Revell = Minicraft?

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Revell = Minicraft?

Postby Ryan B. » Tue Jan 16, 2018 23:16

Does anyone know if this Revell Ki-61 is the same mold as the Minicraft Ki-61?
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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby smeg1959 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:11

According to Scalemates, they are. Couldn't locate any sprue shots to confirm this or not. Maybe someone who has the Minicraft version can post a happy snap of the box contents and allow you to check either way.
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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby TonyG2 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 14:55

I don't think they are the same although not 100% sure as I haven't seen the Revell WWII minis in that type of box before.

I have it in the old brown/yellow box

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Can't recall seeing it re-released as part of the Microwings range however (blue box)

I thought the Minicraft was the old Crown mold. The box art is similar

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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby Ryan B. » Wed Jan 17, 2018 17:23

Thank you, wise men.
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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby F_IV » Wed Jan 17, 2018 21:35

Those Crown moulds go around like herpes.
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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby MerlinJones » Wed Jan 17, 2018 22:52

F_IV wrote:Those Crown moulds go around like herpes.


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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby smeg1959 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:21

Merlin, you're back! And we've got a ginormous RAF GB just awaiting an entry or ten from you. ;)

Re: the original query, I found an ancient article (well, vintage 1973) from the short-lived Almark periodical Modelworld which suggests that the Hien was one of the "Mini" series of kits developed by Revell and not a re-issue of the Crown/AHM/Minicraft/Academy/Godnose Ki-61. Indeed, it actually pre-dates the Crown version by a year (1972 versus 1973). For a "what's in the box", I pilfered this photo from an evilBay advert ...

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Story goes that, just like we presume with F-Toys, there was an A and a B team. The A team which was part of Revell Japan did all the Japanese stuff, surprise, surprise. The B team (Revell USA) got the rest. The Japanese aircraft were regarded at the time as being easily the best of the bunch. Lo and behold, when Revell pulled out all the elderly moulds and did the short-lived "Micro Wings" series, guess what was NOT re-released? Mmmm ...
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Re: Revell = Minicraft?

Postby Ryan B. » Fri Jan 19, 2018 17:19

Thanks, Smeg, I notice the Minicraft sprue has, side by side on the sprue, options for landing gear up or landing gear down, a la F-Toys, while the Revell sprue you show has only landing gear down, a la, well, Revell.
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