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Pit Roads 1/350 IJN Seamen
Gunny
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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 04:57 AM GMT+7
MSW Crew-mate Dade W. Bell (Karybdis) gives us a closer look at Pit Roads new 1/350 scale IJN Seamen set !

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Thanks!
~Gunny
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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 09:39 AM GMT+7
Very nice little guys. Not only would it be nice to get some pilots but also some little fellas for the DKM and USN. What the heck some British guys would be nice as well.

Thanks Dade!

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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 12:17 PM GMT+7
More little people... cant have too many, these look much better than the gingerbread men of yonder
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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 01:53 PM GMT+7
Personally I think Dade was a bit harsh in his rating. 40 different poses in 3d.at $16.... that alone warrents a 100% in my book. If you want blue, just paint them yourself like the Hasegawa figes. Now the only important thing who has them or is going to get them. This is a must have item
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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 02:05 PM GMT+7
Hi Steve,

My reasoning for giving it a 95% was that I think the set could have been perfect if in place of one "set" of Class 2 white sprues, there could have been a "set" of Class 1 blue sprues (for a total of 2:1). At that point, the set truly would become pretty much all you need to outfit most ships. But by having the entire set be Class 2, there is a significant uniform class missing that keeps the set from being all you need. I think that's worth a mere 5% reduction.

As for painting the figures to be what you want, that goes against the very nature of what the product is and how it's reviewed-- which is as a pre-painted set.

BTW, you mentioned Hasegawa making figures. I haven't seen these figures- do you have a link?

Thanks guys!
blaster76
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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 06:58 PM GMT+7

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BTW, you mentioned Hasegawa making figures. I haven't seen these figures- do you have a link?



OOPS! I meant Fujimi. My Kongo goodie order is finally on the way from Japan. Does Pit Road come under a different name. I went searching for these little guys and the only company that even showed having Pitt Road was Hobby Link Japan and they don't list this item yet.
Karybdis
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Posted: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 07:35 PM GMT+7
Hi Steve,

Here's the page for them on Hobby Link Japan. They're very popular and on backorder already:
http://www.hlj.com/product/PITPSM-01

HLJ is also taking pre-orders for Set II found here:
http://www.hlj.com/product/PITPSM-02?nav=rss

Aoshima's Hobby World Japan also has Set II for pre-order:
http://www.hwjapan.com/sh/PIT08090109.aspx

Hobby World Japan and HLJ also have some JMSDF guys for pre-order:
http://www.hwjapan.com/sh/PIT08090110.aspx

I've got my pre-orders in sight unseen due to how impressed I was with Set I.

Pit-Road usually works in conjunction with Skywave or Trumpeter, but in this case, the product is released under their own name.
Karybdis
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Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008 - 04:03 PM GMT+7
Hey guys, Pit-Road's IJN Seamen Set 2 is out at HLJ. I decided not to grab this set (or the JMSDF set also just released) because I don't think I'll ever show any of my 1/350 ships at sea. And having figures on something mounted to a stand seems weird to me. I can't explain it- that's just me. So anyway, I pass the torch to anyone else who may want to buy these and review them. They look beautiful! And this set covers my gripe with Set 1 as this one contains guys in blue and khaki, so now all classes are represented.

IJN Seamen Set 2