"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Monday, March 26, 2012

1/72 Scratch-Built "Cosmo Falcon" Model!

KuWa's scratch-built 1/72 Cosmo Falcon space combat fighter.

The May Issue of Dengeki Hobby Magazine (on sale now in Japan) features a special spotlight on SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199, and naturally, there are going to be several beautiful layouts of photography with models based on the new series. The previously-released 1/500 scale Yamato (based on the YAMATO: 2199 version) is to be reissued by Bandai as an official YAMATO: 2199-related product. Hopefully, the series will be a success and we'll see model kits and other merchandising from this exciting and faithful remake. For one, I'd like to see the re-imagined Black Tiger space combat fighter, dubbed the "Cosmo Falcon".

Undercarriage detail on KuWa's 1/72 scratch-built Cosmo Falcon.

Named after the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (or "Peregrine Falcon"), the Cosmo Falcon was conceived to replace the original Black Tiger (while invoking it's basic shape) to better match the Type-52 Cosmo Zero space fighter from the 1974 series (itself named after the Mitsubishi A6M Zero), which has been carried over for YAMATO: 2199. On his blog this past weekend, the modeller known as "KuWa", featured these two photos on his blog, Frame Out, and briefly described scratch-building this "Cosmo Falcon" in 1/72 scale for one of the Dengeki Hobby layouts — so, here are two photos of his scratch-built beauty.

Hopefully, if the stars are aligned, we can look forward to an official kit (and a lot more) in the near future!

Stay tuned to this blog and the official Star Blazers website for more news and information on SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 as they develop — and soon, we'll be off to outer space, with glue, putty, and paint!

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