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Nov 8 13 4:08 PM

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Hi everybody!
imageHi everybody!
Some years ago I obtained this kit from ebay for under 10$ and was very happy to see that it's pretty decent, with fine panel lines etc. All trees have the stamp "Made in Japan", but the name of the company was made unrecognizable. I forgot about the model (never started building it). I made some inspection of my stash recently and was curious to know which kit was this originally. The net says it’s an Otaki rebox.
If so is this kit retro?
Was the original Otaki kit manufactured before 1980 - I can't remember it?
Cheers!
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snake45

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Nov 8 13 4:26 PM

All the AMT 1/48 airplanes of that series are Otaki/ARII reboxes and are fully Retro-legal.

AMT also reboxed the Otaki P-51, P-47, F6F, F4U, FW190, Spit IX, and A6M Zero. All the "good stuff," none of the lesser-known Japanese fighters.

Airfix also reboxed some of them. I know they did the P-51, not sure which others.

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Nov 8 13 7:08 PM

Musical molds

Yves:

       As indicated:

       The molds have been around, Otaki, Arii, Airfix, AMT, in no particular order.

        Good, basic builds, if (as Troy said) you don't "anorak" over what they got wrong.

         Anorak= rivet counter here in the former colonies.

          With all the schemes and markings, an inexpensive ME/BF 109 that you could get a couple of is a good thing.

          Hows the truck research going? I wuz looking at that streamlined '39(?) Labatts "tanker"diecast, and I was tempted. I've always been attracted to the whole late 30s streamline in vehicles.

Bernie
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          The curse of the new decal sheet! Or Histoire book.

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Nov 8 13 7:46 PM

The Otaki 109 is a good, basic (though not spectacular) 109G-6 or G-5. You could prolly convert it to most F variants if you were so inclined. (And not TOO anal about things.)

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canso

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Nov 9 13 2:54 PM

berniehackettjr
Hows the truck research going? I wuz looking at that streamlined '39(?) Labatts "tanker"diecast, and I was tempted. I've always been attracted to the whole late 30s streamline in vehicles.
Bernie


Bernie, thank you for asking! There is not much of research on my side anymore. image I gave all I knew (and mostly what I didn't knowimage) to a friend who asked. I don't know did he find anything more in the meantime, if anything at all...

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Nov 9 13 3:06 PM

snake45The Otaki 109 is a good, basic (though not spectacular) 109G-6 or G-5. You could prolly convert it to most F variants if you were so inclined. (And not TOO anal about things.)

Snake, thanks for the details!
I also find it's a nice kit. I wanted to convert the original to a late G-2 model. The bulbs for the guns over the engine are separate parts, so it's easy to build the model without them. But the wings are molded with the bulbs on the topsides for the deeper wheel wells. Early G-2 and I think all F-models didn't have theese. The canopy of the F is also different so IMHO it will require more changes to make an F, rather than any of the G-family (no G-6AS though). I have a high (wooden) tail from an Academy kit and this can change the model into a late G-6 or even G-14 etc.
I still think I can use it now as a flying (wheels up) model for a small diorama fighting vs. a Mustang or a Lightning or so.
Cheers!

Yves Marino

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