1/72 Up-3D Orion “91st Squadron” Limited Edition

Silence subs with the 91st Squadron

Used for decades in pursuit of hostile subs, the P-3 Orion is one of the most successful maritime observation aircraft of all time. They have been used by nations the world over and seen service in more conflicts than most any other plane. Even today, the JMSDF relies on the Orion to carry out patrols over its extensive maritime holdings. The aircraft’s long endurance, high speed, and tail-mounted sensors make it perfect for patrolling the huge expanses of the Pacific. This limited edition kit features new resin parts and decals for one JMSDF aircraft.

Decal Option:

J.M.S.D.F. Fleet Air Wing 31 91st SQ. Code: 9161, 9162, 9163 Iwakuni A.B.

1/72 F-2B JASDF 60th Anniversary Limited Edition

The versatile “Viper Zero”

The Mitsubishi F-2B may not be the most famous fighter around, but it is certainly one of the most impressive. The F-2 has the distinction of being the first military aircraft equipped with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Its wing area is also 25 percent larger than other fighters in its class. Currently, there are 61 single-seat F-2As and 21 F-2B two-seat trainers flying worldwide! This limited edition kit features one marking option.

Decal Option:

JASDF 8th AW, 60th anniversary special marking, Code: 129 (43-8129), Tsuiki AB, November 2014

1/72 Kawasaki T-4 JASDF 60th Anniversary (2 kits) Limited Edition

Subsonic superstars

Powered by twin turbofan engines, the Kawasaki T-4 is the trusted trainer of the world-famous Blue Impulse aerobatic team. The T-4 can travel at top speeds up to 645 mph (1,038 km/h) – which is quite impressive for an intermediate subsonic trainer! This limited edition kit combo features two Kawasaki T-4 kits with two marking options.

Decal Options:

JASDF 13th FTW, 60th anniversary special marking, Code: 789, Ashiya AB, November 2014

JASDF 13th FTW, 60th anniversary special marking, Code: 806, Ashiya AB, November 2014

1/72 EA-18G Growler CVW5 Limited Edition

Take flight with the “Shadowhawks”

Established in 1987, VAQ-141 (nicknamed the “Shadowhawks”) transitioned to the EA-18G Growler in 2010. The “Shadowhawks” were the second active squadron to fly the aircraft, and the first to fly the EA-18G in carrier-based combat. Currently, VAQ-141 is part of the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) on the USS George Washington (CVN-73).

Decal Option:

US Navy, USS George Washington, VAQ-141 “Shadowhawks” CAG, Code: NF500

1/200 ANA Boeing B787-9

The definitive Dreamliner®.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner marks a turning point in commercial air travel. The 787 is among today’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, consuming 20 percent less energy than the popular 767. It is constructed of composite materials throughout, making the 787 far lighter than other similarly-sized aircraft. The 787-9 features further improvements including a lengthened fuselage, increased fuel capacity, and increased maximum takeoff weight. The -9s range is so great that it is used on nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne. Kit features decals for a single ANA aircraft.

Decal Option:

ANA Code: JA830A

1/48 Lavochkin LA-7 156 IAP Limited Edition

Packed with piston power

The Lavochkin La-7 held its own against German fighters, thanks to an impressive top speed of 411 mph (661 km/h) and a maximum of three 20 mm cannon placements. In 1947, the Soviet Air Force phased out the La-7, while the Czechoslovak Air Force continued flying them for three more years.

Decal Options:

Soviet Union AF, 156 IAP CO, Lt. Col. SF Dolgushin, Code: 93, 1945

Soviet Union AF, 32 Gv. IAP, Maj. V. Orekhov, Code: 23, 1944

1/700 Japanese Navy Light Cruiser Tenryu

Swift spear of the IJN

Tenryu and her sister ship Tatsuta were tough Japanese light cruisers commissioned just after the first world war and used in WWII. Tenryu fought at Wake island, off Guadalcanal, and extensively in the waters around New Guinea before falling prey to USS Albacore in late 1942. The vessels itself was a new design intended to lead destroyer flotillas. It was long, thin, and fast for a cruiser, but carried lighter armor and armament than other cruisers. Kit features two sets of decals.

Decal Options:

I.J.N. July, 1942 (after anti-aircraft weapons are increased)

I.J.N. December, 1941 (the outbreak of war)

1/72 F-15 Eagle JASDF 60th Anniversary Part 2 Limited Edition

Soaring into the stratosphere

The F-15J Eagle stands apart from most contemporary fighters, thanks to its improved avionics support, AN/APG-63(V)1 radar and AAM-4 missile capabilities. Today, the JASDF has a fleet of 165 F-15J Eagles, complemented by an additional, smaller fleet of 48 F-15DJ two-seat trainers. In honor of the JASDF’s sixtieth anniversary in 2014, select F-15Js were decorated with a special, commemorative livery. This limited edition kit features one marking option.

Decal Option:

JASDF 8th AW, 304th Sq., JASDF 60th anniversary special marking, Code: 865 (62-8865), Tsuiki AB, November 2014

1/48 Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Kate Model 3 Limited Edition

Japan’s deadliest bomber

A bomb from a B5N2 caused half the casualties at Pearl Harbor when it detonated the forward magazine of the battleship Arizona. As the war progressed, the bomber sank three American carriers and numerous other vessels. Near the end of the war, this three-seat bomber was used in kamikaze strikes against Allied shipping at Okinawa, causing massive damage and casualties. Not a single B5N2 survived the war intact, but you can own this limited edition kit that features three sets of decals!

Decal Options:

I.J.N. 931st N.F.G. Code: KEB303 Kushira A.B. April 1945

I.J.N. 951st N.F.G. Code: Oki-303 Okinawa March 1945

I.J.N. 931st N.F.G. Code:  KEB325 Saeki A.B. Early 1945

1/700 Japanese Navy Light Cruiser Tatsuta

Iron lance of the IJN

Tatsuta and her sister ship Tenryu were tough Japanese light cruisers commissioned just after the first world war and used in WWII. Tatsuta followed Tenryu into the Second Sino-Japanese war then, during WWII, fought at Wake Island, off Guadalcanal, and extensively in the waters around New Guinea before catching a torpedo from USS Sand Lance in 1944. The vessels of the Tenryu class were new designs intended to lead destroyer flotillas. Long, thin, and fast for cruisers, their only flaws were in their light armament. Kit features two sets of decals.

Decal Options:

I.J.N. July, 1942 (after anti-aircraft weapons are increased)

I.J.N. December, 1941 (the outbreak of war)

Paul Tosney – Model Builder International – www.modelbuilderinternational.com

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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