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Mr. Harada's Lake Kawaguchi Air Park

This is the first showing of Mr. Harada's Air Park with the completed restoration of an A6M5 Reisen "Zero" and the rear fuselage section of a G4M "Betty". The aircraft are in an old hanger/workshop that makes photography quite difficult. There are very bright spotlights and an open section of windows along one side of the building. These windows cause a lot of lighting problems as you will see from the photographs. There were many dark corners and bright spots. However, with patience and a lot of pictures, I did manage to get some pretty good pictures of the aircraft anyway. I intend to do better next time I go there. I will NOT go near noon again, but much earlier or later in the afternoon when the light from the windows will not be as much of a factor. One really nice thing about this museum is its location. It is practically in the woods - there is no evidence of civilization in the vicinity. That is quite nice for a Minnesota guy like me.


A6M5 Zero - Page 1

This Zero is in VERY good condition, and is perhaps the best restored Zero in Japan. I have not seen any that beat it, but I have not seen ALL of the Zeros in Japan yet.

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