If there's some hidden message, it may be that the old conservatives in charge of the Japanese model companies are patriotically boosting the JMSDF by showing past examples of Japan's naval prowess. With tensions growing with their neighbors, there is doubt in the Japanese public whether their pricey navy, untested in battle for nearly eighty years, can adequately defend the country. Perhaps the pro-military (or pro-defense, however you wish to call it) types hope to reassure the public that they can indeed rely on the navy. Yay!
As for model companies' choices of subject, once they have covered the popular money-makers, it becomes a crap shoot. Some try to avoid subjects other manufacturers might make (the near simultaneous release of Trumpeter's and Academy's Indianapolis seemed to sour the latter company on ship subjects); others make subjects willy-nilly (is Trumpeter's overhead so low, or their subsidies so high, that they can keep releasing kits which would seem to be money-losers---how many Abercrombie/Roberts kits could they have sold? Or the Besson MB.411 floatplane, as carried by Surcouf--Trumpy sells them in a pack of twelve, but there
were only three of the ugly little planes built)...It seems Trumpeter's throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks srrategy is aimed at grabbing market share and hastening the decline of its competitors...And the worst method for choosing a subject is listening to modelers' requests, because they'll ask incessantly for a subject, but upon its release will find some reason not to buy it!
: what fascinates me, in a sense, is the thought
: process that goes into the selection of that
: particular subject. Japanese ship model
: companies do seem to show a preference for
: ships that were lost to IJN action. Is it a
: deliberate policy or just some underlying
: cultural or historical bias? I have always
: wished I could see the minutes of the
: meetings where model companies (and not just
: Japanese ones) pick their subjects. The
: thought process would be very interesting.
: And before someone says, "They make
: what they think will sell," that just
: begs the question. Why, for example, did
: Airfix think that a kit of the Supermarine
: Swift would sell better than a new Hunter?
: Or Avenger? Would it really? Any modeller
: can probably think of a bunch of examples
: like this.
: --Previous Message--
: " Aoshima's box art panders to the
: right wing militaristic mentality that
: regards war criminals as martyrs and
: atrocities as acts of war ...."
: Why would Aoshima choose to 'pander' as you
: claim and not Hasegawa ? is it deliberate ?
: Btw, the rescue of Exeter 's survivors is
: considered notable by virtue of the fact
: that the Japanese went out of their way to
: rescue her survivors who expected no such
: succor, so that fact alone puts paid to your
: comment, at least with regard to the Exeter
: box art.
: As for the loss of Wasp , an excellent
: article includes commentary by survivors of
: the I-19 who recalled that they expressed
: (I believe the word is) 'sorrow' at the fact
: that American sailors were now dying aboard
: the ship so that rather deflates this
: unwarranted animus--as I see it--about art
: which, again, as I have pointed numerous
: times also extends to depictions of IJN men
: o'war afire and sinking. Would that appeal
: to the types you mentioned as well ?
: As for seeing Dorsetshire " in the
: foreground at flank speed fighting off an
: air attack ..." if I recall correctly
: she was smothered in flames and smoke
: immediately since she was hit by the first
: aircraft to dive on her. True, a picture
: could be painted, but it would be wise to
: restrict it to the opening dives of the
: Vals .
: Randy Stone