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New 1/350 WWII Japanese submarine kits from AFV Club

Postby Fred Tannenbaum » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:01 pm

In case you haven't heard, AFV Club is releasing two WWII Japanese submarine kits in 1/350 scale.

One due out this month is the Type B I-19 submarine with floatplane.

Another out TBA looks like another Type B submarine with a midget on its after deck.

Anyone built any AFV kits? Pros and cons?
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Postby hakkikt » Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:52 am

I'll never understand kit manufacturers. Almost nothing for decades, and now TWO kits in 1/350 of the I-19 (the other one is from Aoshima, with 2 photoetch sets offered as a supplement).
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Aoshima and AFV Club 1/350 IJN submarines

Postby Fred Tannenbaum » Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:35 pm

Thank you so very much for correcting me: In researching the AFV Club offering, I got them mixed up. Yes, AFV Club is releasing a 1/350 IJN I-19 submarine with floatplane. Aoshima is releasing its own I-19 in 1/350 but also an I-27 in the same scale (probably from the same molding) with a midget sub instead of the plane.

What do any of you like or dislike about AFV Club or Aoshima products?
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Postby hakkikt » Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:13 pm

I cannot comment on AFV Club, never seen a model of them.

As to Aoshima, they deliver decent injection molded kits that I would buy in a sealed box anytime.
Models are normally well researched; casting quality is very good, detail is good in representing the original but can be soft sometimes.

In comparison to other manufacturers (my experience is with 1:700 surface ships) I would put them below Dragon but on a par with Pit-Road.
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