Ro-500

Japan has the curious penchant to personify anything from computer operating systems to deadly sins as cute manga girls. In the Kadokawa game Kantai Collection, the girls are World War 2 warships. I’m not really in the shipfu fandom myself, this was an auction I won with a low bid I placed because the figure is kind of cute with fun accessories, and the character is also called Ro-chan which was amusing to me for personal reasons.

This is the personification of Ro-500, which was German Kriegsmarine U-Boot U-511 before it was transferred to the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1943 and re-designated 呂-500. So naturally she’s depicted as a German exchange student in a Japanese school uniform/swimsuit. With a torpedo.

I think this was just a Taito prize figure, and for that it’s pretty well done.

One thing I didn’t like at all is how her ‘tan lines’ were painted on with a wrong color in a way that looked clearly “painted on” – even though her tan itself is airbrushed and so they could have simply masked them. So I carefully scraped off the ridiculous paint, and what did I find?

There was no tan under the paint, so either this paint was the actual airbrush mask that they somehow failed to remove, or this was a really poor product design… Anyway she looks so much better without it. It’s a little hard to get her to sit straight though.

I guess I have to call this an un-paint rather than a re-paint…

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