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1/72 Warplanes
Corgi, Hobby Master, SkyMax, Witty Japanese
In diecastium, the only major air power in WWII more neglected than the Japanese is the Soviet Union. Available Japanese 1/72 scale warplanes include the Corgi Zero, which was produced in only one model, the A6M2 (there was no obvious difference between the Corgi A6M2 and A6M3); the Witty Zero, produced in a wide variety of models, including the A6M2, A6M3, and A6M5; the Hobby Master B5N "Kate", with two types; and the SkyMax D3A "Val", two types. All of these models are of Imperial Japanese Navy planes; Army types are pretty much ignored. Marushin produced a wide variety of 1/48 Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy models, but these are (except for a few of the less popular aircraft) hard to find, and Marushin hasn't restocked in quite some time. Also, I've noticed that a lot of vendors who previoiusly had a few Marushin remaining are no longer carrying the brand, and have probably sold their stock to other vendors.

The popularity, or more pointedlly, lack of popularity, of both Japanese and Soviet types seems to be based, frankly, on nationality. The British are interested in British types, the Japanese in Japanese types, and so forth. However, some collectors are interested in other qualities, such as colorfulness, aircraft design, uniqueness, and beauty. And, while there were a lot of really ugly Japanese WWII airplanes, by and large their combat aircraft were beautiful, combining flowing shapes with interesting combat-unit color schemes. However, with the passing of the years, and general lessening of interest in WWII types, I don't think we'll see many more manufacturers producing wider varieties of Japanese diecast, such as IJA fighters and bombers, or IJN bombers. Click on the thumbs below for layouts of each model shown.

Mitsubishi A6M2-21 Zero, Tainan NAC, IJNAF, Saburo Sakai - Corgi World War II, War in the Pacific
Type Fighter
Maker's item no. AA33103
Production run Unlimited
Aichi D3A1 "Val" Model II, Lt Maseo Yamaguchi, IJN Carrier Shokaku, Pearl Harbor Attack, Dec 7, 1941 - SkyMax Models
Type Dive Bomber
Maker's item no. SM5002
Production run Unlimited
Nakajima B5N2 "Kate", Soryu first attack wave, Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941 - Hobby Master
Type Torpedo Bomber
Maker's item no. HA2006
Production run Unlimited
A6M2 Zero Fighter, Kohnoike Flying Group - Witty Sky Guardians
Type Fighter
Maker's item no. WTW-72-012-006
Production run Unlimited

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