While the modeling world – or portions of it – await the impending release of the massive H-K Models 1/32 B-25J Mitchell later this month, the other half of the Wingscale debacle appears to be moving forward as well.
While there aren’t any test shots, prices, or other firm release information as of yet, WingXL’s site is indicated a Q3 2012 release, and has already posted three rather striking marking options. My favorite is Barracuda:
I’m particularly excited about this, as the B-26 is one of the really overlooked subjects of the modeling world. There are some 1/48 kits that are buildable, but they all have their share of issues and don’t live up to the Revellogram or Accurate Miniatures B-25 kits. And in 1/32 scale, there’s nothing.
Two 1/32 medium bombers is really pushing things, display-wise, but as of now, consider my interest piqued.
I’ll post more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE 3/4/2012: Voting has wrapped, and the winner is Revell’s PV-1 Ventura. Stay tuned!
The Tamiya and Revellogram Jugs are done. The Fiat G.55 is heading into the painting stages. The Ki-84 looks like it’s going to be a nice, simple restorative build. The big-ass Washington is a long-term project, and the also-big-ass H-K B-25 won’t be arriving for a month yet.
Oh, and I’ve suffered a sudden total loss of interest around building a 1/48 Bf 109.
In other words, I’ve got room to entertain another build. But what? The voting thing has been great fun in the past, so I’m turning the choice over to the community yet again.
1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14
While I still very much enjoy 1/48 scale, in my opinion the tiny 109 is far better served in 1/32. This G-14 would actually be built as a tall-tail G-6 in service with the Swiss Air Force. So…basically what I had in mind with the Airfix kit, only a later model and larger scale.
1/32 Trumpeter P-47N Thunderbolt
I just finished two Jugs, so right now I need another like I need a hole in the head. But it’s whispering sweet nothings…
1/35 Trumpeter KV-2
Started this beast back in October, and it’s sat since. Goal would be finishing it off as a German-captured, chain-laden beast.
1/35 Tasca M4A3(76)W Sherman
Another October wonder that’s just waiting to hit the paint stage.
1/48 Great Wall TBD-1 Devastator
It’s new. It’s blue. It’s a brilliant kit of an aircraft saddled with an unjustly awful reputation. And it’s got foldy-wings!
1/48 Revell PV-1 Ventura
It’s also new. It’s also blue. It looks like the bee’s knees, and the aircraft I’d build has a giant octopus graphic over the dorsal turret.
Time to vote! Chances are I’ll let this run through the weekend…curious to see what comes out! It’s never the kit I guess it’ll be!
- 1/32 Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
- 1/32 Revell Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
- 1/32 ProModeller Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4/R6
- Panda’s Pz.38, Great Wall’s MiG-29, Eduard’s hot new Spitfire and more in the Reviews section
On the Bench
- 1/32 Academy F-16D Block 52+ – Polish Air Force
The Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
What can possibly be said about the 109 that hasn’t been already? There have been books – and series of books – dedicated to the 109. Alongside the Spitfire, it’s probably the best-known aircraft in the world, with a ridiculous service history that spanned from the Spanish Civil War to the post-war era, when Israel flew a Czech-made copy known as the Avia S-199. During World War II, the 109 saw service across Europe and North Africa, and was one of the few aircraft types in service from 1939 through to 1945.
The 109E-3 variant served early in the war, up into the Battle of Britain, when it was gradually replaced by the E-4 and E-7.
But I’m not planning a Battle of Britain 109. I have more unusual markings in mind, those of the Swiss Air Force:
Yes, Switzerland was neutral during World War II, in large part because of very vigilant defensive measures.
The Airfix Kit
There are tons of 1/48 109 kits, so why the Airfix? Well, I’ve never buit one, and I’ve heard some very good things about them. Airfix’s recent kits are going a long way to shift their reputation, and the 109 exemplifies that, with solid detail, supposedly superb fit, and little touches like separated control surfaces. In all it should make for an interesting build, and a lot of masking!
UPDATE: Due to user error – my installing the cowl gun deck backward – looks like this kit is unfortunately going to be living out its days as a paint mule. I will be tackling the Ki-84 in the future, as I have two Hasegawas and plenty of markings options.
The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (“FRANK”)
For all my interest in World War II, Japanese aircraft, like Italian aircraft, have been something of a blind spot. Pretty much everyone knows what a Zero is, and I can recognize several of the Allied codenames – Tojo, Val, Kate, Betty, Tony, etc – but the actual aircraft, their capabilities, when they served and whether it was with the Imperial Navy or the Air Force, yeah, nothing.
I don’t know why, but I’ve just never been interested in Japanese aircraft. Growing up, it was enough for me to know they were what attacked Pearl Harbor, and what Wildcats, Hellcats and Corsairs knocked out of the sky. I’ve never built a Japanese aircraft, and until recently, had no desire to do so. But seeing several fantastic builds coming out of the Japanese group build on the FSM forums, well, it piqued my interest.
In particular, the Ki-84. Read more…