When I mentioned the range of 1/144th scale kits from Revell (Japan) in Mark Smith's article on his builds in that scale my memory was playing tricks on me. I thought the range had included only fighters but on checking the 1975 Revell (Japan) catalogue I see that it included some multi-place, single engined IJN types too - the "Kate", "Val", "Judy" and "Myrt" no less. There was a Shiden and Shiden-kai too.
From Burns* it appears that the whole range might not have been exported to Europe and I have no idea if the Revell Japan kits originated from other company's moulds or indeed wound up in other company's ranges. It seems that only the Ki-43, Ki-44, Ki-61 and Ki-84 went to the UK and Germany with the others only being sold in Japan and Mexico. In Japan the range was also sold in gift sets with pairs of "Kate" with "George", "Oscar with "Frank" and "Zeke" with "Myrt".
The German range included a Ju-87 and the US range a Douglas Dauntless. At the time Gunze Sangyo Inc., were the licensee for Revell in Japan and their early range of paints appear in the catalogue.
* 'In Plastic - WW2 Aircraft Kits' by John W Burns (Kit Collectors Clearinghouse, 1993 edition)
Image Credits: All © 1975 Revell (Japan) and Gunze Sangyo Inc.