Wednesday, 30 September 2015


MODEL ART just released a brilliant brand new publication entitled "Nihon Riku-Kaigunki Dai Zukan" or "Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Airplanes Illustrated Book #1". It has 170 pages full of illustrations by the well-known duo of Sato Shigeo & Sato Kunihiko. The late Sato Shigeo (father) was a Navy veteran while Sato Kunihiko (son) is the illustrator and co-researcher and both have released the other Model Art title "Nihon Kaigun Kokutai Gunso To Sobi (MA #655)" (Aviator Uniforms and Equipment of the IJN)  (here) and are regualr contributors to Model Art monthly magazines.
The "Zukan #1" publication is a collection of these monthly magazine contributions and covers in great detail a wide variety of technical IJN & IJA aircraft subjects like cockpit and instruments, engine, wheels and wells, fuel tanks and a lot more. The aircraft types covered are a bit random (Zero, "Raiden", "Toryu", "Hien", "Seiran", "Renzan" among others), there is no English and there are few vintage photos but there are colour photos of surviving relics when possible and the illustrations are so finely detailed that makes this publication invaluable for modellers and aviation historians. 
Note that this one is not part of any series. The number is Model Art #927
Avialable from our on-line store HERE, together with other out and in print Model Arts.


Monday, 28 September 2015

Nakajima E8N1 "Dave" in German Service

The following very interesting information and photos were sent for our blog from Miro Herold:

One Nakajima E8N1 Dave was in service on board the auxiliary cruiser “Orion. The fuselage insignia were overpainted with fictitious RAF roundels and white serial number L 5196.
On May 26, 1941 there was an accident during take-off and the E8N1 with pilot Oblt. zur See Klaus von Winterfeld and observer Oberflugmeister Pässler sunk in a position east from Madagascar 18°52’ S and 51°06’ O.
A second Nakajima E8N1 Dave was ordered from Japan for the auxiliary cruiser “Stier” as replacement for the two Arado Ar-231. The Germans found that they were not suitable for the kind of service they wanted them since the engine could not be started once on water. The German supply ship MS “Tannenfels” then loaded only one E8N1 from Yokohama and cruised back to the Atlantic to meet the “Stier”. On September 25, 1942 finally the two ships met in the South Atlantic and the German team was able to take a look at the seaplane. Upon close inspection the seaplane was declared as in bad condition and therefore unsuitable for front-line service. "Stier" didn't take the plane and stayed on MS “Tannenfels”. Two days later, the “Stier” was sunk after a sea battle with the armoured Liberty ship “Stephen Hopkins”.
Question: what happened to the "Dave" on board "Tannenfels"?

E8N1 Dave on board MS "Thannenfels"

Friday, 25 September 2015

Nakajima Ki43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar) by Richard Holak

Some photos of my Ki43-II "Hayabusa" (Oscar), Hasegawa 1:32, 59th Fighter Group Headquarter Capt. Nango Shigeo's November 1943 -December

Richard Holak
Poland -Krakow


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Nakajima E8N "Dave" in action - video #2

One more video from the NHK collection featuring Nakajima E8N "Dave" seaplanes in action. According to the commentator, seaplane units based on Yangtze river operate against targets in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. The ground crew members prepare and bomb-load the seaplanes for one more mission against junks sailing the river carrying provisions and enemy positions in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. The video was shot on August 26, 1941. 
I hope David can identify the unit from the tail marking.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Hasegawa E8N1 "Dave" #2

You didn't really think we'd just post photos from Hasegawa's site, right? Here's a very close look of the kit. Crisp and very fine details especially in the cockpit, the engine and the main float. Can't comment on the decals and the paint options yet. More on that soon.
Very special thanks to Hasegawa for the pre-production review sample.


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Hasegawa E8N1 "Dave" - OUT NOW!

It's finally out and it looks absolutely amazing!
Price is about $US40 but we will have more details about our special discount price very very soon.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Vintage magazine cover

"Hiko Shonen", February 1943

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Nakajima E8N "Dave" in action - video

With the forthcoming Hasegawa kit release, here's a video from the NHK collection featuring Nakajima E8N "Dave" seaplanes in action.
To intercept the flow of supplies to the Nationalist China forces of Chiang Kai-shek the Japanese forces in South China undertook a series of operations in August 1940 combining Army and Navy units. Following attacks against Ningbo and Wenzhou, the Japanese turned their attention to important harbours north of Hong Kong.
As the video commentator explains, on August 15 a surprise attack commenced against Xiachuan Island in order to stop completely this south supply route. The South China Navy Kokutai bombed military targets and supported the landings operations which centred around the Pearl River Delta.
Any ideas about the Dave unit?


Saturday, 12 September 2015

色々 - Various

Luciano Gianfilippi (Daniel49)  added some very interesting information about the Japanese Savoia-Marchetti S.62
From Osaka Takarazuka
9 September 2015
There is a report on a Savoia S.62 use in Japanese Navy Air Force and eventually at Osaka
Japan Transportation Institute (as J-BBWI) on the book "Handbook of Japanese Aircraft 1910-1945", published in 1989 by Model Art Co.Ltd. (in Japanese language only).
In year Showa 7 (1932) one S.62 was acquired from Savoia-SIAI (former Società Idrovolanti Alta Italia) for research purpose by the Imperial Japanese Navy; interest was focused on the particular line of the kyle and on the long range of this seaplane; this seaplane was tested from Showa 7 (1932) until Showa 11 (1936); during these five years this seaplane made many long flights between air bases of IJN Yokosuka (Tokyo Bay) and Sasebo (Nagasaki Bay in Kyushu island); this S.62 eventually received civil registration J-BBWI for use by the Japan Transportation Institute at Osaka. During civil service at Osaka S.62 performed well missions as aerial recon and photo, rescue on sea, search for fishing ships; a project for long range flight from Japan Kyushu to Thailand was scheduled, but never realized; but this led to some modification on the aircraft, including more fuel and upper wing enlargement; during one test the Japanese press reported a record flight duration of more 11 hours, and a climb at 4.200 meters, but these events are unconfirmed; during the years of Japan-China war the Japanese newspapers published sometimes many triumphal reports for propaganda duties.
The Japanese book related data are interesting, because they say the engine of S.62 bought from Savoia was Isotta-Fraschini Asso 500-RI (not Asso 750), a V-12 with 520HP; wingspan 15 meters, length 11,70 meters, wing surface 65 m2, weight empty 2214 kg, weight full load 3260 kg, max speed 200 km/h, cruise speed 85 km/h, climb rate 2000 meters in 12' and 3000 meters in 24', max range 1500 km, max duration flight 14 hours.
Thank you very much Daniel49 for the extra information.
The box of a rare kit I spotted on the Japanese Ebay. Nakajima B6N "Tenzan" in 1/70 by IKKO.

You have probably heard in the news that this week we had extreme weather conditions when Typhoon Etau hit Japan. Although the area we live is relatively far from the worse hit areas, the downpour was particularly extreme. 
Here are two photos I took from my apartment window. The first on Thursday, the second on Friday. The gray thing you see in the background of the photo on the left is not fog; it's rain.



Thursday, 10 September 2015

Mitsubishi A6M5 by Miro Herold

Mitsubishi A6M5 pilot Lt (Dai-i) Yoshimi Minami, carrier Taiho during the Battle of the Philippine Sea on June 19, 1944. Tamiya 1/72.
-Miro Herold- Czech Republic

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

and now for something completely different - Samurai Star Wars!

A long time ago in a parallel universe far,
far away... 

Bandai is releasing this December a highly collectible Samurai Darth Vader in their "Movie Realisation Series" (whatever this is supposed to mean). SDV will be 18 centimetres (7 inches) tall and will cost 9,504 yen (US$79.63). It will feature at least two different samurai crests on his helmet but the coolest by far is the design based on the Death Star.


Bandai will also release an extremely cool Sand Storm Trooper with an assortment of weapons and paraphernalia and a splendid Boba Fett. A red-suited Imperial Royal Guard, is scheduled for April 2016. How about a Princess Leia in full maiko attire guys? I don't know if the force will awaken in the forthcoming Episode VII but a samurai Kurai Daifu (Darth Vader) with katana lightsabers fighting Rukas Sora Hokosha (Skywalker) in planet Japanino is something I would definitely like to see.