The 1/12th scale resin body next to the 1/25th scale injection molded part
This last Saturday, Toy Collector was at James May's Toy Fair in Central London - the toy extravaganza event put on to tie in with the new hit TV series, James May's Toy Stories where the Top Gear presenter and a bunch of willing volunteers built a life-size Lego house, entered a Plasticene garden in the Chelsea Flower Show, recreated Brooklands in Scalextric and built a life-size Airfix Spitfire kit among other great stunts.
It seems to be Hasegawa week at SMN, but sometimes repetition is worth it - or at least it is if you're a long-time fan of those portly little plastic Egg Planes that used to decorate my shelves.
This time round, we get nine of them in ‘Limited Edition' form, with one new-tool addition in the form of an F-15 Eagle.
The very first Lancaster kit was produced by Airfix, way back in the late 1950s. Since then, the ‘Lanc' has been produced in a variety of scales and variations. Tamiya's 1:48 Dam Buster is one of the biggest and best, while this ASR Mk III from Hasegawa is one of the most interesting.
Designed for air-sea rescue duties after World War II, the ASR Mk III was unusual for its main load, a full-size lifeboat, filling the entire length of the modified bomb bay. When released, the lifeboat parachuted into the sea.