Just saw that ICM and Special Hobby are releasing Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" kits in 1/72 and ICM in 1/48 too!!!!
Here are some images from the Special Hobby site. From the images it seems they are working on Model 1 and Model 2 variants.
The above is the cockpit. At first glance I can say that the machine guns are completely wrong. They are IJNAF Type 92 flexible. Absolutely never instaled on any "Sally". Did they copy them from the MPM or the Revell kits?
The above is the side views from the Model 2. The window opening next to the fuselage door on the port side looks to be the same with the Model 1; actually it wasn't. Also, if they are going to do proper Model 2s, the window should not be there. So, they'll have to redesign it and also provide the option to cover it.
Will keep you posted ofcourse for any new developments.
But for the momment, FINALLY the release of these models in both scales is absolutely amazing news! EAT IT TAMIGAWA!
Also, Special Hobby announced they're releasing a new version of their Tachikawa Ki-54. It's the Otsu with the gunner turrets.
In the kit box illustration, the machine guns look again like IJNAF Type 92 flexible. As before, completely wrong.
Modellers who care about accuracy will have great difficulty to find IJAAF Te-4 machine guns to replace them.
The decal set is for at least two (they say three) subjects. One or two from the Mito school and another from the 16th Kyoiku Hikotai we first presented here. By the way, in case you doubt the accuracy of Kaiho-san's artwork, it would be helpful to know that the artist was in constant direct contact with veteran associations who directly commissioned his artwork and provided him with all the information. In the very rare cases he has made a mistake (usually in labeling the correct aircraft model featured in the artwork) he has appologized and corrected the mistake in public because immediately veterans had pointed out the inaccuracy. As a result, Kaiho-san's artwork is one of the most accurate ever!