AIRCREW FIGURES FOR BORDER’S NEW 1/35 B5N2 KATE

British firm Albion Alloys is releasing four new resin Japanese aircrew figures to populate the stunning 1/35 Nakajima B5N2 Kate from Border Model.

AIRCREW FIGURES FOR BORDER’S NEW 1/35 B5N2 KATE

You may have seen our exclusive review of Border Model’s forthcoming 1/35 Japanese carrier Akagi deck section with island, and its accompanying B5N2 Kate aircraft (which you can also buy either on their own). The package is impressive, although no figures are included. This has prompted Border’s UK importer Albion Alloys to produce its own set of 1/35 Imperial Japanese Navy aircrew figures. They have been created in conjunction with Bob Brown of former company Model Design Construction, and they are as follows:

•    Bomb Aimer/Observer (seated)
•    Radio Operator/Rear Gunner (seated)
•    Pilot Sitting
•    Pilot Standing

The detail is splendid, with harnesses and life-preservers being well rendered, and the replication of Far-Eastern features is credible. All figures are cast in resin; the standing pilot comes with a separate parachute pack, while the radio operator has an alternative left arm included. The figures will be available direct from Albion Alloys later this year, the price yet to be announced.