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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2022 2:56 p.m. PST

"The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force was of course created to support the Navy in its operations, and as Japan enthusiastically built aircraft carriers in the 1920s and 30s, so many such pilots were based on those carriers for operations at sea. However, the service also had much wider duties such as national defence and strategic bombing, and as a result was frequently employed on raids on large cities like Shanghai and Wuhan. It conducted around 5,000 such raids between 1938 and 1943, but with the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941 it found itself having to cover a vast area with rapidly diminishing resources, and facing an enemy who's industrial might would ultimately doom the short-lived empire of Japan…."

The seven figures in this set are made in a hard plastic. The first three poses are provided as single pieces, but the rest have some separate arms, legs and/or heads, which offers some limited scope for altering the figure. In our photograph we have followed the manufacturer's recommendations, and the resulting poses are really good in our view. As is suggested by the photo on the box, the poses work well as a group of men posing for a photo, although more generally they are perfectly good as relaxed, standing figures for any airfield scene. The last two figures are sitting as if in a cockpit, and are basically the same as each other except for the head, so clearly they have more specific uses, but the rest look very natural and very pleasing…"


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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2022 8:50 a.m. PST

They are quite fantastic miniatures. The reviewer gave them 10 out of ten on all domains.

The only complaint is that they are the only figures that this company does in this scale. Further releases to this standard would be so welcome.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2022 2:54 p.m. PST

Happy you like them my good friend…


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