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Old 05-14-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:27 PM   #2
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Model 97 Little ordinance dropping mechanism.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:32 PM   #3
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:30 PM   #4
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Here is the translation that was offered on another forum:

九七式小型爆弾 投下器改二



Type 97 small bomber (rev. 2)



中央工業株式会社大森工場



Central Manufacturing Inc. Ohmori Factory



The serial number is unreadable.



Manufacture date is Feb. 28 but year is unreadable



検印 = kenin or seal of approval. Definitely navy with the anchor stamp.



No inspection date entered.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:43 PM   #5
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hi guys just my thoughts the Japanese navy operated 5 types of aircraft designated as type 97 made by 4 different manufacturers nakajima,mitsubishi,kawanishi and aichi 2 of which you can discount as they did not enter full scale manufacture which leaves the type 97 nakajima bn51 torpedo bomber (kate) which also could carry 3 types of bomb, the type 97 Mitsubishi b5m1(mabel) a light bomber with a fixed undercarriage obsolete by ww2 but used in areas with little opposition or the large type 97 kawanishi (mavis) flying boat my guess would be the Mitsubishi (mabel) as the word small is used (light) ? just to confuse things the Japanese army airforce also used type 97 designated aircraft but this plate has the navy anchor on it so that cuts it down to the navy aircraft mentioned
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:36 PM   #6
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I think the theory that the plate is associated with the B5M (Mabel) is the most plausible IMO. The designation for a Mable was Type 97-2 which could be a more accurate interpretation of the "rev. 2" kanji

The counter to that is that this was a very low production aircraft (~125) and though serial numbers for some IJN aircraft purposefully did not start at "1" the serial number on this plate seems be 863.

Just to be clear to all readers - this small little NOT a "Main Data Plate". It is far too small and missing other information. It is associated with some sub assy or sub system and more translation needs to be done to see IF that is clear from what is written or if it is just lost forever, because often a "solo" plate, has lost it's "context" so to speak

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Old 05-15-2018, 11:09 PM   #7
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Wait, I could very well be wrong on this, but it seems that this plate is focused on the mechanism itself rather than the aircraft that used it. Thoughts?


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Old 05-16-2018, 04:52 PM   #8
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I think Tom has a point - Guy to the rescue please! The Japanese military nomenclature system of naming some many item (big and small) by the year of introduction makes things get messy -real fast
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I think Tom has a point - Guy to the rescue please! The Japanese military nomenclature system of naming some many item (big and small) by the year of introduction makes things get messy -real fast
No idea! I think Bob Chatt and beretta gave excellent responses. Beretta said it is not a main data plate.

The Chuo Mfg, Ohmori Factory did not produce aircraft, so it must be for a component attached to the Type 97 revision 2.

Here's an example of a data plate on a Type 94.
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LINE 9: This last line has the name of the manufacturer, identifies the type of company, and shows what company facility actually made the object.
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LINE 9: 中央工業株式会社大森工場 = Chuo Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha Omori KoJo = Chuuou Kougyou Kabushiki Kaisha Oomori KouJou = Central Industries Limited Stock Company Omori Factory = Central Industries Company, Ltd., Omori Factory.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:31 PM   #10
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Thank you Guy! neat little plate

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