During 1990, the Blayd Corporation purchased Japanese Zero pieces and materials from Robert Diemert.
Model 21 Zero Tail AI-I-129 (Replica)
Replica Zero 1:1, no original parts are used. Accurate markings of A6M2 Zero 6544 Tail AI-I-129
The Blayd Corporation used the assortment of parts as templates from Diemert to build a new Zero. The
only original parts on this Zero are its landing gear. This is the plane
known as the Dakota Blayd Zero as it was purchased by a consortium
based in ND and MN. These partners took the airframe and
finished it (primarily engine, instruments, hydraulics)
at Tri-State Aviation in Wahpeton ND (owned by Gerry Beck). This replica
Zero was the identity of A6M2 6544 and is displayed
at the Fargo
Today, Earl Calverley still has the parts Diemert sold
them stored in a semi trailer next to his
shop in Carman. The only large identifiable pieces in this collection is
a deskinned left wing from A6M2 5459 and the deskinned front fuselage
section from A6M2 3471.