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imageHi guys!
Has anybody of you built this particular object?image
Is it retro (before 1980) or is it a copy of a retro (e.g. Monogram)? I know Nichimo repacked Monogram's "Dauntless" and Lindberg's "Me-262" and have had some Japanese airplanes, but what about the "Emil"?
Is it more from the "no cockpit/raised panel lines/gazillion of rivets" timelineimage or eventually newer and better?
Thanks in advance!Cheers!

Yves Marino

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snake45

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Nov 4 13 3:05 PM

I'm guessing from the box design that it IS retro-legal. We'll consider it such until proven otherwise.

As to what's inside, I have no idea. I do know that their 1/48 P-51D was 100% original, not someone else's tooling, with its own good and bad points (mostly bad).

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Nov 4 13 3:44 PM

Go to Scalemates.com and enter Nichimo Bf.109 in the search box. It should show the kit's pedigree. Adios, Larry.

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Nov 4 13 5:09 PM

csmoGo to Scalemates.com and enter Fujimi Bf.109 in the search box. It should show the kit's pedigree. Adios, Larry.

Larry, I've already checked the Nichimo "pedigree" image @ scalemates, before asking, but there is nothing about the kit there - year of production or a product timeline.
 

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Nov 4 13 9:14 PM

I Googled Nichimo 1/48 Bf.109E and the first entry was an except of Finescale Modeler. com, with a poster stating that Nichimo's 109 was a licensed copy of the classic Monogram kit. For what it's worth. Adios, Larry.

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Nov 5 13 7:46 AM

csmo....Nichimo's 109 was a licensed copy of the classic Monogram kit....

Yep! Thanks Larry!image
I also found a list with several Nichimo kits resp. their origin in a French forum.
SBD, SB2C-5, Spitfire Mk.IX and Bf 109E (or as it is wrongly labeled Me 109E) are older Monogram kits.
BTW Snake, the P-51 kit is given there as an offspring of the Kogure (Bandai) "Mustang".

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Nov 5 13 7:59 AM

Nichimo reboxes

Canso:

        Trying to remember if they also had some Lindberg stuff, though it might have been UPC.

         I remember seeing the ME box, and wondering.

        Seems to me that was in the early 70s.

         Thanks for clearing that up for me, bet there's a story there.

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Bernie

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Nov 5 13 10:44 AM

berniehackettjrTrying to remember if they also had some Lindberg stuff, though it might have been UPC.

Bernie, as per the information from the French forum I mentioned above this kit is a Lindberg-rebox:
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Yves Marino

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Nov 5 13 3:13 PM

The Nichimo Mustang is absolutely NOT related to the Bandai in any way. The Bandai is sort of a 3rd-rate copy of the Hawk/Testor kit. The Nichimo was an attempt to shrink the Monogram Phantom Mustang to 1/48. They even did a clear version with lots of internal guts, though I never personally saw one of those.

It DID have droppable flaps and a late uncuffed square-tipped prop, though. And HVAR rockets and large drop tanks or napalm bombs. Interesting kit in its way.

That 262 definitely looks Lindbergy, from what I can tell from the in-box photo. Odd to see it in white instead of dog-puke green.

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Nov 5 13 5:59 PM

snake45The Nichimo Mustang is absolutely NOT related to the Bandai in any way. The Bandai is sort of a 3rd-rate copy of the Hawk/Testor kit. The Nichimo was an attempt to shrink the Monogram Phantom Mustang to 1/48. They even did a clear version with lots of internal guts, though I never personally saw one of those.

Snakle, I'm sure you're right about this. If you follow the link I gave above (the blue word Bandai) you'll see the transparent "Mustang". I don't understand what is written thereimage, but I guessed it is some kind of comparison between the Nichimo and Bandai kits. Or maybe not?
Anyways, this has nothing to do with the "Emil". 
Cheers!

Yves Marino

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Nov 5 13 7:27 PM

The Bandai Mustang has a wing spar, wing fuel tanks, and complete gun bays, all of which disappear inside the built wing. It also has an engine and mounts (which I didn't use in mine), and oxygen bottles in the fuselage. I never realized they made a clear version of it but that makes sense given all the guts.

I remember seeing a writeup of the clear Nichimo Mustang in an early '70s Scale Modeler, but never actually saw that kit. I was able to procure two copies of the non-clear Nichimo, one of which I've had under construction since 1972 and the other of which is minty.

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Nov 5 13 7:51 PM

Nichimo ME 262

Yves:

       I was wondering where I got that idea.

        Now I know.

         Is that a stand I see, circular, silver,with the globe on it? The Lindberg, as I recall, had a transparent volar type thing with an upright, with an oval for the lower part, which said what the plane was, in raised letters.

          Finally got to see what's inside the box.

           Thanks,

Bernie
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