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May MOM winner

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The Mitsubishi F1M (Allied reporting name "Pete") was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 1,118 built between 1936 and 1944. The Navy designation was "Type Zero Observation Seaplane" (零式水上観測機), not to be confused with the Type Zero Carrier Fighter or the Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane.

The F1M1 was powered by the Nakajima Hikari MK1 radial engine, delivering 611 kW (820 hp), a maximum speed of 368 km/h (230 mph) and operating range of up to 1,072 km (670 mi) (when overloaded). It provided the Imperial Japanese Navy with a very versatile operations platform.

The F1M was armed with a maximum of three 7.7 mm machine guns (two fixed forward-firing and one flexible rear-firing) with provision for two 60 kg bombs.

History adapted from Wikipedia.
the model
Hasegawa filled a long standing void when they released their 1/48 'Pete' in 2009. Previous to that the only possibility was Tamiya's ancient and hollowed 1/50 example which first saw the light of day in 1967.
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About the Author

About Metodi Metodiev (EmperoR)
FROM: SOFIYA, BULGARIA

I am born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1984. My modeler life started in mid 90's with Italeri's 1:72 MH-6 but its tiny size gave me hard time building it. I am currently PhD student in the Earth magnetism domain.


Comments

Awesome job and a well-deserved win!
JUN 14, 2014 - 01:37 AM
Metodi has added some interior shots.
JUN 14, 2014 - 03:23 AM
This is the model I have voted for (which rarely happens) - my views are either going mainstream or the majority of the voters are cultivating (fine) tastes for the obscure and rare? I have an inkling this build had a lot to offer and I'm glad to see it in its feature form - looks very good overall and level of detail! Makes me want one. P.S. Is this the first IJN subject to win in quite a while?
JUN 16, 2014 - 07:47 PM
Thanks for your comments fellows, I am really happy about how many people voted for me. I cannot stress enough that the kit was excellent. I had only minor issues with the constuction wich left me with plenty of time and nerves to experiment and do some scratch.
JUN 18, 2014 - 09:19 PM