Friday, 23 September 2022

Heads Up! - Mitsubishi Ki-21 Model 1 Otsu from ICM


Great news from Ukrainian ICM! They have made good progress with their "Sally" in 1/72 which is scheduled to be released around October 20. 
The box artwork is much better than the older atrocity and the renders look absolutely spot-on. I can see no inaccuracies at all (only the bombardier's seat is wrong but it will probably not be seen once the fuselage halves are closed). I hope they provide it with an open greenhouse, combat-ready option, not just closed. Unfortunately, it's been months since they last got in touch, so I have no idea what the "4 marking options" of the decals are.

The 1/48 version will follow. I guess either by the end of this or the beginning of next year. 
No, they are not crazy to release a 1/24 version, as some requested.

They will also release a Model 2 in both scales. Remains to be seen if they will release Model 2 Ko (greenhouse) and Otsu (turret) versions. Both saw extensive action during the Pacific War. 

I have not heard if they plan to do a full civilian M-21 or M-22 version. Hopefully, they will as there are many very interesting options.  

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Mitsubishi J2M "Raiden" (Jack) by Rising Decals

Last December Rising Decals released a quite nice set dedicated to the Mitsubishi J2M "Raiden" (Jack) in 1/72.
The set includes markings for eight aircraft:

J2M3 model 21 "352-50", 352nd Kokutai named "Kusanagi", Omura airbase, Nagasaki prefecture, March 1945
J2M6 model 31 (or J2M5 model 33) "352-18", 352nd Kokutai, Japan 1945
J2M3 model 21 "02-615", s/n 3026, 381st Kokutai, 602nd Hikotai, Sepinggan airbase, Balikpapan, Borneo, autumn 1944
J2M3 model 21 "BI-01", 381st Kokutai, Singapore, Malaya, 1945
J2M2 model 11 "32-101", 332nd Kokutai, Naruo airbase, Hyogo prefecture, Japan, 1944
J2M2 model 11 "81-101", s/n 2024, Mitsubishi Aircraft and Engine Works, Nagoya, Japan, September 1945 
J2M2 14-Shi interceptor Kai (trial a/c) "YoC-104", 301st Kokutai, Oppama airbase, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, December 1943
J2M3 model 21 "81-124", s/n 3013, 381st Kokutai, Dewey Bouleward airbase, Philippines, late 1944

Here are the instructions and the decal set.

We will discuss in detail the various aircraft in forthcoming posts, so stay tuned!

Thanks a lot, Mirek for the sample.

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Heads Up! - New "Betty" by Sword in 1/72

Harold K. (thanks!), sent over a heads-up for a new release by Sword. It's a Mitsubishi G4M1 "Betty" in 1/72!
I must admit this is a very pleasantly surprising release and I like what I see on their site!