Anyway, I've just received an email from Thomas Gunn about two pieces they have custom built for some clients. This is now part of their service. So below is a copy and paste of said email and some stunning pics of said pieces!
A quick 'Hello' and to introduce two new wooden Warbirds which we recently
made on a commission basis for two clients in the USA.
The first is the FW200 Condor a four engine maritime reconnaissance bomber
that served with the Luftwaffe and was also utilised as a transport
aircraft. In the anti shipping role the Condor could carry 900 kilos of
bombs and was later adapted to fire the Henschel Hs 293 guided missile.
Because of the lack of Allied aircraft available to intercept the FW200 in
the Atlantic, the Condor was able to sink a large tonnage of shipping during
the early part of the war and was dubbed 'the scourge of the Atlantic' by
Churchill. With the introduction of CAM Hurricanes and other long range
aircraft the Condor was moved to the transportation role where it served
admirably, particularly on the Eastern Front.
With a wingspan over 107ft and a length of nearly 77ft this is the largest
1/30 scale aircraft we have made so far and as such will form an impressive
piece in any collection.
Our second aircraft is the Mitsubishi G4M Betty bomber also known as the
'flying lighter' and 'cigar' due to its propensity to light up in flames
after being hit by enemy fire, mainly due to its lack of armour and self
sealing fuel tanks. As a medium to high altitude bomber the Betty performed
admirably due to its high speed and long range, the battleships HMS Repulse
and Prince of Wales falling to its torpedoes/bombs during the early stages
of the war.
Our version is the one used by Admiral Yamamoto who was ambushed by American
fighters during operation Vengeance in April 1943. Yamamoto did not survive
the attack after his aircraft crashed into the jungle, a post mortem showed
he had been killed by bullets from the American aircraft during the attack.
Yamamoto was thrown from the aircraft during the crash and was found still
in his seat, head bowed under a tree, still clutching the hilt of his Katana
by a Japanese search team the following day.
The Betty was over 65ft long with a wing span of approximately 81ft which
also makes this a very large aircraft for those of you interested in where
you would find the space to store one!
We now have a second factory that can make bespoke custom pieces for our
clients and if any of the above aircraft appeal to you or you have one in
mind that you have been hankering after for a while, then drop us an email
and we will quote you for your unique piece. As each custom piece now takes
4 to 6 months depending on size, its easy to pay for the item in instalments
which hopefully creates less of a strain on the wallet.
Our figure release will be on the 6th June as the 4th falls on a weekend, we
have some Kriegsmarine and a Fallschirmjager anti tank piece for those of
you who collect WW2 items as well as a new version of ROM004 Repel Cavalry.
The Gunn Team "