For-Lorn, a Solemn Survivor.
A few years back I took catalog of my model collection. I had a lot of models. This did not surprise me. I did a rough estimation of how long it takes me to finish one model, and multiplied by how many non-completed models (started and not) I had. The number was a large one, a number that well exceeded the average human life span. This surprised me.
I decided to cut the collection. For the sake of my well-being (and available space), I made a vow, to only collect aircraft, in 1/48th scale, of anything that flew before September 1945. As you can imagine, this is still a huge category, and I have a lot of kits remaining. But it served to shave a significant part of my gatherings away and shrink the holdings to a more manageable size, something that I could reasonably expect to finish before I die. I sold tanks, boats, sci-fi and other odds and ends. Mostly, I sold a large amounts of 1/72s. I kept some, things that hold significant meaning to me or were exceptionally rare. Most of the ones I kept were because they were started already.
This was one of the started ones, and is one of the last remaining 1/72s in my collection. It is the Fine Molds Kyushu Q1W1 "Lorna." It survived the purge, as it was in a state of near completion. A straight forward kit, in the typical "limited run Hasegawa" feel of fine molding but some flash and a little bit of fit issues that earlier kits of this manufacturer has. I added some details, but didn't go crazy as I just wanted to get it done.
The aircraft itself has a claim to fame of being one of, if not the first, purposely designed anti-submarine aircraft. A roll that has become an important mainstay in military aviation. Depending on the source, some say it was inspired by the Junkers 88 and some say it merely was convergent evolution, designed to be stable and having the crew close together in one cockpit. It was slow, on purpose, and supposedly nice to fly and maintain. But I wouldn't want to be the man at the gun facing the late-war Hellcat swarm.
Thanks for looking.
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