With gratitude to Ken Glass for alerting me to these images of their forthcoming 1/72 Ki-21 kit from Ukrainian company ICM due in October. Will there be a 'feeding frenzy' with examples of long stashed and venerable Revell and Revell-Takara kits appearing on eBay? No doubt there will be a deluge of aftermarket improvements, various resin parts exactly similar to the plastic kit parts but which have to be sawn from their moulding stubs wearing a face mask to avoid the toxic dust and then attached with super glue. Just joking! ;-)
Not sure about the reference to two defensive weaponry options but it is unlikely to mean the two types of dorsal turret. Multiple variants presented as different releases rather than optional parts all in one kit like the aforesaid Revell classic being more 2022. The four markings options are not revealed. The narrower fuselage of the ICM is apparent.
The interior looks simple but adequate for the scale and hopefully requiring a less challenging fit experience than some recently over-engineered kit interiors. "It can't be seen but I know it's there" is often the mantra which tempts a response "Well save yourself time and just imagine it being there then"! The ICM interior reminds of Mania kits like the Ki-48 and Ki-51 - nothing wrong with that.
Looks like a very good start.
No hint as to price yet. but hopefully closer to £20 than £40! Update: Hannants now list the UK price as £33.80 discounted to £30.42 if pre-ordered.
Image credit: All © 2022 ICM