This one has kind of snuck up and surprised but is out now - slightly late for the Pearl Harbor anniversary. HLJ are retailing it for around the £17 mark but goodness knows what it will sell for if and when stocks reach the UK. There are only two previous contenders - the "old Airfix" (just re-issued for £7.49) and the delicately detailed Fujimi, produced in two versions which meant a breakdown of parts contributing to fit complications but still available for just under £5! The three together should make for an interesting comparison.
Decals are included for eight markings options (shown below) but it appears Cyber Hobby have settled on the traditional light grey for the airframe colour. For Val's Pearl Harbor carrier mate Kate the "old Hasegawa" (ex-Mania) kit rumbles on unchallenged - if you can find one. "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice. Let's hope Airfix or Revell have plans to do one before Cyber Hobby or one of the East European short-run crowd.
For the A6M2 Zero fighter escorts in this scale there is now a choice of Fine Molds (superlative, expensive and appears to be unavailable), Hasegawa (honest but hard to find) and Airfix (easily available, cheap but suspiciously fat in plan view).
Image credit: © 2012 Cyber Hobby