Fine Molds are due to release all new tool kits of the Mitsubishi A5M "Claude" fighter in 1/48th scale. From the box art so far seen these appear to be Kit # FNMFB-21 A5M4 and FNMFB-20 A5M2.
The enclosed canopy Claude was designated Model 2-2 but was not popular with pilots, was often flown with the canopy removed and rarely seems to have been photographed. The Nagoya factory made 108 with a further 16 produced by 21st Naval Aircraft Arsenal after Nagoya production had ceased.
Announced for release in July this year both kits are expected to cost approximately £18 (US$ 25) each direct from Japan and should prove popular!
Thanks for this posting, Nick.
Right on time. I was eyeing an ancient Wings48 vacuform on the net.
Nick, there is also an Ukrainian company Wingsy preparing the 1/48 A5M1 and A5M2 late.
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