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This is a very rare and highly sought after collectible, a Japanese
Machine Gun Camera made during World War II. The official name of the
camera is the Type 89 Rokuoh-Sha made by Konishoruko Manufacturer
Company, later to become Konica.
This camera has a fascinating history in that it was used to train Japanese machine gunners during WWII. The camera would be mounted inside or outside the plane. When inside it is manned by the gunner, and outside it would be controlled remotely by cables. The camera takes 18x24mm pictures on 35mm cine film loaded in 2.5m strips. The Type 89 camera was said to be used to train gunners on the famed Zero fighter plane, the pilots would do in-air target practice with the camera recording accuracy. The film would then be processed and reviewed before true in-air combat (once pilots mastered the Type 89 camera with improved kills through target practice, the real thing was then mounted on the aircraft and said pilot was sent into battle).
This camera is an amazing piece of history that is essentially priceless for a collector of unique cameras or WWII memorabilia.
The Rokuoh-Sha machine gun camera is an exceptionally rare and very sought after piece of Japanese military history. It was manufactured by the Konishoruko Camera Company (which later became Konica) during world war two, as a way of training Japanese military airplane machine gunners. The machine gun camera would be mounted on to Japanese military aircraft, in place of the real machine guns, during training flights. The gunners would then fire the machine gun camera at various ground based, or airborne targets — just as if they were firing the real guns. Instead of spraying bullets, however, they were snapping photos. The resulting photographs would later be developed and analyzed in order to determine the gunner.
Still looking for:
- the rifle butt
- The stopwatch (Berna 17 jewel or Seikosha.)