Here’s hoping that Woody Joe will release this as a new kit. I for one will buy it in an instant. Hopefully, by the time it’s available, international shipping from Japan to the US will be back to normal.
At last, it’s happening. After some enthusiastic petitioning by Kazunori Morikawa, myself, and others to the Japanese wooden model kit maker Woody Joe, it appears the company is actively developing the prototype for an Atakebune.
Museum model of an atakebune
For those who don’t already know, the Atakebune is the largest class of warship used by the Japanese feudal armies of the warring states period. These lumbering ships were effectively floating fortresses. While they were equipped with one large mast and square sail, as well as a single bank of oars, they were often towed by smaller warships.
Museum model of a large atakebune
I’ve had a number of people ask me about the availability of an Atakebune kit. Up to now, there hasn’t been much available in the form of a well researched scale model kit. But, yesterday, Woody Joe posted a photo on their Facebook page, announcing that…
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