20 May 2010
IDOLM@STER Ita-plane spotted
Not as shocking as the Ita-carrier from last post, but still more military hardware are falling to the itasha treatment recently as shown in the recent Shizuoka Hobby Show 2010. This time it's various US military aircrafts from Hasegawa clad with character decals from THE IDOLM@STER.
First victim: 1/48 scale A-10 Thunderbolt II with decals of Otonashi Kotori (音無小鳥). To be released in June 2010, retail price 5460 Yen.
Second victim: 1/48 scale F/A-18F Super Hornet with decals of Akizuki Ritsuko (秋月律子). To be released in May (this month), retail price 7140 Yen
Third victim (one image only): 1/48 scale F-117A Nighthawk with decals of Hagiwara Yukiho (萩原雪歩). To be released in July, retail price 5460 Yen.
According to GA Graphic, this is going to be the second set of IDOLM@STER ita-fighter models. This means a similar set was released before and they prove to be popular (or else why would Hasegawa make more of them?).
After looking at the pictures, I'd say that I would prefer the first set over this second set - at least the general colours look more appealing to me (execpt for that shocking pink F-22A Raptor which almost gave me a heart attack), and even though I am not into ita-planes, I prefer the decals on the first set over the newer ones in terms of placements and matching to the colours. The green colours of the A-10 and Super Hornet there really does not work well for me. Well, personal preferences really.
If you do want to have a look at them on online shops, you can search for them on Hobby Search, Hobby Link Japan, and AmiAmi.
All images are from GA Graphic