Sunday, June 17, 2007

1/144 "Bitter!" Shizouka Spitfire - "Explained"




1/144 "Bitter!" Shizouka Spitfire - "Explained"
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Please read teh artical how IKE explains how he made the !/144 Spitfire "prank"
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9 comments:

oliver said...

that is brillaint...!!! Cruel, but brilliant...

now i'll go an hide somewhere and cry...

smeg1959 said...

I think I'll join you, Oliver! I feel a right twit with my observation about it not being a modified Mk.I or V. Ike, brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

It is interesting to note that a rep from Sweet did see Ike's masterpiece, and the man himself comments that he hopes it may serve as a reminder of what we want.

BD99, you had the petition letter. Ike has the petition model. You would hope that SOMEONE out there at Sweet or similar will take the hint. Or do we have to steal the Imperial War Museum Duxford's Spitty (http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/conMediaFile.4660) and buzz them?!

bluedonkey99 said...

i'm not the only one who sent letters!

it could be a up hill battle, the dispaly at shizouka is more likely to achieve something than what the rest of us do......

lets hope they listen to the P144 guys!?

robertk said...

BD ,Well at moment they not respond the letters yet..but I will be pleasured if we had a Spit mkV..new tool..with options for normal wing,clipped wing, desert filter...,
We could start a moviment in internet... asking the companies for more unreleased 1/144 kits?
I wrote to Trumpeter..asking for injected kits of V-bomber family,b-17s,Su-27/30 and Su-24Fencer kits..

oliver said...

ooooo, i could certainly picture a nice Spitty MkV with wing and filter options... desert RAF, RAAF... oooo!

I am sure either sweet or platz would consider it, especially Sweet. Especially now that all the other 'main WW2 heroes' are done (Hurricane, Me109, Fw190, P51, Zero), there's no excuse left!!

Personally I wouldnt mind some IJN subjects apart from the Zero and Shiden. Would love to see some floatplanes (Rufe, Pete, Alf etc etc).

Also would like P40 variants!!

bluedonkey99 said...

our luck, they will just skip to the sabre!

robertk said...

Yes, since Platz will do the P-47D.. the next one good choice could be the P-40E.. in Desert,Pacific,russian,mediterranean ,schemes..versions..the Revell is rare..and Arii P-40N is very hard to turn in a good kit..
For the japanese..I would like to see a kit of Ki-61 and ki-84(Ls have one nice but is rare).. both planes have nice camo paintings and markings...(they could skipped the Nk-1 George a not so beautifull plane and more boring painting)

oliver said...

sabre? hmmm its just been done already, trumpeter shares molds with some other japanese brand i think. I have the trumpeter ones, and its pretty good.

I also agree on the IJA aircraft like the Ki84 or Ki61 (even a nice Ki43)... you are right abt the Nk1 shiden/george, boring aircraft with boring paint schemes. The only reason why i think they did models of it is because it was their equivalent to a 'modern' fighter in the likes of the P51 or the FW190D.

smeg1959 said...

It is interesting that we now often assess models by available colour schemes. It's probably why the Luftwaffe is so popular and the RAF so sparse in 1/144. My argument falls down a bit with Regia Aeronautica aircraft, as the camo options for planes like the Fiat G50 and the SM79/81/84 are plentiful, yet only the MC200 Saetta, MC202 Folgore and MC205 Veltro are readily available in the scale.

I agree that the Ki43, Ki61 and Ki84 all present some decent options for IJN aircraft. There's some options, too, for the Ki44 Tojo. Of the smaller twin-engined types, the Ki48 Lily has a good range of schemes, albeit that some are similar to F-Toys' Ki45 Nick. From the few schemes I've seen for the Ki102 Randy (including an unusual bluish-purple scheme that was used by 3 Chutai in 1945), it's also a good choice.

Oliver's comments regarding the P40 are spot-on. Some fantastic colour schemes, plenty of shark's teeth and tiger faces, used by US, RAF, RAAF, China, Russia, etc. Just look at Easy Model's 1/72 scale options. And who runs Easy Model ... Trumpeter. Hint, hint!