But - even more exciting: now Hasegawa is about to come out (in December) with this:
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Now the original Hasegawa 1:450 Shinano mold was a real dog (even for back in its day - I know, as I have one in my stash), but today there is every indication that, with this new retooling Hasegawa will more than make up for the prior deficiencies. First of all, note at the above link such promising statements (machine-translated) as: "Completely new mold", and "The hull also reproduced the difference in the bulge like Yamato Metropolitan". Which latter can only mean that the underwater bow bulb has, just as anticipated, been corrected per observations of the wreck(s) of Yamato (and now Musashi), as now widely publicized (i.e., "Metropolitan"). Both of the above supported by the observed proliferation and prominence of the computer 3D-graphics (even on the box, above) attending this kit.
Secondly, this redone Shinano is also being attended by the release of its 450-scale aircraft - undoubtedly also-retooled - comprised of 3x each of C6N Myrts, B6N Jills, N1K Georges, B7A Graces and 6x A6M52 Zeros. This is particularly intriguing since, while the original Shinano had some of the worst renditions of (precisely these) propeller planes (though they did boast raised canopy-framing), its Hasegawa 450-scale contemporary, Akagi, had from its very beginnings in the '70s (IIRC) the very best propeller-aircraft of any 400-600 scale kit! Being Akagi, however, they were all pre-Midway aircraft; Vals, Kates and of course (earlier-model) Zeroes. With the newly-retooled Shanano, then, it is logical and seems highly likely that Hasegawa intendeds this accompanying aircraft set (a one-third taste of which comes already included in the kit) to likewise add the very best-ever renditions of the above, late-war IJN carrier-borne aircraft, in 450-scale, to round out their IJN stable. And all this - note, at the above link - for a paltry sum of about $12.85: less than 72 cents a plane!
I can tell you - one way or another - I will get ahold of a(t least one) copy of this new Shinano kit...
And again, if you want to make a joint order(s), Donny, just eMail me, buddy!