Wednesday, April 12

Infinity Models 32nd scale Val comes alive with new sprue, colours, decal & parts shots...

We did see some news of Infinity Model's new Val the other day. Today we see more on this 1/32nd scale kit packed full of detail. We get to see the colour schemes, the sprues, photo-etch & decals in our preview...

Infinity Models 32nd scale Val comes alive with new sprue, colours, decal & parts shots...

Aichi D3A1 Val
From Infinity Models 
Kit no. 151-3206
1/32nd scale
Price €96.70 (ex VAT)
The Aichi D3A Type 99 (Allied name "Val") is a World War II carrier dive bomber. It was the main dive bomber of the IIJN and was involved in almost all IJN actions, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Val" was the first Japanese aircraft to bomb American targets in the war, commencing with Pearl Harbor and U.S. bases in the Philippines.

Aichi D3A1 Type 99 “Val” dive bomber “AII-252” from the carrier Kaga, flies past Mount Fuji (apparently) during a training exercise in the Fall of 1941.
The Aichi D3A was the first Japanese plane to bomb American targets in World War II and the plane that sank more Allied shipping than any other. The D3A saw outstanding service during the first year of the war and proved to be one of the best dive bombers of its time. It began production in 1939 and was in production until the end of the war, with 1495 examples being built. 

The elliptical wing and fixed landing gear were two easy ways of identifying a Val...
The Val was easy to recognize with its elliptical wing and fixed landing gear (a feature no longer used on most aircraft of its time). After the initial successes in the first year of the war, the D3A's inferiority to Allied fighters resulted in heavy losses.  It was replaced in front-line service by the Aichi D4Y Suisei "Judy", though the Val remained in use until the war's end. Most of the Val's that were used in kamikaze attacks in the last months of the war were destroyed in the air.

The new kit from Infinity Model:
Infinity Model's new Val was a bit of a shock to many, but a welcome one to many more. Japanese aircraft lovers of WWII really wanted to see a new kit of this jut the shelves, and we can see now the parts of the kit in the latest information from Infinity Model.

Inside this kit you will find:
337 plastic parts on 9 sprues 
18 clear parts on a single sprue
55 photoetched parts on 2 frets
Two colour schemes from the Pearl Harbor raid 
A single decal sheet with national markings and a full set of technical stencils
The completed kit will be 319 mm long and 449 mm  in wingspan. 
The kit is available now through the Artscale.Eu website for €96.70 (ex VAT)