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  1. Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird with D-21B Drone Hasegawa 1:72 Rather than repeat the great review done by our very own Paul AH HERE this review will concentrate on the drone as the SR-71 is exactly the same. The kit does come in a very attractive open top box with an artists impression of the aircraft, complete with drone, at speed climbing through the clouds. Inside you get the upper and lower halves of the fuselage/wings plus two sprues of black styrene and one small sprue of clear styrene. The plastic is really quite hard and brittle which doesn’t bode well for cutting out. Being the same kit as the Gravestone version the build of the parent aircraft is exactly the same. The only difference in this version is the inclusion of the D-21B drone. Which is assembled from upper and lower fuselage sections with the wings pre-moulded just like the SR-71. To this assembly the exhaust nozzle is fitted aft along with the fin, whilst at the front the two piece nose section with pre-moulded pitot probe is fitted at the front. The pylon on which the drone is mounted is a two piece affair which went assembled is fitted to the parent aircraft through two slots that need to be opened up before the main fuselage pieces are glued together. The slots are well marked on the inside so shouldn’t prove too much of a problem to open and clean up. With the pylon in place and both aircraft and drone painted up the drone can be fitted in position. Decals The decal sheet not only provides the cockpit instrument panels and side consoles, but also a complete set of wing walk stripes, stencils and insignia. The choice of two aircraft can be built these are:- • US Air Force Test Aircraft 17950 with D-21B Drone 507 based at Area 51with both aircraft in overall black scheme • US Air Force Test Aircraft 06940 with D-21 Drone based at Area 51 in silver and black scheme with the drone overall silver with the nose and wing leading edges in black. Conclusion This is not the most complex kit in the world to build but it will require a good paint job to bring out the interesting nature of the beasts. I personally prefer the silver scheme as it contrasts nicely with the all black model normally seen. I’m not sure of the plastic Hasegawa use in this kit as it does seem extraordinarily hard compared with their other kits and I’m not sure how well it will react with normal liquid poly that I use. Still, it’s an interesting subject and will look good in any collection. Walkround photos available HERE Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  2. Orion - The Hunter

    I will be starting my build shortly. It is the 1/72 Hasegawa NP-3D that came boxed with the slab radar forward of the fin as per the image in my signature block. I actually have a second Orion build planned as well and may build them together. We will see how I go.
  3. Two linked models leaving the bench this month, both Vought Corsairs, both Hasegawa 1/72, but also very different: The first is a Chance Vought F-4U Corsair Mk.1, from the British Delegation at Roosevelt Field, New York in the late summer of 1943. and alongside the rest of my growing fleet of Corsairs: The second is the A-7A Corsair, as used by VA153 US Navy onboard the USS ORISKANY on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin toward the end of the Vietnam war. And alongside the Crusader that I built last month: FredT
  4. F-14A ‘Iranian Air Force’ Hasegawa 1:72 In the 70’s, Soviet Mig-25’s were freely operating over Iranian territory and the IIAF didn’t have anything to deal with these high altitude high speed intruders. With the political situation very different in that era, they started to look for an interceptor to challenge the intrusions and the US was very interested to support them. After thorough flight testing of many aircraft by Iranian pilots, the Tomcat won in a final choice between it and the F-15, possibly because the incredible AIM-54 Phoenix giving it a long range intercept capability. A loan to Grumman of $75m by Iran probably saved the F-14 programme too due to the US government withdrawing its funding. 79 aircraft out of the 80 planned were delivered to Iran and this was completed by 1979 including many the Phoenix missiles. The aircraft was essentially the same aircraft as supplied to the US Navy less some of the avionics and had the later TF-30-414 engines that dealt with issues surrounding compressor stalls. Iranian Tomcats were to prove their worth in the 80’s in the Iran / Iraqi war when they were put into combat with great success against a variety of adversaries including Mirage F.1’s, Mig-21’s, Mig-23’s and more with claims that over 160 aircraft were shot down. The challenges faced by Iran’s Tomcat fleet were not just from capable adversaries but from the political environment, in particular an arms supply embargo from the west. Despite these challenges, Iran still operates the F-14 today and through reverse engineering and possible supplies from other countries such as Israel, it’s expected to remain in service for many years. In fact, it’s believed to have more aircraft serviceable now than in the 1980’s which is a considerable achievement. The Kit The kit is the second incarnation produced by Hasegawa as far back as the 80’s so this isn’t a new moulding but is generally regarded as still being the best kit on the market. It comes packaged in the usual way for Hasegawa, the photographic artwork being quite stunning in my opinion. In the box you find a lot of plastic. 10 light grey sprues, 1 clear sprue and a sheet of etch make this a pretty comprehensive kit with 195 parts. My first impressions are mixed. There is a lot in the kit and very nicely detailed too, however, perhaps the moulds are getting tired now as there’s a lot of thin flash around which will add to the time in preparation during assembly. Fortunately, it seems to of been restrained to the larger parts, the smaller more delicate parts haven’t suffered as much. Another challenge is that the instructions provided are for a US Navy kit. As such, there are several alternative parts such as the pod under the nose which went through several evolutions all of which are included in the kit, and whilst it may be obvious to some how the Iranian aircraft were configured, I’m sure not everyone will know. Only an additional decal and painting guide is included for the Iranian version. A great feature is the fact that the cockpit, slats and flaps can all be displayed in the open position. Assembly starts traditionally with the cockpit. Here the side and quarter panels as well as the ejection handles all get treated to some finely detailed etch. In the reviews I’ve done on Hasegawa kits in the last 12 months, they generally lack detail in the pit with over simplified seats, but this kit is certainly one of their better efforts. The seats come in no less than 5 parts with nicely detailed side panels and have seatbelts moulded in to the cushions. The instrument panels are also pleasantly detailed allowing some intricate painting to bring out the detail. Something to be aware of however if you have a critical eye for detail is that the cockpit is that of a US machine, the current Iranian Tomcats have a different layout from looking at pictures on the net, most notably being two displays side by side rather than one above the other. The fuselage make up consists of a font section that houses the cockpit, a centre section made in top and bottom halves then the rear end housing the airbrakes. Surface detail on the fuselage is refined and crisp with panel lines and rivets being included, although appearance is let down by flash around the edges of the parts. The nose includes a pilot access ladder and foot plates that can be open or closed. The kit is quite complex in assembly and whilst I’ve built the 1/48 kit many moons ago, this kit seems to off more in terms of features despite being much smaller so may not suit beginner skills. The intakes are designed very well including the variable inlet ramps and full internal intakes right up to and including the engine fan. The assembled intakes mate on to the lower fuselage half which is previously mated to the upper surface. Exhaust assembly is again quite complex with 8 parts per exhaust that require assembling, however the effort is worth it with some pleasant detailing in both the internal and external surfaces. The undercarriage is beautifully detailed and captures the shape and intricacy well. Two nose gear options are included given that it’s the US Navy kit – normal or compressed as you would see it when lined up on the cat, however as the Iranians don’t operate from carriers, this wouldn’t be appropriate here. The main wheels come with separate hubs to aid painting but be aware that there are two types so reference to photographs will be needed. From my observations, it looks like hub part 19 is the correct type to use. There are some slight ejector pin marks on the front inside tyres although these should be easy to correct. Assembly of the wings look straight forwards, although you need to decide on your sweep configuration. If you decide to have the wings swept, obviously you will need the flaps retracted but you will also need to cut a part off the internal locating mechanism where it sits in the wing glove. As with the fuselage, surface detailing is superb although yet more flash is present. The nose section according to the instructions, simply fits to the centre fuselage, however Andy Mullen who has accumulated considerable experience with this kit can offer far more than I can to building the kit HERE. Hope you don’t mind me linking to this Andy ? A comprehensive amount of clear parts are included in the kit. Wing tip, tail and wing glove navigation lighters are all catered for, so keep them well away from the carpet monster ! The canopy and windscreen are beautifully clear, however as normal, there is a fine seem along the canopy centreline that needs to be sanded out. The canopy gets a good dose of etch, the rear view mirrors and locking mechanism along the base give a boost of detail to an already busy cockpit. Now for the weapon load....or lack of. Considering the original kit came with the mix of Sidewinders, Sparrow and Phoenix, all of which are included in the instructions (as though to rub salt in the wound!) Hasegawa have omitted the lot. I find this very disappointing. The Iranians reputedly used the Phoenix in anger on many occasions as too the Sidewinder (although the Phoenix were probably expended years ago) , so this looks like a cost saving exercise. The drop tanks are included, but none of the pictures I’ve seen show them being carried. If you do get a set of weapons from somewhere, fortunately, all the pylons are included as they are on the included sprues. Decals The decals appear to be of very good quality. Very sharp in register and good colour, they should finish your model off very well. From what I can see, the markings never changed when the camouflage scheme changed, so you should be able to do the classic sand / brown / green scheme if you prefer. A good set of cockpit detail decals are also included if this is your preferred method of detailing, but the detail on the plastic parts will need sanding off to use. Markings are included for 3 aircraft; 3-6042. 3-6043, 3-6077 displayed in the paint guide in the latest scheme as worn in 2012. Conclusion It’s widely agreed that this is the best F-14A kit on the market with good exterior and interior detailing. I’m sure the livery will be a popular choice too, however it’s not a perfect package. Plenty of flash on the larger parts will create some extra work for you and if detail is important to you, some research will be necessary to choose the right options contained in the box. A big disappointment is the lack of missiles in the kit considering the retail price is for a premium kit. That said, I’m pleased to have this in my collection as it’s an aircraft I’ve always wanted to build. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  5. Hi all, This is my first model on this forum, a very colourful AV-8B Harrier II from Hasegawa. Yes, it is a bit of a toy-like shocker but most importantly, it was great fun. Now, how do I sneak this onto the Harrier SIG table at the next model show... A link to the work in progress thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944635-idolmaster-harrier-not-so-grey-and-boring/ Thanks for your interest.
  6. Hi all, This will be my first post and work in progress on this forum, a very colourful AV-8B Harrier II. This might not be one for the 'Purists' (heretic I hear!) but it should be a fun and fast build, hopefully... 1. The whole deal is quite outlandish to say the least and this is a more toned down scheme... You can get kits from Hasegawa and Tamiya quite cheap from East Asia, this kit cost just over £10.50. 2. The kit itself is exactly the same as the standard AV-8B+ kit but moulded in dark brown plastic, the instructions are in colour too. With such a big box, you'd think there would be a figurine included... Oh well. 3. This decal sheet is as big as the box and includes nice metallic and pearlescent effects, lots of very small details too. The bizzare thing about the decals is that this is the only Harrier II+ that has the 'right' dual screen instrument panel, all the other Harrier II/GR. kits have the old Day Attack panel. 4. Up until now, I've used a Revell/Badger single action airbrush for most paint work. A good friend very kindly built a Badger 200 for me out of spares, it's the same type except paint is mixed inside the airbrush. The difference is incredible. 5. Some actual progress. The interior components have been airbrushed gloss grey (XF-83 + X-22) followed with detail colours, Tamiya acrylics brush paint quite well when thinned. A semi-closs clear coat (X-35) helped to reduce the shine and 'flatten' the paint/decal layers. Masking the jet intake was beyond tedious... More to follow soon, thanks for looking.
  7. I represent you model from the last. Old Hasegawa kit and catapult cut from plastic. Seagull Painting pre-war, light cruiser Phoenix, 9th division of cruisers. Catapult P VI standard catapult military USA navy. It was used all war, on cruisers and battle ships. From Pearl harbor until the end of war. Under it 4 float-operated scout, the spotter of fire are developed. Curtiss Soc3 Seagull Vought-Sicorsky OS2U Kingfisher Curtiss Co3C Seamew Curtiss Sc-1 Seahawk Everything was built here and here: catapult http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewtopic_t_39269_start_0.html Seagull http://karopka.ru/forum/forum259/topic15251/ Catapult
  8. I am busy doing a MK 1. To save a lot of bother I ordered the following PE (because I broke the dash) It has a lot of good detail but the service door is painted Teal (if that what you can call the green) Its a million miles away from anything close to a Hurricane cockpit colour. Here is a picture (not the same green) Its more like Should I not bother using the PE Part? I was think of using some Maskol to re-spray the green,but I think that the detail is too fine. Any suggestions?
  9. I have been blogging this build. This is the Hasegawa 1/48 kit, with some modifications.
  10. This is a Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon, with a few tweaks. Notice anything missing? Quite fiddly and tedious– opening up the exhausts (note how Hasegwa has only moulded one exhaust entering each nozzle at the base– there should be two per nozzle). Also opened the hand and foot holds in the starboard fuselage insert– these will have open covers made later. Filling the inner port shell chutes (used miliput for the first round, as it scribes better than the green squadron putty). Added a landing light reflector made from foil (pushed over the rounded end of a paintbrush, then cut around the end of the brush with a knife– I don't have a round punch set to make a disc first). The three-spoke wheel at the front of the reflector was made from fine copper wire painted black– took an hour to get one that didn't look a mess). Unfortunately, this is an inaccuracy, as by this point in the war, Typhoons had these faired over. I think they add interest, so I'll be keeping them (and I wanted to try making the three-spoke wheel part, ever since of recently saw some posh photo-etched versions). You can also see the leading edge camera aperture (20" lens equipped F.24 camera, behind a 5" square glass registration plate). Also note the three scribed panels where the original 3 F.24 cameras locations were covered. Another view of the scribing- done using a needle, then sanded, then cleaned out using a sharpened piece of sprue– this cannot scratch the surrounding plastic if you slip. The circles were done with a frame hanger's nail hole as a template, and the rounded rectangle was done with the hole in a modelling knife blade. Foot stirrup hole in lower fuselage opened. New radiator front scratch-built (texture from an old black T-shirt soaked in superglue– take care the fumes are bad for you, particularly your eyes). The central part will form the base for the the 'cuckoo-door' air filter, to be fitted after most of the painting is done. Cockpit almost out of the box (seat thinned on all sides, height reduced a bit to allow us to see the scratch-built bar over which the shoulder straps run. Headrest armour thinned down (this also removes a sink mark). Padded seat back added (geeky detail: the diamonds on this are taller than wide, MDC's 1/32 seat has them incorrectly wider than tall).
  11. Hello modellers!, I am adding another newcomer to my american WW2 fleet This time it is B-25J from 447th BS - Corsica 'Ave Maria' s/n: 43-27636/II Kit: B-25J Hasegawa Scale: 1/72 Used colors: XF-62 post-shaded with various tones of olive drab/dark green: H304 - FS34087 H078 H064 H423 Fuselage bottom is sprayed with Alclad II Polished Aluminium in combination w/ Dark Aluminium. After-Market decals: Kits-World Photo etched metals: Eduard BIG-ED Thanks for all useful comments Peter
  12. Hasegawa kit with Zoom photo-etched parts from Eduard, decals from Eagle Strike Range; except of them, i built my Sabre straight OOB and i had lot of fun. Paint with Gunze's acrylic H330, H331 and H56 for the blu (i know it's not the right PRU blu, but for me looks right!). Hope you like it And now... a couple of Sabres! thanks for looking ciao Ale
  13. Hi Folks, Now that College is over for the year, I've got a little bit more free time. Can't resist a bit of model making despite the good weather, so here goes... Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II A nice looking kit that hardly gets built, with good reason some might say... From memory, the kit builds up well but it does have a few glaring issues. This is one of the 'limited edition' pricejacker kits of a variant that hardly gets seen and in these markings too. A nice box photo, I'll use this to get an idea of weathering. New parts/decals: Surprisingly, this kit has most parts for both Plus and Night Attack variants. The decals are pretty good too and are printed in a cool blue/grey colour, the box photo hints at the same colours for the markings and I think these jets were aboard an Amphibious Assault Carrier as the 'ET' tailcode is usually reserved for the 'Flying Tigers' helicopter squadron Annoyingly, Hasegawa never seems too bothered about updating the early AV-8B cockpit console of the 'real world' kits, the Plus, Night Attack and GR's have 2 digital screens. Their computer game inspired AV-8B Plus Idolmaster kit, with the animation characters plastered all over it, has the updated cockpit. Make of that what you will... Best to press on: Moaning aside it's onto the kit. Got a few of the weapons sets to load up the jet, I'm thinking of a Litening pod, Zuni rocket pod and either x2 500lb LGB's or x2 500lb JDAMS. Other suggestions are welcome... I'll build this Harrier in-flight, primarily due to the speedbrake being moulded closed... I'll have to scrounge a pilot from somewhere too. I'll also be dipping into this side project, an open speedbrake 'plug', as I would like to build more Harriers in the future. I've used the Quickboost resin set before but I find it quite tricky to work with, so I'll make my own instead!!! The GR.3 insert comes from the Hasegawa kit and that will be built into one of the YAV-8B prototypes in the future... Back to the build. All the parts needed to be painted before I can join the fuselage halves. BTW, I kidnapped a pilot from a Fujimi F-14 kit, superb detail I have to say and he/she is wearing U.S. Navy gear too. Super. More to follow soon, thanks for looking and enjoy the weather.
  14. 1:200 Hasegawa MD-90

    This has been standing in this condition since i bought it. I can't decide what livery it should wear. Hasegawa has made some of the best kits i've built, including this and the 737 series(with the exception of the -500). Their DC-10 ain't bad either, but sadly one of the wings on mine got warped for reasons unknown. Anyway, back to this. I honestly don't know what livery to put on it. I've looked at Delta, Blue1 Star Alliance, JAL, American, etc. but i can't make up my mind. I have also been looking at UNI Air, but to my knowledge there are no decals for that one. Atleast not in this scale. So if anyone has any tips on any good looking, not to bland liveries, don't hesitate to post them.
  15. It's been a while since I finished something, so I am happy that I have now put the finishing touches to my Hasegawa 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk. Hasegawa kit, Pavla early Escapac seat and Victory decals. Jens
  16. A Quick build after the tomcat - a Hasegawa P-47D-11 Razorback, with some Sky Decals to avoid the quite old Hasegawa decals. The Hasegawa P-47 is quite nice, but the lower wing being a single piece always leaves a gap. Painted with Tamiya Olive Drab and Neutral Grey, with Gunze for the interior green. Peter
  17. F-86D Sabre Dog 'J.A.S.D.F COMBO' Hasegawa 1:72 In 1948 following an intelligence warning concerning Soviet long range bombers the USAF was prompted to accelerate the development of an all-weather interceptor to protect the US. This interceptor was to be based around the new 2.75 Mighty Mouse Folding Fin Aerial Rocket (FFAR). It was felt at the time that a salvo of such rockets would be more effective against a large bomber formation than cannon fire. These were fitted to the F-86D in a ventral tray which extended under the airframe. North American designed the interceptor around their already successful F-86A, although the D model only actually had a 25% commonality of parts with other F-86 variants. It had a larger/wider fuselage, a larger after burning engine, a clamshell canopy; and a nose radome hosing an AN-APG-36 all weather radar. The prototype (then called the YF-95) first flew on 22/12/49 becoming the first night fighter with only a single a crew member and a single for the USAF. Following WWII Japan was denied any military at all. Following the Self Defence Law of 1954 Japan was able to form a Military for Defence of the Japanese state. The newly formed JASDF wanted to procure 150 F-86Ds from the US. Initially pilots went for training in the US with the first 3 aircraft being handed over in January 1958. In the end Japan only received 122 Sabre dogs, 98 went into service with the remainder being used for part. Part shortages posed a big problem for the JASDF, and in its final days only about 30% of the aircraft were serviceable. 4 squadrons flew the F-86D in JASDF service, 101st, 102nd. 103rd and 105th Hikotai. The Kit This kit from Hasegawa has been around for a while yet but is still the best F-86D in 1/72.The kit represents the later model F-86D with the parachute housing. The moulds are starting to show their age a bit as there is a lot of flash on some of the parts, that being aid its great to see the kit being re-released as its been hard to find of late. Construction of the kit follows the usual steps starting with the cockpit. This is not as detailed as some F-86 kits with the base of the ejection seat being moulded into the cockpit tub. Following this you need to make and add the intake, and exhaust to the fuselage before closing it up. No mention is made of having to add any nose weight, however its pretty sure this will be needed. With the fuselage complete its time to add the wings. These are conventionally moulded with the slats as deeper panel lines. Hasegawa missed a trick here, the aircraft is rarely seen on the ground with the slats retracted and the kit would have been so much better had this feature been included in the kit. Following this, it just remains to add all the detail parts to the airframe. The undercarriage is very nice, as its close to scale thickness care must be taken at this stage. If wanted, a complete tray of the mighty mouse rockets can be built and placed under the fuselage, in the down position. The drop tanks are two halved, but the fins are provided as separate parts which will enable the seam to be removed without any trouble. Hasegawa have done a credible job in moulding the rear vortex generators, some additional ones are provided for above the tailplane which the modeller will have to apply themselves. The canopy is very clear and you can see the antenna lines moulded into the plastic which is good. Decals Decals are included for 101st, 102nd, 103rd & 105th Sqn aircraft of the JASDF. Separate code letters are included to model near enough any code lettered aircraft you want. Conclusion Its great to see this kit out on release again from hasegawa. The double boxing's are a great way of getting more value for your money from Hasegawa; overall recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  18. Gday All Finally managed to finish one!! Poor effort I reckon considering we are almost in June, anyway, this is the Hasegawa 48 scale Hurricane IIC converted to MkIV standard with an old SAM publications resin set, which a friend cleaned up and recast for me (thanks Eric) The set consisted of radiator, rockets, rails and blast plates. Other than that I have added ultra cast wheels and exhausts. Brake lines made from cpper wire, which I see in one pic I have missed with the paintbrush! Decals from an old Almark sheet which was simply awful with the decals refusing to lay down. I have not added serial or codes until I can authenticate a combination from 20 SQN. all comments welcome, Thanks for looking Bruce
  19. Here is my VeeDub beach buggy converted from the 1:24 Hasegawa Kubelwagen. It has been shortened as per a 1:1 buggy and has had some custom seats from a Golf added, all pink as my Daughter chose the Tamiya Pink/ Gold for the body and the anodised pink for the chassis. Not sure on the seat colours but, Hey, I'm not the boss! Anyway piccys! SONY DSC by richellis1978, on Flickr SONY DSC by richellis1978, on Flickr SONY DSC by richellis1978, on Flickr SONY DSC by richellis1978, on Flickr SONY DSC by richellis1978, on Flickr SONY DSC by richellis1978, on Flickr It has a real alloy exhaust from Detail Master, and there are some etch feet foot pedal covers in there too! I need a replacement exhaust and some seat belts to add when I see some ones that will suit.
  20. F-15C Eagle ‘57th Fighter Intercept Squadron’ 1:72 Hasegawa Limited Edition The F-15 has earned its place in aviation history for its air combat ability. Proven in action with the Israeli Air force against Syrian counter parts and US Air force against Iraqi and Yugoslav fighters, it’s record of over 80 kills without loss in air-to-air combat demonstrates the lessons learned over Vietnam were taken on board by McDonnell Douglas in full. Despite being of a previous generation dating back to the 1970’s, it still a formidable fighter today along side newer 21st century aircraft. The twin fin, twin engine design not only gives incredible thrust-to-weight ratio and combat manoeuvrability, but high ability to survive damage as demonstrated by one aircraft that returned to base and landed with just one wing after a training sortie! With a maximum speed of mach 2.5 and a climb rate of 30,000ft in just 60 seconds, it still makes it a great card to have in your Top Trumps hand some 40 years on! The kit I recently reviewed the F-15C kit so rather than write another review of repetitive nature on the same kit, I’ll refer you to the link : HERE As seems to be the trend with Hasegawa, no weapons are included in the set. The instructions recommend the purchase of Hasegawa Weapons set V. What is included in this version is an extra sprue that holds the conformal fuel tanks that run along the side of the intakes below the wings. These are simply single piece additional parts to the original kit. This sprue is taken from the F-15E kit (Sprue 'F') which also includes two Lantirn pods to add to your spares box. The decals For commercial reasons, Hasegawa’s business model has many ‘limited edition’ releases of the same kit packaged with different decals and let’s face it, this rather suits modellers too! This release includes decals for aircraft of the 57th FIS. Two options are included, however one of them is included in the previous kit that I reviewed as linked above. It would of been nice to see two entirely unique options to differentiate this kit in its entirety. The 57th acquired its new F-15C’s in 1985 operating in Iceland. In 1993, the squadron was re-designated 57th fighter Squadron until it was deactivated in 1995. The two 57th FIS schemes are: Aircraft 80-0033 – USAF Iceland 1987 Aircraft 80-0052 – USAF Iceland 1992 Not the fault of Hasegawa, more the USAF, the decal sheet is rather bland such was the livery options typical on Eagle squadrons. Aircraft markings are rather monotone. The detail in the decals is however far from inferior. The squadron emblems for example are about 7mm across containing 4 colours and incredibly precise. Register and sharpness is superb. Included on the sheet are 110 individual decals including the two schemes, cockpit panel decals, formation lights and a huge selection of stencils to keep you out of mischief! Conclusion It would of been good to have two unique decal options to differentiate this kit from the previous one I reviewed and I believe that for the premium price Hasegawa kits sell for, they should include weapons, but them issues aside, this really is a beautiful kit and I praise the business model of ‘Limited Edition’ releases. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors forUK distributors for
  21. This build was done in honor of the 70th anniversary of 617 squadron. Recently finished up the 1/72 Hasegawa Tornado. It was brought to my attention that the missiles I used for "Sea Eagles" are in fact NOT Sea Eagles, but a similar weapon. I will eventually pull these off and modify them to look more like the real thing, but for now "close enough for government work" will suffice. The kit was mostly OOB with markings from modeldecal. As this was a german boxing, I had to pull the skyshadow and BOZ pods from other kits. Wing-sweep bladders were made from tamiya tape. I added probe covers using sheet styrene. The RBF tags and intake covers are painted tinfoil. I hope you guys enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed building it! Thanks for looking, comments and criticisms welcome! Next I will be building the Revell 1/72 Dambusters Lancaster to set opposite of it!
  22. 1/72 Hasegawa F-111C

    Hi guys, This is what I was up to with my RAAF F-111 build. New IP as the kit is a decal only. Intake trunking Cut the pilots canopy open to show off the work inside. New throttles...actually the kit doesn't have any to replace. All dressed up and ready for the canopy. Will have these... ...hanging off these Main wheel well...the central ducting has been repainted black as the red is incorrect...thanks Pappy. Over wing seal from Tamiya tape. Verlinden boarding ladder Primed First round of colour went down over the weekend. Gunze Acrylics thinned with Mr Color Lacquer thinner....nice and smoooze! Touch ups have since been applied but I'm really happy with how the paint went down. Such a shame to have them gone. I'd always look skywards whenever the distant rumble of a TF-30 shook the landscape around Ippy. Hope you like her. Cheers Mick
  23. F-14A ‘High Visibility’ 1:72 Hasegawa (alternative tooling) As a kid, I was inspired by the brightly painted Tomcats, needless to say, I went on to build the Airfix kit with the fantastic hi-vis ‘Wolfpack’ scheme that’s hard to beat on the big cat. At a time in the early 70’s when most aircraft were limited to AIM-7 and AIM-9 missiles (or similar in range), here came a beast that could carry 6 missiles capable of travelling more than half way across England to destroy its target in the guise of the AIM-54 Phoenix. Whilst the shape of the Tomcat is engrained in the mind of most aviation enthusiasts, it resulted from a series of wind tunnel tests on no less than 2000 configurations to meet the demanding requirements for a supersonic carrier borne interceptor. A single seat concept looked very similar to the Mig 29. Whilst in economical terms, the F/A-18 needed to replace the F-14, I’m sure that I’m not alone in feeling that the world lost one of its most loved and iconic aircraft except for the few still flying with the Iranian Air Force when the US Navy finally retired the last of its fleet in 2006. The kit We’ve been busy recently with F-14A Tomcat releases from Hasegawa. My initial plan was to review this together with the ‘Fighting Checkmates’ release, however when I opened the box, I was met by a little confusion! Being a bit slow, I couldn’t figure out why the ‘Checkmates’ box was overflowing with plastic whilst this one was quite reserved, so I dug in a little further to investigate. What became obvious is that this is the older tooling kit with raised panel lines and much less detail than the newer tooled versions. This is reflected in a parts count of just 100 as oppose to 191 pieces. So on first comments, this sounds quite disappointing, but the more I looked into it, the more I changed my opinion. Whilst the newer tooling kit is without doubt a fantastic kit, it’s not the easiest kit to build due to its complexity. Nor does it have the weapons included, nor can you rotate the wings. This kit has all those features as well as a lower price tag which I believe gives it a different target market and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, without some research, it’s not that obvious what tooling comes in what boxes apart from the price difference, so this review is quite useful !!!! Assembly starts with the cockpit in a most traditional way. Detail in here is very sparse, the only option for the panels is in decal form. That said, I’ve seen less detailed seats on Hasegawa kits so these aren’t too bad with separate seat cushions. The cockpit tub is located on top of the separate nose wheel bay which then gets sandwiched between the nose section halves. As I mentioned, the surface detail is raised rather than recessed like the newer tool, but it’s very finely done indeed. Attention next goes to the main fuselage and wings. The wings are simple in design without separate slats or flaps, but feature the mechanism to allow you to swing the wings once assembled. The wings mesh with each other once sealed between the top and bottom fuselage halves. If you want to have the mighty Phoenix loadout installed (and why wouldn’t you?), don’t forget to open up the required holes in the lower fuselage. The intakes are well designed offering full length interiors right up to the well formed compressor fans. I’ve read previous reviews on this kit that report a lot of flash, but this has very little, in fact nothing worth noting. The undercarriage is very well done with good detail in the legs and wheel hubs. Unlike the newer tooling, there isn’t the option of the compressed nose wheel option. The undercarriage doors are lacking in detail and have ejector marks on most of them which will need a tickle with a sanding stick. If you want your exhausts open or closed, you’re in luck here! Both options are included, so you can build whatever configuration you want. The canopy and windscreen are very thin hence free from any noticeable distortion. Unlike the newer kit parts, there is no seam down the centre of the canopy either. If I was to be critical, the windscreen looks to be a little too wide in profile towards the front each side of the armoured windscreen but the canopy has the slight double hump evident on the real thing. Before you fit the canopy, you get two great little pilots that you may want to fit. The real pleasure of this kit is the inclusion of the classic big vat weapon loads. You get the 6 Phoenix missiles, 4 Sparrow and two Sidewinders. Again, they have the raised detail in common with the kit, but the fins are very thin and certainly aren’t bad. You can of course buy the separate weapons pack, but I’d be very happy with what is included. Be aware that if fitting the drop tanks, they are sided. The decals The earlier kits were known to have ‘off’ white decals. The decals included in this box are of no such thing, ‘ice’ white is a good description of what we have here. The detail in the decals is very sharp with excellent register. From a visual inspection, I can’t find any criticism of the sheet. As well as the liveries, a good set of cockpit instruments, stencils, formation lights, anti-slip plates and weapon decals are present. Two excellent and classic liveries are included: Aircraft 160660 – VF-111 ‘Sundowners’ – sadly lost 1992 Aircraft 160391 – VF-84 ‘Jolly Rogers’ Conclusion This kit is as you’d expect a lower standard that the later offering, but for less experienced or young modellers is probably a much better kit to purchase. Whilst it lacks the recessed panel lines and wealth of detail, it still builds up into a great kit with almost half the parts count that still manages to include a full compliment of weapons for approximately half the price. It also manages to avoid some of the minor draw backs of the later kit such as a seam down the centre of the canopy and ejector pin marks on the nose wheel tyres. Despite my initial let down when I first examined the kit, I’m left feeling rather fond of my new cat. If like me, you get those periods of modellers block, this could be just the remedy you need in your medicine cupboard! Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  24. Bell P-400 Airacobra Hasegawa 1:48 The Bell P-400/ Airacobra I was the export version of the P-39 Airacobra, originally developed in response to a French order of 30 March 1940 for 170 aircraft. Unfortunately delivery of these aircraft was not due to start until October 1940, after the fall of France. The original order was taken over by Great Britain, and was later expanded to a total of 675 aircraft by orders for 205 and then 300 extra aircraft. Only after these orders had been placed did Christopher Clarkson become the first British pilot to fly the Airacobra (30 December 1940), and the shortcomings of the Airacobra would not become clear until a number of P-39Cs reached Britain during 1941. The P-400 was armed with one Hispano-Suiza Mk 404 (M1) 20mm cannon in the nose. The four .30in machine guns in the wings were replaced with British standard .303in guns. The P-400 entered British service as the Airacobra I, after a brief spell when it was known as the Caribou. Before entering RAF service the Airacobra received a great deal of positive publicity, but when it arrived in Britain the lack of high altitude performance soon became clear, and the type only ever equipped one front line squadron (No. 601 “City of London” squadron). The aircraft was soon withdrawn from RAF service. The entire production run of 675 aircraft was still completed. Around 200 of these aircraft were sent from Britain to the Soviet Union in some of the earliest of the Arctic convoys, although only around 150 of these aircraft arrived safely in northern Russia. They would become the first of thousands of Airacobra that would play a major part in the air war on the Eastern Front. The remaining aircraft were taken over by the USAAF, and a number of them found their way west into the Pacific, taking part in the fighting on New Guinea and Guadalcanal. The Model Whilst this is another re-release with just a change of decals it still looks to be a very nice kit. The parts, in grey styrene, are all well moulded with no signs of flash, only a few moulding pips and sprue thin sprue gates. The moulded details are finely done with recessed panel lines in conjunction with raised areas where appropriate. There is plenty of interior detail, although there is always room for additional detail should the modeller so wish. From research the fit is very good although it’s always wise to dry fit first to see if there any problem areas. The build starts with the very detailed cockpit. This consists of the floor, propshaft and tunnel, auxiliary panel, trim wheel, joystick, rear bulkhead, seat support, seat, and rear shelf. On the fuselage sides, the throttle quadrant and clear ports are fitted. The instrument panel comprises of the main panel, rudder pedals, pedal recesses, gun sight and rear breech blocks of the upper machine guns, the instruments are recessed with finely detailed dials, which will require some careful painting and dry brushing to bring out. The completed cockpit assembly is then fitted to one fuselage side and the fuselage closed up, but not before 15g of ballast is inserted in the nose area. The lower wing is fitted with the radiators, oil coolers and lower wing gun cartridge chutes. The two upper wings can then be attached and the assembly fitted to the fuselage, as are the two single piece horizontal tailplanes. The moulded wing and tail lights can be removed and replaced with the provided clear parts should the modeller wish. Turning the model upright the upper forward decking is fitted with the two machine gun muzzles and attached to the fuselage. The propeller is made up of a separate hub, propeller and hub; this can then be attached to the fuselage. Two wing machine gun parts are then fitted to their wing positions, whilst the exhaust stubs are fitted to their respective positions on either side of the centre fuselage. These can be left off until painting is complete. The undercarriage is constructed next. The nosewheel is in two halves which slots into the oleo yoke followed by the scissor link and front bay door. The assembly is then fitted to the front bay along with the actuating jack and retraction arms. The main undercarriage units consist of the main oleos, wheels, outer hubs and undercarriage doors. The completed assemblies are then fitted to their respective positions. The inner main doors and the front bay doors are then fitted, as are their respective retraction jacks. The rest of the build concentrates on the fitting of the smaller parts such as the 20mm cannon muzzle, pitot probe, radiator/oil cooler doors, landing light, and the optional bomb or drop tank with their respective braces. The final parts are the one piece canopy and the two doors. The doors are clear parts, but both have very nicely detailed interior cards and will need to be painted before fitting along with adding the decal placards. Decals The decal sheet is quite comprehensive giving two options, with both aircraft from the 80th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Fighter Group U.S. Army Air Force. Naturally both aircraft sport distinctive sharks teeth, although one is in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey, the other is in Dark Earth, Dark Green over Sky. The decals are very nicely printed, in good register and slightly matt. In addition to the main insignia, there is a full set of stencils. Conclusion I really like this aircraft and Hasegawa have done a nice job in reproducing it in my favourite scale. Yes, it has been released before with other decals, but that’s not really a problem as it’s a great kit. Recommended Amerang Hasegawa Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  25. Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 Fighter Seaplane Hasegawa 1:48 Japan was the only nation to produce and deliver into service float-equipped single-seat interceptor fighter seaplanes (the British Spitfire float adaptation did not progress beyond the experimental stage). When in 1940 the Japanese navy initiated the design of a new interceptor seaplane (the Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu, or 'Rex'), the need was also expressed for a stopgap aircraft and the Nakajima Company was instructed in February 1941 to develop a float-equipped version of the excellent Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero naval interceptor. As evidence of Japan's long-standing plans for territorial expansion through the Pacific, it had been recognized that in the inevitable 'island-hopping' war there would be few ready-made air bases from which to provide air cover during the occupation of the smaller islands, and that the construction of runways would be impractical. Although equipped with almost a dozen aircraft-carriers, the Japanese would be unable to use them in support of every single island invasion. After removing the wheel landing gear and fairing over the wheel wells of a standard A6M2, Nakajima mounted a large float under the fuselage by means of a forward-raked central pylon and a pair of V-struts below the cockpit; two cantilever stabilizing floats were also mounted under the wings. The standard Zero gun armament was retained, and the first prototype was flown on 7 December 1941, the day on which the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbour. Entering production as the Nakajima A6M2-N and codenamed 'Rufe' by the Allies, the new fighter still displayed a creditable performance, being first issued to the Yokohama Kokutai and deployed to Tulagi in the Solomons where the Japanese had first landed during the Battle of the Coral Sea. However, almost all the 'Rufes' were destroyed in a strike on the seaplane base by 15 Grumman F4Fs from USS Wasp on 7 August 1942. Better success attended the 'Rufes' which fought in the later Aleutian campaign, but losses soared as soon as American fighter strength could be built up. During the final year of the war, when American heavy bombers and naval aircraft opened their great attacks on the Japanese homeland, 'Rufes' of the Otsu Kokutai, based on Lake Biwa, were thrown into the battle as interceptors in defence of Central Honshu but suffered very heavy losses. Total production of 'Rufe' amounted to 327 before being halted in September 1943. The Model The kit, the third re-issue, comes in a very attractive box, that Hasegawa seem to be very good at, with an artists representation of the aircraft in flight. Inside, the main sprues of grey styrene are all contained in a single poly bag, which, whilst not the best way of protecting the parts there doesn’t seem to be any noticeable damage. Fortunately the clear parts are contained in a separate bag. The parts are very well moulded, with no sign of flash and only a few moulding pips. It appears that since the real thing is based on a A6M Zero, Hasegawa have used their Zero to be the basis of this model. This means that there are quite a few spare parts, such as the lower wing, engine crankcase, undercarriage, drop tank and numerous smaller items. The build naturally starts with the cockpit, which is very nicely detailed, with the floor, fuselage sides, rear bulkhead, seat, rudder pedals, and joystick. The instrument panel has raised detail, but the dials are each provided as separate decals, which, with a blob of Kleer or gloss varnish will make them look quite realistic. Onto the panel the breaches of the fuselage guns are attached along with the gun sight. The completed assembly is then sandwiched between the fuselage halves as they’re joined together. The upper forward fuselage decking is then fitted, along with the machine gun muzzles. The construction of the engine is next. This is built up with the rear exhaust ring, the two banks of cylinders and the crankcase at the front, complete with pushrods. The engine is then attached to the front fuselage and covered by the one piece cowling onto which the two exhausts are attached. At this point the two single piece horizontal tailplanes are fitted. Before fitting the wing parts together, the holes for the bomb racks, if desired, need to be opened up. The instructions also say that the trim tab recessed panel lines, and a couple of other panel lines need to be filled on the upper wings. With the two upper parts attached to the single piece lower section the separate, clear navigation lights can be attached, along with what look like horn balances. The completed wing assembly is then attached to the fuselage. The two halves of the main floats are joined together with, according to the instructions, 16g of ballast in the nose section. The two, two piece wing floats are also assembled. The floats are then attached to their respective positions on the lower wing and fuselage, the main float, along with its support struts and boarding ladder. If the bombs are to be fitted and these are constructed of the bomb racks, crutch plates and the two piece bomb halves with separate horizontal fins. Once complete these can be attached to the lower wings. To complete the aircraft, the propeller, made up of separate hub, blades and spinner, is attached and the three piece canopy is fitted along with the aerial mast, which passes through the rear Perspex. TO complete the model there is a very nice dolly for the aircraft to sit on, this is made up of the main horizontal beams, support cradles, suspension mounting, axels and main wheels. The aircraft can then be posed on the dolly. Decals The decal sheet is nicely printed, in good register. Along with the standard Japanese markings there are the individual instruments and identification numbers for four aircraft from the Yokosuka Flying Group. Conclusion No matter that the kit has been released before it is still an interesting subject and will build into a very nice model. I imagine it will be subject to severe weathering for those that like that sort of thing, but that’s up to the individual modeller. Recommended. Amerang Hasegawa Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
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