One of the best things about managing this blog is receiving emails from Japanese aircraft enthusiasts and modellers from all over the world, not just across the Anglosphere, with news of their own interesting projects.
From regular correspondent Dmitri Korolkov come these photos of his 11-years old son's first kit, a 1/72nd scale Hasegawa Ohka. This beautiful and accomplished model was submitted to DiSHow-2009 (a Moscow online model contest) and was awarded the 2nd Place Silver medal in the Junior grade by the judging panel and also the 1st Place Gold Medal in internet voting. A short feature on building the model (in Russian) is here and some more pictures from the model contest are here. The attention to detail, presentation and observation of colour of this tiny model would put many an experienced and older modeller to shame. Very well done!
Recently I also received a lovely email and photos of some Japanese aircraft models from a model show in Guatamala and news of a small but dedicated group of Japanese aircraft enthusiasts in Guatamala and El Salvador (I'm waiting for permission to show those photos too).
Sometimes when we are bemoaning the lack of English language references on this subject we might spare a thought for those enthusiasts in countries across the globe where neither Japanese nor English is the first language and it is sometimes much more difficult to obtain relevant kits and books with which to pursue this interest.
Image credits: All via and courtesy of Dmitri Korolkov © 2010