Saturday, April 29, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I don't know what it means as I don't quite understand what it said on the magazine but when looked at my small collections, I found actually the WTM07 special, Otto Carius Tiger I, has Zimmerit on it. I think Takara already has some molds with Zimmerit and I bet they will be included in the coming releases very soon. (The pictures shown here are the WTM07 special together with the WTM05 Tiger I.)
There are some news last couple days. If you haven't read them, here they are:
1. The mystery Yujin gashapon tanks. It's for sale in Japan but still no news where to buy them. It's a surprise that it does include some figures. So far, from the pictures, the quality looks good. Since they are die cast tanks, I think someone likes the weight but I don't quite like it as I orginal want to get a Mobelwagen and mod all the side armors opened. Now seems not possible.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Couple weeks ago, I posted some pictures of some "N" scale figures which I had bought for a while. I put them together with my 1/144 collections the other day trying to find out if they can fit in.
The first picture above is a tourist set with the Dragon Maus set in Museum setting. The second picture on the left is the same set but put together with the Konami JGSDF series. I think they can fit in with the tank and little diorama nicely.
Finally, I put together side by side the workers set from Preiser with the soldier from JGSDF series. Surprisingly, they are about the same size. In conclusion, these Preiser figures can be used together with the 1/144 kit without any noticeable differences.
The last picture also shows you the quality of these Preiser figures. I always made a comment that some 1/144 or N scale figures by other manufacturers are dwarf-like or hobbits such as they all have big head, big hands and big feet. However, as shown by Preiser, a right proportion figure in 1/144 is doable. I'm really looking forward to Preiser's first 1/144 military set.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Details are reasonably well sculpted and re-produced for a mass produced kit (I know it's hand built resin kit but I think they still qualified as mass production). The problem of this kit I think is the proportion of the kit. I tried to put all pieces back together and I found the kit is too tall. Somehow not in proportion. More pictures can be found here.
What about May version of Model Graphix? It shows a Tiger I, a King Tiger and a Panther with Zimmerit. After seeing these, I won't hold my breath for WTM10. Probably some remake from prior series again with some interior details, zimmerit,...etc. To me, Zimmerit is not something high tech. Dragon has done that in their early series such as King Tiger (Porsche turrent) or JagdTiger so nothing new about it. I'm very disappointed if Takara thought it would get us excited.
One last piece is Dragon has updated the Cando page with the new Jagdpanzer series. Check it out.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
I made a mistake the other day. The LCAC actually is included in the second set called Operation D-2, the one we talked about the other day was D-1. This set is scheduled to release on 8/14 and the first set is scheduled on 7/24. The interesting thing about this set is most of the items are in 1/144 scale. Sadly the LCAC is 1/700. I want a 1/144.
Here is the line-up
1. 1/144 Deep Sea Research Submarine - Shinkai 2000 (Type A)
2. 1/144 Deep Sea Research Submarine - Shinkai 2000 (Type B)
3. 1/144 JASDF Rescue Helicopter UH-60J
4. 1/144 CH47-J (JASDF)
5. 1/700 LCAC Landing Craft
6. 1/700 Deep Sea Research Vessel Chikyu
7. 1/144 JGSDF Type 73 Truck (old) and Type 73 Jeep (old)
8. 1/144 Type 73 Ambulance
9. 1/144 Crane (???)
10. Secret item
More info of the original ships can be found here.
The only problem with this kit is the windshield is solid and then painted in silver. I prefer Metal Troops put a cover on it and then turn it down on top of the hood or simply made a hold so we can put a clear plate on it. Anyway, a nice kit. Recommended.
More pictures can be found here in my web.
You probaby know WTM09 is selling in Japan now but my vendor has not notified me yet. Any news from you guys?
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Hobbylink has a couple of 1/144 items from a company called "Easy Model". There is a LCM 3 (see above) which I think it's very similar to the one from Trumpeter. It's kind of comfusing if they are coming from the same mold. As you may know, these trumpeter kits are distributed in the U.S. under the name of Museum Collection of Pegasus. In Japan, I think some 1/144 tanks were released under the Trumpeter brand. And now, there is another name "Easy Model" which is going to release same tanks from Trumpeter molds. Another reason I suspect these are amde by Trumpeter molds is the other 2 offers from Easy Model are the 60cm Ziu and Odin which have also been released by Trumpeter both in kit and pre-built form.
I can understand for business reasons, manufacturers like Trumpeter need to find some good partners to distribute the products in different region. But I think it's too confusing if the same line of products are distributed under different names. If you're not careful, you may buy unwanted duplicated items. ( Another reason I create this blog to save you $$$ :-) )
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
When I was looking for something in my garage during the weekend, I found these 2 "N" scale figure sets from Preiser. I totally forgot I had bought these many years ago before I moved to the U.S. as they were hidden in one of those carton boxes. I think I will try to put them together with the Cando or WTM and see how it feels. The first set above is an industrial worker set which I think can be changed to soldiers (or workers in a tank factory :-) ) easily.
Monday, April 03, 2006
As seen in the picture, you can see it's a little bit smaller than 1/144 and yes, it's about 1/10 smaller than Dragon Cando. However, if you don't put them side by side, I think the difference may not be so noticeable. To me, I'm satisfied with the result. Next target, a "N" steam loco with a reasonable price as I don't want to pay for $200 just for a diorama. More pictures can be found here.