Manufacturer: Consolidated-Vultee (Aichi)

Model: unknown (AM-24)

Name: Weevil

Type: Torpedo bomber

Date: 1945

Status: Service test

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Navy

Designation: TB2V-1


The US recognized the superiority of the Aichi M6A1 Seiran design, and after capturing a couple of aircraft, decided to have the type produced at home by an American company, improving on it whenever possible (differences being mostly structural and not visible on the outside).


This piece of work is less personal in the sense that I pretty much reused an existing profile, but I hope you'll enjoy it all the same. It was that of a Seiran painted in fake US colors to deceive US pilots (see original image below right) to which I added bits and pieces to make it look like a genuine reverse-engineered Nanzan as produced by Vultee, the Weevil torpedo bomber.

Viewers' comments:
  • Ah, very neat, Stéphane! (comradeloganov)
  • Looks very nice indeed.  I've always thought the Seiran/Nanzan was a nice looking ship. (Maverick)

My comments:

Bad news is I accidentally saved the master file as a JPEG instead of a multilayer format and therefore lost all possibility to rework it easily for other profiles. Blast!