Tuesday 30 April 2019

Fine Molds 1/72 Zero Prototype & A6M2 Model 11

Several correspondents including Iskender Mailibayev and Li Yen-choo have kindly provided heads ups about this new Fine Molds double kit in 1/72 scale due for release in July this year to commemorate 80 years since the Mitsubishi Zero first flight. The kit features parts and markings for the 12-Shi second prototype (A6M1) and an A6M2 Model 11 as flown by Lt Minoru Suzuki of 12 Ku from Hankow, China in May 1941. Thank goodness it is not a special magazine issue. Price of this two-kit combo is shown as US$36/£27.84 at HLJ

Sprue shots suggest relief mouldings for the A6M1 engine (per the recent Ki-43-I kit) whilst the A6M2 is perhaps a re-iteration of the previous superlative special magazine issue kit. Various airframe configurations for the A6M1 prototypes have been depicted and here is a new one with the artwork appearing to show it painted in RAF Sky, presumably meant to represent designer Jiro Horikoshi's "dimly shining ash green". The A6M2 is depicted in grey (or maybe aluminium?), presumably Gunze Mr Color 35 which is in fact a bright blue-grey rather than the plain, neutral grey currently being peddled in some quarters. 

With thanks to all who have written in with news and images of this kit.

Image credits: Artwork and parts © 2019 Fine Molds Corporation

Monday 1 April 2019

New Nakajima A2N3 Kit in 1/48

Hat tip to Vedran for alerting AoJ to this forthcoming injection moulded release of the IJN Type 90 Nakajima A2N3 carrier fighter in 1/48 scale by A.B.&K of Ukraine - sprue shots and other details may be found at Britmodeller.  A good scale for this type and a fitting IJN rival to Fine Molds excellent Ki-10. From the box art decal options will be for aircraft from the carriers Kaga and Ryujo.

In 2001 Fine Molds released a neat little kit of the A2N1-2 in 1/72 scale (above) with a separate photo-etch set AA-16 which includes rigging.  Both are currently in stock at HLJ.

Image credit: Box art © 2019 A.B.&K Models and Replica via Britmodeller; A2N1-2 Box art © 2001 Fine Molds Corp.