A panel from an April 1943 Mitsubishi Zero A6M3, Model 22, S/N 3618, tail number -133

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Just to set the record straight, we are not the ones selling this panel or any other item, nor condoning such activities.

This was found on ebay and the sole purpose of this post is to save at least the photos of this rare item, before it gets lost in a private collection.

A panel from an April 1943 Mitsubishi Zero A6M3, Model 22, S/N 3618, tail number -133, owned by a seller on ebay, belonged to the Model 22, the version with the folding wing tips for carrier duty.

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This panel is from the port horizontal stabilizer, lower surface. This is the main center panel that shows the stenciled identification serial number applied at the Mitsubishi factory.

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This Zero was found in the 1960’s at Buin Japanese Airfield at the north end of the Solomon Islands (the ‘Solomon Slot’).

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vintagequalityparts also has additional information and history of this piece since he was present at the time the horizontal and vertical stabilizers were disassembled.

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The panel is uncut. It has some battle damage from bullets and shrapnel.

It has the original IJN gray/green paint (IJN code ‘J3’) with original red primer showing in places. It has original green aotake paint on the back.

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The panel exhibits some variations in surface color.

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It’s believed that these variations are due to the presence/absence of the clear (amber-tinted) varnish that was applied over the gray paint by Mitsubishi in order to deter corrosion.

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This panel has multiple scratches, abrasions, and wear, and this further adds to the variations in surface color.

Just to set the record straight, we are not the ones selling this panel or any other item, nor condoning such activities.

This was found on ebay and the sole purpose of this post is to save at least the photos of this rare item, before it gets lost in a private collection.