Thursday 13 December 2012

Kawanishi E7K1 "Alf"

A dramatic photo, from a vintage October 1939 magazine, of a Kawanishi E7K1 hoisted on the water. Note the 2-tone camouflage on the upper surfaces.
Any ideas about the ship?

gmmk11 suggested that the ship could be the Heavy Cruiser Chokai or Maya of the Takao Class and provided a link to an interesting message board
So here's a photo of Chokai from a vintage publication around 1934.


D. Chouinard said...

Ah, very nice!

Another favorite of nine.
I think the guy in the bucket, for lack of a better term, is interesting. It also looks like one of the aircraft crew members is attending to the attachment points on the aircraft.
I have no ideas about the ship, however.
I would love to see a large scale kit of this aircraft, but I don't see it coming any time soon....

Hope to see more!


gmmk11 said...

I think that ship may be 'maya' or 'chokai'

here is a photo late 1930's Chokai

Jean barby said...

Great picture with a lot of action! Concerning the ship, the crane is typical of the IJN cruisers, and I will bet on a Sendai class one after the acquisition of the Kure Type 2 Model 3 catapult, in 1941.