"..Furthermore, I want a “plastic model” worth dreaming about, one where you can finish construction using the same process as if you were building the real aircraft!
I wonder exactly how much time has passed by since I embraced this longing.
Through the act of construction, it's possible to study the airframe structure, and understand the configuration and workings of various parts as they're being assembled. It's also possible to understand what kind of uses and tactics the strongest reciprocating engine fighter was designed, manufactured, and deployed for, simply from the equipped weapons.
Why the engine, the cockpit, the landing gear and the propeller took the forms that they did, why it was implemented in the season that it was, why it vanished so quietly. The time for these dreams of mine to be realized has finally arrived.
The time has finally come for all of the yearning feeling that has been poured into Tank's 152, all of the burning longing, to be fulfilled..."
Model build by Manu Pernes on britmodeller
For more on this kit, some completed examples and Ta152 reference on this blog go here