WIP – Modern Naval Japanese – Aircraft

2014-11-11 00.52.24I finally got around to working on the aircraft to support the modern Japanese fleet I built for playing Shipwreck! The ships are 1/3000th scale but the aircraft are 1/1200th scale, purchased from Magister Militum. Magister Militum have two ranges of aircraft, Cap Aero and 617 squadron.with the Cap Aero slightly finer models than 617 Squadron.Having said that, both ranges produce some nice aircraft.

The two ranges cover modern aircraft from the major powers. The aircraft are modelled with wheels.down, I guess as they would have made a good addition to 1/1200 or 1/1250 scale carriers or models of an airfield.

I snipped the undercarriage off in most cases as part of the clean up process. I had some hexagonal bases from Magister Militum as well but I found when mounting larger aircraft they were a little unstable. Enter the Philippine Central Bank The 10 and 25 centavo coins, apart from being magnetic, provide an extra degree of stability.

2014-11-11 00.52.05There are no Japanese Aircraft but fortunately the Japanese companies work with US aircraft manufacturers to produce localised versions. So, the McDonald Douglas F-16 is produced locally in Japan by Mitsubishi with a slightly larger planform (about 25% larger) but to all intents and purposes is an F-16. So, the F-16 doubles as a Mitsubishi F-2.

The Japanese also use F-4 Phantoms so I get to have one of my favourite aircraft on the table. The Kawasaki Company made a local version of the Neptune so the model is filling in for a Kawasaki P-2J Neptune.

The last two aircraft are some helicopters. The Sikorsky Super Stallion, a heavy lifting ‘copter and another MItsubishi local production of an American ‘copter, the Mitsubishi SH-60J Seahawk.

The brass rods these are mounted on are at various heights. 4cm is used for maritime patrol aircraft like the Neptune, 3cm for attack aircraft like the F-2 and 2cm for helicopters. I have plans to mount some missiles on a 1cm base but that may need to wait until after I have a sanity check.

I’m looking forward to getting some paint on these on Sunday.

5 thoughts on “WIP – Modern Naval Japanese – Aircraft

  1. Dave D. 14 November 2014 / 12:22 am

    Don’t forget that the Japanese also use F-15s and E-2s and have ordered the F-35.


    • Thomo the Lost 14 November 2014 / 12:26 am

      Yes, I may do a round two or three of aircraft but I thought I’d start with enough for a couple of small games, so get the Japanese, Chinese and Indian air done first, a couple of each aircraft, then let the megalomania take over 🙂


  2. Karl Heinz 18 November 2014 / 4:51 am

    Hello Thomo

    If I may advertise a bit…
    I have been designing 1:1200 aircraft to fill gaps in Magister Militum’s ranges, including the Kawasaki P1 patrol aircraft, available throuhg the 3d printing service of Shapeways


    I guess, for you the main problem could be their postage to wherever you want it sent

    Karl Heinz


  3. Thomo the Lost 18 November 2014 / 9:27 am

    Indeed KH … Shapeways’ postage is famous or its rapaciousness.

    the stuff you’ve got there looks really neat though and I was severely tempted woth the Il-28 if for no other reason that it was an early model kit I made.


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