Over all my years of collecting and building models, I never had a Betty… until I saw this old kit in the local hobby store. I saw the price tag of $13 (you can see the sticker in my box-top image) and thought, “Now’s my chance!”
In keeping with a trend in my adult-era model-building, I am pretty much doing a new version of most models I have, including this one, which I first built around 30 years ago.
I had one of these back in the ’70s, so when I saw the kit at the local hobby shop — in a condition and at a price that suggested it had been on someone’s shelf for quite a while before being transferred for resale — I sprang for it and recently put it together.
Had fun making this one — though it was not a quick job by any means.
Back in the ’70s the only Japanese tank kit I was aware of was the Airfix Chi-Ha. It was the sole vehicle available to complement my Japanese infantry — also by Airfix, of course.
The propeller-driven Type 2 Ka-Mi armored fighting vehicle floated with the help of two large pontoon attachments, one on the front and one on the back. When the amphibious […]
This rendition of the vehicle by IBG models was a nice kit to build! (Stray dog not included…)
So here we feature our newest ship, Heian Maru, an ocean liner converted to wartime service.
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 […]