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Amon26
03-04-2005, 01:57 AM
I was watching the steven spielberg movie, Empire of the Sun lastnight, (a classic favorite of mine) and noticed all the Zeros weren't really zeros but some other plane made to look like a Zero. I figured if anyone would know it would be all the plane-crazy folks here.

..SO what you think?

PBNA-Boosher
03-04-2005, 05:24 AM
I believe it was a modified T-6 Texan.

JG53Frankyboy
03-04-2005, 08:21 AM
yep, close to all (actually i think all) in motion pictures visible (non computer animated) Zeros are modified T-6 Texan

http://www.geocities.com/saiwm/caf/caf.html

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Capt._Tenneal
03-04-2005, 08:39 AM
That is why we need the AT-6 to be on the list of future aircraft in PF or BOB. How can we recreate all these movies and TV shows like Black Sheep Squadron without the Texans standing in for Zeroes. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

wayno7777
03-04-2005, 09:23 AM
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Monson74
03-04-2005, 09:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Capt._Tenneal:
That is why, if we need the AT-6 to be on the list of future aircraft in PF or BOB. How can we recreate all these movies and TV shows like _Black Sheep Squadron_ without the Texans standing in for Zeroes. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

& tomorrow morning I'm having surgery so I get to look like Ben Affleck - so you just say when we're ready to shoot.

TAGERT.
03-04-2005, 09:38 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Amon26:
I was watching the steven spielberg movie, Empire of the Sun lastnight, (a classic favorite of mine) and noticed all the Zeros weren't really zeros but some other plane made to look like a Zero. I figured if anyone would know it would be all the plane-crazy folks here.

..SO what you think? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I belive they are the T6 Texans that were made back during the making of TORA TORA TORA.. And I think they used them on the TV show Bah Bah Black Sheep too? Alot of the modifed planes from TORA TORA TORA our out at Chino's planse of fame.

http://ipmslondon.tripod.com/museumreviews/id22.html

Chino also has the only flyable zero in the world that still has the orginal power plant.. The rest of the restored flying zeros (total of like 5 in the world?) have PW power plants.

If your ever in So. Cal I would highly recomend you stop by Chino.. They have planes there that even the Smithsoion would like to have.

ddsflyer
03-04-2005, 10:36 AM
Right on, TAGERT. I keep my Baron hangared at Chino and have visited the POF Museum several times. I also get treated to a mini airshow once in a while when they fly them to keep them in flyable condition. In addition they have an annual airshow either in May or October when they trot all of them out for a two-day airshow. You will see a razorback P-47, P-51A (Allison power), original Zero, F7F, F6F, F4F as well as all the more common warbirds. Best WWII airshow this side of the Confederate Air Force.

TAGERT.
03-04-2005, 11:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ddsflyer:
Right on, TAGERT. I keep my Baron hangared at Chino and have visited the POF Museum several times. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>KEWL!

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ddsflyer:
I also get treated to a mini airshow once in a while when they fly them to keep them in flyable condition. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Me too, I live over in NORCO, thus about ever Sat or Sun I will get to see a P51, or F6F, or B25, or some other WWII job fly over my house on his way down to San Diego for lucnh. It is about the only motivation I get to go mow the lawn.. In that I *might* get to see one! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ddsflyer:
In addition they have an annual airshow either in May or October when they trot all of them out for a two-day airshow. You will see a razorback P-47, P-51A (Allison power), original Zero, F7F, F6F, F4F as well as all the more common warbirds. Best WWII airshow this side of the Confederate Air Force. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>If not better! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Dont know if you knew this, but the FIRST SAT of EVERY MONTH they take one of the planes out of the musim and fly it for all that show up. You can get alot closer to the aircraft on those days than you can the big air show days! Usally about 10 to 20 people show up so it is alot easier to manage for them, thus they dont mind you doing a walk around up close.. At least until the fire it up! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I have had the pleasure of standing abut 10ft away from the likes of a P38 starting up (and many others) nothing like standing next to one of them old birds when the start up.

ddsflyer
03-04-2005, 02:19 PM
I didn't know that. One of my hangar buddies owns a T-28C and he lets me fly with him if I pay the gas bill. T-28C is the sweetest ride around, out climbs a Mustang handles like a dream, and lands easier than my Baron in spite of having 1400hp. Downside; that thing burns 120gph on takeoff and 60gph at cruise @ $3.00/gal so a one hour flight usually burns about $225.00 worth of gas.

Amon26
03-04-2005, 07:15 PM
That's pretty cool Target. I've seen the A6M5 at the smithsonian, but since I'm on the east-coast and don't travel much, It'll be a while till I get out to Calif. Will keep that in mind though

MO_JOJO
03-05-2005, 09:17 AM
Amon26, If you have the DVD of that film, look at the bonus features, and I think you'll see all about the planes they used. Most of the P-51's were scale models (1/8 I think), but it is still a great movie, I agree!