These photos are for those planes in my collection that I built with landing gear up so they could fly in the outdoor toy-soldier wars I used to run with my friends in the ’70s.
Junyô was considered a “lucky” ship because it actually survived hostilities, unlike virtually all of its contemporaries. Torpedoed near Nagasaki at the end of 1944, Junyô spent the rest of the […]
The “Zeke” models pictured here are actually based on the aircraft in The Eternal Zero. Tamiya came out with a version of the A6M5 with decals to match the squadron shown in the film.
Shiretoko Class, completed as oiler, 10 August 1920; converted to seaplane carrier, 1924; re-converted to oiler in 1942; damaged in 1943 and 1944; used as floating fuel storage in Singapore; broken […]
Katori Class. Launched 25 September 1939, completed 31 May 1940; in 1945 she was the flagship of the China Coast Escort Squadron; damaged on 30 July 1945 at Maizuru by […]
Completed 20 August, 1923; sunk 10 October, 1944, NNE of Okinawa. Speed, 18 knots. Armament: 4 x 14 cm 50-cal guns, 2 x 8 cm 40-cal guns “…designed to operate […]
Completed, 1925. Sunk, October 26, 1944, SE of Negros. Speed: 36 knots. Armament: 7 x 5.5-inch 50-cal guns, 8 x 24-inch torpedo tubes, light AA. Nagara Class, designed as flagships for […]
These images reflect the project I describe in my previous post.
Of course it’s a photographic illusion, but for the planes I have that never got their wheels, I think this method puts them in the best light I can hope to manage!
In its detail and accuracy, my new Ise still doesn’t come close to others I have seen, but I am discovering how satisfying it can be to invest the extra time and resources in a model of this size.