Here's something you don't see everyday. I ran into this on a japanese site and ended up buying it. It hasn't arrived yet.
This is a 1/48 Aichi E16A1 Zuiun / Paul in "diecast." It is unclear to me in this case whether the term "diecast" on the box implies any metal or not - a quick look at the photos suggests that the fuselage may be metal, but this is far from certain.
Certainly one of the more unusal subjects to ever come out in 1/48 diecast.
Super cool! Could you share the link, I might get one too.Thanks, aeroeng
sorry, it was a site of 'used' items. the seller listed it as being 'new but with worn box and without a book.' a google image search suggests that it may have been part of some tie in with some book / comic.
this page has a very cheesy video with some additional views:
ive sent aeroeng a private message how to buy it. to allow him to get the best price available (currently around JPY 14000) ive not posted this publicly.
there are a few at this price on yahoo japan. plus ones for crazy prices - one is 98,000 yen. all this proves is that there are speculative and robo posters in japan just as there are on your local ebay.
I received this model today. Short version: 1/48 model of the year (though, I'm not sure it's a release from this year)
- It's mostly metal.
- Quality is "hobbymaster or better".
- Plenty of tampo and detail
- Canopy slides open in two places
- "Chipping" weathering is subtle and ok
really a very very nice model of a unique subject. a must get for expert-level ww2 1/48 collectors.
It's also by far the best seaplane available in 1/48 diecast, with the other competitors that I can think of being FM's Junkers F-13 and Zero on floats. If marushin did a floatplane it doesnt spring to mind.
Last edited by FortunateSon; 10-21-2019 at 01:54 PM.
Received this one today. Unbelievably cool! Brand new in a factory sealed box. Popped up on Ebay for $150 including shipping a few days ago. Ordered July 1 and received on July 7 from Japan. Super nice. Now I can mark this one off my list of "keep trying to get".