A short post, but something that I can't keep silent about after seeing it since last month...
FUJIMI presents 1/700 scale Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier model with K-On! character decals. Essentially an Ita-carrier, or aircraft carrier version of itasha.
To be released in May (this month) for official retail price of 7800 Yen.
Out of all things, they decided to add anime character decals on an aircraft carrier?! Well maybe that works for some people, I don't know, but Ita-vehicles just don't work for me with some combinations - this is one of them. It reminds me an analogy comparing an itasha to, say, having ice-cream and curry mixed together; both are nice by themselves, but they can clash pretty awkwardly together. This is pretty much how I felt about this Ita-carrier. Makes me wonder how many people are actually gonna buy and build one.
For those who are interested, it is available on Hobby Search and Hobby Link Japan for pre-order.
Quick info on the Kitty Hawk itself - it is one of the last conventionally-fuelled (i.e. not nuclear powered) aircraft carrier used by the US Navy. Having served for nearly 49 years, she was decommisioned on 12th May last year. She is usually stationed in Yokosuka in Japan, but she has also participated in a number of conflicts, including Vietnam War, Somalia, as well as Iraq. More info can be found on Wikipedia.
No images of completed model with decals at the moment. Maybe we will see them once they are released. Speaking of K-On! I still haven't watched it yet despite the hype and that the second season (called K-On!!). Maybe I should watch it one day to see it myself whether it's worth appreciating or not.