Friday 10 May 2013


In the 80s-90s a series of most interesting home-made models was released under the name Raccoon Models, based in Kagamigahara, Gifu prefecture. Most were in 1:48 resin with some metal parts and included many aircraft, especially Japanese X-planes, that have not yet been released in that scale. Interior details were non-existent, the quality of the resin was so unsatisfactory that if you left the model under the summer sun it melted and deformed but they are so highly sought after that they are usually sold at very high prices when, if ever, appear on Ebay. In Japan some of them are fairly easy to find and at reasonable prices. They are those that have been released as injection by major manufacturers like Tamiya. The rest if they ever appear on the Japanese Ebay are sold between 100-300$US or more, depending on the aircraft type.
Below is an almost complete list of all the Raccoon Models in 1:48.

48-1 ~ Aichi M6A1 "Seiran"
48-2 ~ Aichi M6A1-K "Nanzan"
48-3 ~ Aichi B7A1 "Ryusei"
48-4 ~ Nakajima "Kikka"
48-5 ~ Mitsubishi A7M "Reppu"
48-6 ~ Aichi E16A "Zuiun"
48-7 ~ Aichi 10-shi Experimental Observation Seplane F1A1
48-8 ~ Nakajima Ki-201 "Karyu"
48-9 ~ Keihikoki Mita, Type 3 Glider
48-10 ~ Kawasaki XT-4 Trainer

48-11 ~ Mitsubishi G4M1 Model 11
48-12 ~ Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis"
48-13 ~ Kawasaki Ki-78
48-14 ~ Mitsubishi J8M "Shusui"
48-15 ~ Nakajima J1N "Gekko"
48-16 ~ Kawasaki Ki-108
48-17 ~ Nakajima Type 91 Fighter NC
48-18 ~ Kawasaki Type 92 Fighter KDA5
48-19 ~ Nakajima Type 90 Carrier Fighter A2N
48-20 ~ Saab 91B Safir X1G1B

48-21 ~ Fuji T-1A
48-22 ~ Finland VL Pyörremyrsky
48-23 ~ Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2
48-24 ~ Kawasaki Ki-64
48-25 ~ Nakajima Ki-87
48-26 ~ Hawker Sea Hawk F1 Mk 101
48-27 ~ Yokosuka E14Y1
48-28 ~ Nakajima B6N "Tenzan"
48-29 ~ Tachikawa Ki-36 / Ki-55
48-30 ~ Kayaba Ka-Go

48-31 ~ Mitsubishi B5M1
48-32 ~ Kawasaki Ki-88
48-33 ~ Kawanishi J6K "Jinpu"
48-34 ~ Tokyo Koku Ki-107
48-35 ~ Kawasaki Ki-60
48-36 ~ Kawanishi E15K "Shiun"
48-37 ~ Nakajima Ki-4
48-38 ~ Kawasaki Ki-119
48-39 ~ Mitsubishi Ki-21-II
48-40 ~ Beechcraft T-34A

48-41 ~ Nakajima J5N "Tenrai"
48-42 ~ Aichi S1A "Denko"
48-43 ~ Yokosuka R2Y "Keiun"
48-44 ~ Army Ko-4 Fighter Nieuport 29C1
48-45 ~ ?
48-46 ~ ?
48-47 ~ Mansyu Ki-98
48-48 ~ Kawasaki Ki-10
48-49 ~ ?
48-50 ~ Army Salmson 2A2 Otsu Model 1

Please note that none of the above kits is immediately available from our on-line store but feel free to send us your want-list and we can keep an eye for you.


Anonymous said...

What a great list of models! I wish some of the mainstream companies would issue kits of some of these X- planes.


Anonymous said...

I sent an e-mail to FineMolds (, suggesting that they do a Nakajima ki-87 in 1/48. Maybe I'm lucky and they hear my plea?



Anonymous said...

Any idea what a No. 48-15 "Gekko" would be worth?I can find anything on them at all.

Anonymous said...

I would like to get a kit of the E15K, and try to do a better resin-model out of it. Anyone who has a chance to digg one somewere?
Me - I did not found it for years.

Andreas from Berlin - ju88g-6 -at- freenet -dot- de

Max Brandt said...

Very interesting, kudos to them for covering subjects not normally done by most kit manufacturers, even if their resin was super crappy. I think they produced the only E16A1 "Paul" in 1/48 scale. I rather like their minimalist approach to packaging too, very apropos for the subject era and it'd be neat if Revell or Hasegawa mimicked that simple, straight forward style for certain aviation subjects.

Ed. said...

Yea man they are expensive,but not so good quality.i owned the it for 65 on ebay.5 years later it sold on ebay for 200.i was the sally avaiable and is it bad quality too??

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been trying to find the 1/48 Ki- 201 Karyu for some time now, no luck. I have the Kikka jets, but the Ki-201 I can't seem to find anywhere.

Arawasi said...

Hey "anonymous" looking for a Karyu kit, I sent you an urgent email yesterday. Did you get it?