted them here or have they been published?

Again, very cool
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Originally Posted By flyhack72:
Originally Posted By Goodn:
Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
Very nice!
It seems there are still people with some money out there.
One of my friends just bought a Staggerwing, here's a pic of it in our hangar.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/20962/Staggerwing_jpg-2382971.JPG



Staggerwings are beautiful  

Some pics I took of ones that showed up at a little fly in was invited to.  

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656202818_bca7fb9652_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656185973_9ca5693dca_k.jpg


Got to meet with and hang out with Chris Runge there too. He builds beautiful cars.
He asked me to take a few pics.  One of the pilots offered his assistance in the photo shoot.  
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655327123_f2001ad1ea_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655354373_a8e4c91e5d_k.jpg


I've seen these pix before.

Have you posted them here or have they been published?

Again, very cool



Chris Runges' Facebook and other socal media pages?  I know he had them on his Facebook page. He invited me to his farm and shop to get a tour and hang out,  But I lost his number when my phone got broke and then the Coof happened.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:12:58 PM EDT
[#29]
 P&W engine?  The only one that I recall with an original Sakei engine is the Planes of Fame. If you want to see some kick ass illustrations of WW2 fighters check out illustrator Rikyu Watanabe

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Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:13:48 PM EDT
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Decades ago, my uncle told me, WW2 vet, Pacific, that the Japanese Zero copied the design of the plane that Howard Hughes won a speed record with. I believe it was the plane he crash landed in the bean field in Orange County,Califonia….My father saw that, and rode his motorcycle up to the plane, as Hughes was standing next to it.

Uncle also stated that the Zero could out gun our planes, as the Zero was armed with 20mm cannon, while we used the 50 cal machine guns.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:14:29 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bluesx:

 P&W engine?  The only one that I recall with an original Sakei engine is the Planes of Fame. If you want to see some kick ass illustrations of WW2 fighters check out illustrator Rikyu Watanabe

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/274423/_-_9975162605324_140_jpg-2382986.JPG
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It was restored with a Pratt 1830-75.  Was sold with a Nakijima Sakae engine.  Knowing Ron,  That Nakajima is either in it or will be.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:16:02 PM EDT
[#32]
Dude buys a Zero and here I am eating chicken sticks off the roller at QT for dinner.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:20:28 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:22:44 PM EDT
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Dude buys a Zero and here I am eating chicken sticks off the roller at QT for dinner.
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I thought I was baller for even considering dropping $2500 on an MCX.

Then OP comes along with a story about friend making a Zero purchase for "fun".  I tip my hat to you, sir.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:27:29 PM EDT
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You’d see the wheel well bumps on the leading edge if it was a Texan mock-up to be a zero. ...and squarish wingtips.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:27:53 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Hesperus:
Neat. Got to see one at an air show once.

I remember thinking. "This is not enough plane for me to be comfortable flying it."
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I'm guessing it's about the most fun thing a pilot could fly.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:29:23 PM EDT
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I wonder if that was part of the Paul Allen collection.  Sadly his Flying Heritage Museum is being liquidated.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:30:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Goodn:



Staggerwings are beautiful  

Some pics I took of ones that showed up at a little fly in was invited to.  

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656202818_bca7fb9652_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656185973_9ca5693dca_k.jpg


Got to meet with and hang out with Chris Runge there too. He builds beautiful cars.
He asked me to take a few pics.  One of the pilots offered his assistance in the photo shoot.  
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655327123_f2001ad1ea_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655354373_a8e4c91e5d_k.jpg

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Meh...WAY more impressed w the car
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:31:55 PM EDT
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You’d see the wheel well bumps on the leading edge if it was a Texan mock-up to be a zero. ...and squarish wingtips.
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Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:
Originally Posted By ttushooter:
Is that an actual zero or one of the converted T6’s that CAF uses



You’d see the wheel well bumps on the leading edge if it was a Texan mock-up to be a zero. ...and squarish wingtips.



The whole thing is more squarish and larger.  The nose is the first give away on the Texan Zeros.    



Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:32:35 PM EDT
[#40]
Now that. Is. EPIC. The guy you know just flexed on every Lamborghini-owning peter-cheeks on the big, stupid, blue ball. As rich guys go, that fella is a man amongst boys.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:33:52 PM EDT
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Crazy!

I thought I heard once there was only one flying example left in existence?
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:33:57 PM EDT
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Meh...WAY more impressed w the car
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Originally Posted By Goodn:



Staggerwings are beautiful  

Some pics I took of ones that showed up at a little fly in was invited to.  

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656202818_bca7fb9652_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48656185973_9ca5693dca_k.jpg


Got to meet with and hang out with Chris Runge there too. He builds beautiful cars.
He asked me to take a few pics.  One of the pilots offered his assistance in the photo shoot.  
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655327123_f2001ad1ea_k.jpg
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48655354373_a8e4c91e5d_k.jpg



Meh...WAY more impressed w the car



Chris makes some beautiful hand made cars.  And it is Tiny!  

Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:36:25 PM EDT
[#43]
Cool as hell
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:37:30 PM EDT
[#44]
Nice...but a Jap Zero?  That's a bit un American to me...you know the "Pearl Harbor" start of US involvement of WWII.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:41:41 PM EDT
[#45]
Mustangs are definitely "cool", but almost "common" regarding WWII warbirds.

A real deal Flying Mitsubishi AM6 Zero??

BADASS!!!

BIGGER_HAMMER

Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:43:24 PM EDT
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Nice...but a Jap Zero?  That's a bit un American to me...you know the "Pearl Harbor" start of US involvement of WWII.
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LOL!  
You should see the rest of his collection.


P40's, P51's,  B25,  P38,  SNJ,  F6-F5 Hellcat,  FM2 wildcat,  Curtiss Helldiver.  And thats just a few fliers.

Then there is the projects..

Another P-40,  TBM,  T6,  B17, P39.

ETA:

Oh  and a lot of cool armor to go with it.  


Somewhere I have a pic of his radial powered Sherman.    
Murcia!  



Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:43:40 PM EDT
[#47]
OMG
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:44:13 PM EDT
[#48]
Another pic that a friend of mine had.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:45:08 PM EDT
[#49]
I was in Melbourne Fl a couple of weeks ago.

Went to the Valiant Warbird Museum. they have the only flyable P-82 Twin Mustang there.

It's for sale. No I didn't even ask.
Link Posted: 5/13/2022 9:45:59 PM EDT
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War vintage or built by Texas Airplane Factory?
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