It has been a while since I have touched a model. Work getting in the way of life again! So I thought I would share the enjoyment of unboxing this ‘venerable’ kit. I got it from ‘Lots of Models’ in Missouri, and it made it to Australia unscathed, and in good time. So, thanks to the the guys there.
According to scalemates.com it was originally produced in 197? and also reboxed in 197?. Judging by the pictures of the box on scalemates, this is the rebox. Even if it was a late 70’s model, it is, probably at least 40 years old. According to my reading, Nichimo were founded in 1951 and finally stopped trading in 2013, although they had not produced a new kit in ‘decades’. I would of course be interested if anyone could add to this information.
The box is doing quite well for its age! It may however have been a little moist at some point in its past as the decals, which I had planned to replace anyway, are looking a little worse for wear! Many parts had become detached from the sprues, although the original seals on the plastic bags had not been broken. There was a card ‘blueprint-style’ line drawing in the box and some ancient glue. While I am tempted, in the name of an authentic 1970s experience, I think I’ll stick with the ‘Tamiya thin’!
Although there are some obvious issues, I am not too disappointed by the detailing on the kit, and with a little scratch building it may make into a very basic version of The Jake.
The issues with this model are well-documented. The engine detail is minimal, and the cockpit is fairly non-existent since it was sacrificed in order to accommodate a mini-motor to spin the prop! The box shows the ‘Mabuchi Mini Baby Motor’ suggested, so I googled it and it could still be sourced.
I am am faintly tempted to put a motor in it out of respect to ‘antiquity’! That, and the fact that it might be fun – this was after all, a toy/model crossover in the eyes of many. The problem is that the thought of the sparse cockpit really bugs me! So I’ll make decision about it across the next few weeks. To go for the genuine experience that the kit was designed to deliver or to scratch-build the missing elements? The second option is the clear favourite, but if I could squeeze a motor in too……
13 attached images. Click to enlarge.