SWEET Aviation Model Div., is the Japanese small maker founded by the former
employee of Tamiya. Although this small maker's aircraft models are small
scale 1/144, the quality is great! You will be surprised at the super details
and highly precise parts, if you see the mold of this product. FM-2 is
the 3rd item that was released by SWEET. The price in Japan is 1,000 yen
2 kits in one box, and is $16.00 in North America.
In this time, I customized this FM-2 model into folding wings type and
scratch build the Moto-Tug. The source of this idea is Tamiya 1/48 Vought F4U-1D Corsair w/"Moto-Tug. I added the comical cat figures that are appendix of the kit to this
diorama. It is mysterious that comical figures are added in aircraft model.
Why is it? Because this comics are drawn on this box art.
Cute girl and comical cat crews... Her name is "NASA-chan" and the black cat name is "Lucky-kun". They are the mascot characters of SWEET. Although this picture is not suitable to the package art of scale model, it is not necessarily absurd in Japan. Model, comic and animation(cartoon), they have a close relation in culture and commercially in Japan. This comic package was designed from such a background. In fact, The sales of this maker's products were extended twice since the box arts were changed into this design. This mind may be difficult to understand in overseas people(especially Europeans and Americans) because it is the original culture of Japan which is an animation and comic advanced country :-) This is the model that symbolizes Japanese model culture even if it is good or bad. Of course, it is an ordinary scale model if comical figures are not added.