Old Man Blog No.58 Ho 229, Episode 6

SWS Horten finally spreads its wing and flies in to the big sky!

SWS Horten, developed putting the best effort and eventually released by Zoukei-Mura is finally yours!

How is it?
This kit represents what was the last card German Air Force was supposed to play.

According to the development concept the SWS has followed so far: from the structure to the mechanism, from the cockpit details to the engine, to every part of the landing gear, more detailed than this is probably impossible! We reproduced a unique kit containing all the charm of the overwhelming Horten, without leaving anything undone!

This kit reaches the extreme limits of a 1/32 scale model and you will not be able to admire it without shaking your modeler' soul.

Complete devotion is necessary for this work!

But SWS Horten will eventually become YOUR Horten.

"Finally I really saw it!"

This voice will be heard from the aircraft modelers of the world.

I wish that you, still looking at it, made it part of your collection; this is the revolution of scale models, SWS Horten kit!!

Ops, sorry!!
Probably the "mysterious wing" is already complete、staying cool on your table.

SWS Horten Kit, revealed from its development until its production. Moreover, interesting reviews from famous modelers; Zoukei-mura, with its proverbial carefulness, comments its Horten kit on the base a full dissection.

■Zoukei-mura Concept Note SWS No.VII Ho 229
Price: 2500 JPY (+fee)

Available from October 25, 2014
Click here to order via Volks Japan website → [ VOLKS Website Store ]

When you talk about an SWS kit, you should never forget the "SWS Concept Note" opportunely edited and released along the release of the SWS Series.
I think you already have one or 2 books among your precious documents; oh no, I guess there is also somebody who got all the Concept Notes, from Shinden, going through ta 152, Mustang, Skyraider, Uhu and Raiden.

My deepest gratitude to all the SWS Concept Note collectors in the world.

Thank you very much!!

Keep collecting our SWS kits and Concept Notes!!

This time too, for this Horten Concept Note we have made an abundant use of pictures and data of the actual machine, collected at the Smithsonian Museum, where we received full cooperation.
The thorough commentary starts from the development of the real machine.
The production review is signed by Zoukei-mura's member, Master Naoki Kobayashi, Radu-san from Ireland, Thomas-san from Germany, talented modelers who gave a detailed, fine and challenging review.

How about it??
3 people, 3 airplanes, 3 incredibly expert modelers have splendidly brought to life 3 awesome models.

These 3 experts have made the real beauty of the SWS kit come out, thanks to their skills and expressive power.

Zoukei-mura has spared no pain building this new Horten kit; this marvelous "mysterious wing", the Horten will be shown too you the best way possible, from complex, "dizzying" pipe-frame, to the oulsing heart of the Horten, the two Jumo engines.

Building the kit has been anyway simple, more than you could expect.

You will notice that too, so please don't be too much concerned.

I say this out of kindness, I have been able to assemble it in no time.

"But I would like to check the SWS Horten kit on the Concept Note first"

These people are more than welcome too.

Patiently, without hurry, slowly from East to West, you will see the true nature of Japanese Zoukei-mura, the new model-maker that produced the Horten.

Then, take yours too, no ceremony.

I'll be more than happy if you enjoy my same dream.

Look! Horten brought to life by Master Naoki Kobayashi!
He's the only SWS Master responsible for the complete kits, from SWS Shinden to the Horten. A legendary expert of the SWS kits. For this Horten too, from the test shot until the released version, he has already taken care of 6 kits.
Just like us who deal with kits development, he is one of fathers of our SWS kits.

Furthermore, the complete Horten made by Kobayashi–san is now exposed in Tokyo Akihabara, at the 8th floor of Radio Kaikan - Volks Hobby Square Akihabara, scale models corner showcase. If you pass by, absolutely take a look at it. It's really worth it.

In addition, we'll bring the Horten to the IPMS Telford (November 8th and 9th) and exhibit at Zoukei-mura's booth.
If you'll be there, don't miss it!!
* Whether it's green camouflage, or clear external parts, there's the touch of Kobayashi-san in both the complete versions. Such an extraordinary build will just leave you speechless.

Mr. Radu Brinzan from Ireland has also joined the troop!
As you can see, delicate and undaunted, the fantastic work by Radu-san reproduces the charm of Horten in every single aspect. We met Radu-san just at the IPMS Telford in England; since then, he's become our cooperator and gave so many ideas and support.
"I definitely want to write myself the Horten's review!"
I applaud this strong passion I can see from this fantastic Horten you built!!

Radu-san. He also came to Japan with his wife last year, grasping the whole beauty of this country. The complete kit you can see in these pictures will also be exposed at IPMS Telford (November 8th and 9th) at Radu-san's booth. Expect a breath-taking, awesome kit! You may also try to ask him about this build, his work and his art and other hard luck stories.

And then, from the Motherland of the Horten, Germany, Mr. Thomas Mayer!
A complete, fully commented, impressive Horten where you can see all his passion and his high-skills, and the "German feeling".
Look at this gray camouflage, isn't it something ingenious?
We actually met Thomas-san and his wife, Mrs. Heidi, at IPMS Telford; from then on, he has helped us so much for the development of German Planes. All the writings on the fuselage of the actual machines, meaning and pronunciation of hard-to-get German words and much more; the precious assistance given by Thomas-san has been also used in the production of the decals of SWS based on German Aircraft.

The finished kit by Thomas-san may be admired at several hobby-shows across Germany.
If you're living in Germany, try to search which event he is attending and praise his Horten.
He'll be happy to answer your questions. It'll be fun!

November 8th and 9th !
This year too, Zoukei-mura will be at the IPMS Telford!!

*Last year, Telford's Event.

"IPMS Telford" The modeler's fair.
Aircraft modelers from every corner of earth , the so-long awaited SWS 1/32 Horten will be available at the event! This is NEWS!

No need to say that the main attraction of this year at Zoukei-mura's booth will be this Horten and its featured release. You can really buy the plastic kit, this SWS Horten, orthodoxly and precisely realized, that will let you know the real nature of its maker, Zoukei-mura.
This is already a case!

You can also bluff your wife, she will never suspect it brother!

There's anyway just a limited quantity that we could bring here.
Zouke-mura couldn't help this, please forgive us.

The box is huge anyway!

And you, my friend, been looking for the Horten since its birth,
 inadvertently falling in love with it.
 You, you!! From now on the Horten will be next to you, no matter what!


Nothing wrong with it! First in the morning! Just as soon as the gate opens, then victory and defeat can be decided!
This is where a man must win!

Ah! At this age!

I'm 67 now and is it was the Horten, I'd be running away even though I7d be riding on a tank!

Please come early...no, please just hurry as much as you can to Zoukei-mura's booth!

As always
"What? Plastic models are mass-produced, we can buy it anytime, take it easy!!"

People saying that and wandering around in the fair. Passed the opening day, the come the evening of the next day and say:
"Hey do you have it? What ? Already sold out??"
Well I'm kinda getting used to these unlucky people I see everytime!

Since we wouldn't like to hear those words again, this time we have prepared everything without accepting advanced reservations.

Cheers to you who can happily spend next Christmas with the 1/32 Horten! Fabulous!

Keep it up please!!

See you next time on The Old Man Blog again!

Take care'til then!

Hideyuki Shigeta
President, Zoukei-Mura

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