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  1. sailorboy61

    Hasegawa GR 7 1/48

    To take my frustration away from trying to fix the Windows in my Airfix Fiesta RS, I've turned to one of my Hasegawa GR7s OOB for light relief Can anyone advise on the square hole left in the bottom of the nose cone assembly. I can't see from the instructions anything that fills this and looks lit it will leave an ugly void. What am I missing please?
  2. Enzo Matrix

    Kfir C2

    This is my first build for this GB, the Hasegawa 1/72 Kfir C2. Firstly, proving that this kit cost less than a tenner... When it was originally released, it cost £1.49. When I bought it, a couple of months ago, it cost me £3.50 from evilbay. According to the seller, the box is damaged. Doesn't look very damaged to me. More like "discoloured". Maybe it was so cheap because the box is no use to a kit collector. Here are the sprues. I first built this kit when it was originally released in the late 70s, when I probably did pay £1.49 for it. This will be a pure nostalgia build using the same kit, same markings, everything.
  3. Enzo Matrix

    Mirage F1

    Second build for this GB, this is the Hasegawa Mirage F1 - although this particular kit is in a Revell box. Once again, I built this kit about thirty years ago, so it's going to be a lot of fun building it again. I had originally intended to have a minor Mirage F1 frenzy, building two Hasegawa kits and two Heller kits to make a small collection. But that was before MPM announced a whole family of Mirage F1s, making the kits in The Stash somewhat redundant. I'll still build them, but the collection will be from the MPM kits. Let's hope that MPM follow the Mirage F1 family with a Mirage IIIC/E/V family. Anyway... this is the box, with a £7.99 price sticker. And the sprues. Despite being over thirty years old with raised panel lines, it's still a lovely kit. I think I'm gonna enjoy this.
  4. Not a bad little kit, although the decals were pretty thick and detail is sparse. I masked and painted the fuselage red and white along with the anti glare panel and the wing leading edge. I really should have painted on the roundels too. This aircraft was armed with two 40mm HO-301 cannon designed to knock down B-29's, but in reality, the weapon was just as lethal to the pilot as the B-29 due to the low muzzle velocity. Pilots had to get dangerously close to open fire with any accuracy.
  5. Typically lovely kit from Hasegawa, no problems to report - just fancied a problem free build for once!
  6. Hi folks built for the under a tenner GB( bought for under a fiver) this is the old Hasegawa kit.used the kit decals but added weapon load from spares,I used to build loads of this period US navy aircraft as a kid but this is the first for many years.thanks for looking
  7. Gentlemen and Ladies. May I present you with my take on Hasegawa's Heinkel He-111P2 from KG55. She's OOB with a few very small scratch built bits in the cockpit and on the outside. The paints are a halfords rattle can primer, citadel nuln oil wash for the preshading, Vallejo model color for the camouflage and citadel satin for the top coat. Everything apart from the primer and varnish was applied with a hairy stick and this was my first attempt at preshading with a brush, inspired by my friend Stix. The build has been fun most of the time, although I had some real issues with the under carriage and I'm really annoyed that I missed the internal framing on the canopy before I closed it up. There's a WIP thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956005-hasegawa-he-111p-172-finished/ You'll notice that the tail has been slightly doctored. The kit provides swastikas but, as I explain in the WIP my girlfriend's grandmother was an Austrian Jew whose entire family were murdered by the Nazis during the war and at her request I don't display swastikas in our home. So, without further ado, here she is. I'm generally pleased with how she came out bit as always, criticism and suggestions are actively encouraged. Damn you photobucket! Thanks for watching. Richard
  8. Hasegawa is to release a 1/72nd Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II kit. Seen at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2013 Source: http://happy.ap.teacup.com/applet/runchickens/msgcate19/archive?b=20 V.P.
  9. Spanish Harrier #3 Harrier EAV-8B II Plus, 01-919 / VA.1B-29, Escuadrilla 009, Arma Aerea de la Armada Espanola, (Hasegawa 1/48th) The latest model in my Harrier build project (#18, 2 to go) is the Harrier EAV-8B II Plus variant flown by Arma Aerea de la Armada Espanola – the Air Arm of the Spanish Navy. The first EAV-8B II Plus was delivered to the Spanish Navy in January 1996. They received eight new-builds in total, with Construcciones SA (CASA) in Spain completing the final assembly in conjunction with McDonnell Douglas. A further five EAV-8B II Plus were remanufactured using EAV-8B II donor aircraft (01-904, 01-905, 01-906, 01-910 and 01-912). The aircraft are flown by Escuadrilla 009. This build uses the Hasegawa kit plastic straight from the box, with just the addition of a Maverick air-to-surface missile (kind donation from fellow BMer). The model shows the current camouflage scheme of Dark Gull Grey (FS36231) over Dark Compass Grey (FS36320). It is brush painted with Lifecolor’s acrylics and I used Series Españolas decals. The model is weathered using Tamiya powders, artist pastels and Zig brushable pens. Vallejo matt varnish was used to flatten the finish. This is how it turned out ... All feedback welcome as ever. Next in for a rolling vertical landing will be a USMC AV-8B II Plus
  10. Silver Fox

    A-4 NZ6206

    This is my latest A-4, this one is NZ6206 the only RNZAF Scooter to fire its guns in anger. At 14-05 hours on 30th March NZ6206 flown by Flt Lt Jim Jennings, accompanied by another machine flown by Flt Lt John Herron, and armed with 150 20mm rounds and 2 four shot LAU 10 Zuni pods was launched to interecept a Taiwanese trawler, the Kin Nan which was fishing illegally in New Zealand territorial waters. The Kin Nan was ignoring requests to stop from HMNZS Taupo, a fisheries protection vessel. A burst of 20mm in front of the bows stopped the Kin Nan, which was boarded by the crew of the Taupo and the incident was over. Thankfully the A-4 was never again called on to fire. The kit is the Hasegawa 1/48th scale model and the decals are from the fabulous Gekko Graphics A-4 sheets, I'm rapidly running out of these and I would like to acquire a few more sets.I need to reset the angle of the refueling probe, it is amazing what you miss until you see a photo! The LAUs are from an old Fujimi kit I'll replace them when I can find a suitable replacement. Thanks for looking
  11. I had this kit laying in the stash for years. Dad bought it at a swap and sell for the drop tanks and then gave it to me, but it was missing the spinner. Fortunately Wumm was able to send me a replacement and Iain sent me some decals for Israeli Mustangs he wasn't going to use which probably saved it from being turfed into the bin (because I don't normally build older kits). I scribed some surface detail including dzus fasteners and knocked back all the raised rivets and panel lines. I did consider putting a resin cockpit in, but for the price, it just wasn't worth it. It's not a bad older model and although being surpassed by the Tamiya offering, if you're on a budget you can generally pick this kit up for 20 bucks at a swap and sell. As for white 19, it was shot down by ground fire over the Sinai peninsula in October 1956.
  12. Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2, Emily Flying Boat 1:72 Hasegawa History At the same time the type's predecessor, the Kawanishi H6K, was going into service in 1938 the Navy ordered the development of a larger, longer-ranged patrol aircraft under the designation Navy Experimental 13-Shi large Flying Boat. The result was a large, shoulder-winged design that is widely regarded as the best flying boat of the war. Despite this, initial development was troublesome, with the prototype displaying terrible handling on the water. Deepening of the hull, redesigning of the planing bottom and the addition of spray strips under the nose rectified this. Two further prototypes, which were in fact pre-production aircraft, joined the development program in December 1941. The IJNAF accepted the first production version as the H8K1, Navy Type 2 Flying Boat, Model 11, of which only 14 would be built, before the improved H8K2 variant was put into service. The K2 had an extremely heavy defensive armament earned it deep respect among Allied aircrews. The H8K2 was fitted with more powerful engines, slightly revised armament, and an increase in fuel capacity. One hundred and twelve examples of the H8K2 were built and were used on a wide range of patrol, reconnaissance, bombing, and transport missions throughout the Pacific war. The H8K2 was given the Allied code name "Emily". The Model This has to rank as one of the oldest kits thats been reviewed by this reviewer. Its original release was in 1968, and it has been re-released at least eight times before this current edition. I remember seeing it as a kid and always wanting one, but never quite being able to afford it. Finally I have it in my hands and the only thing it fills me with is nostalgia. The only areas that have been changed over time are the boxes and the decals. So be aware of the kits origins as you could mistake the shiny new box as a new moulding. Whilst the boxtop has a very nice painting of an Emily flying along through sunset soaked clouds inside are some pretty dark ones lurking. The five sprues of medium grey styrene depict some moulds that are showing their age and wear. Whilst the fuselage and wings still look pretty good, there is a fair bit of flash on the sprues, some parts are showing imperfections and the details are becoming less distinct. Quite a few parts just seem to be lacking in something, which I cant quite put my finger on, but it might just be that Ive been spoilt over the years. Oh, and if you like rivets, you love this model as its rivet central, except where the main decals go, these have been de-riveted for a better fit, something that a lot of manufacturers did. Having said all that there are some parts that must have been state of the art back then and still look pretty good today. The cylinder banks are still good, the aircraft comes with a cockpit interior, which is crying out for some extra detail, but the basics are there. The shape of the model seems to match the real aircraft pretty well and hopefully some enterprising after market company will bring out some bits and bobs for it. Construction begins with the fitting of the fore and aft doors in the port side of the fuselage and the assembly of the nose gun and upper turret. You will need to change the guns as they are more like broom handles on blocks of wood. The fin, rudder, horizontal tailplanes and elevators are all assembled and joined together then put to one side. The cockpit consists of the floor, front and rear bulkheads three seats, joined control columns and yokes. The front bulkhead has the instrument panel moulded onto the front onto which the decal provided is used. With the numerous clear window parts fitted to each fuselage half the cockpit and upper turret are sandwiched between the fuselage halves as it is closed up. The canopy, plus front and rear gun positions are then attached, as are the two waist positions, all of which have the rather wooden guns fitted. The rather interesting and unusual, (for a model), split flaps are assembled and fitted to each lower wing half along with the ailerons. The upper wing halves are then glued to the lower. There is a nicely drawn diagram showing how the flaps are meant to look in the retracted and lowered states. The two cylinder banks for each of the four engines are assembled and slid into position within the cowlings. A long shaft is then pushed into the engine from the front and attached to a cap at the rear. The single piece propellers are then attached to the front of the shaft and capped with the spinners. To finish the engines/cowlings off the oil cooler intakes are fitted to the top of each cowling. The fire walls are then attached to the nacelles and the engine/cowlings are fitted to the firewalls. Another nice inclusion is the servicing platforms, four of which are provided and would give aid in the making of an interesting diorama. Alternatively, the access doors for the ramps can be fitted in the closed position. To complete the wing the clear landing light covers are glued into place. The major assembly now begins, with the fitting of the fin/rudder, horizontal tailplanes, and wing assemblies. The yagi style aerials are fitted to either side of the nose, a pitot probe on top of the nose in front of the cockpit, three aerial masts along the top of the hull and the weapons carriage of two torpedoes, on single pylons, (one each side), or four bombs on twin pylons. The wing floats are then assembled from two float halves and a single piece double strut, which will need to be rigged using suitable material, then attached to the underside of the wings. There is a separate panel that mounts on the underside of the hull just foreward of the step which could cause problems with filling any gaps due to the numerous rivets. The model also comes with beaching gear and towing tractor should the modeller wish to do a ramp scene. The main gears consist of the leg, two wheels, axle caps and floatation blocks, whilst the rear hull trolley is similar it is fitted with two flotation blocks and the single leg is moulded with a vee section to match the hull. Lastly, the tractor is assembled from two body halves, four wheels; the rear ones have separate hubs, the steering wheel and driver. This can be attached to the aircraft with a styrene tow rope. Decals The decals look to be pretty good. They are quite matt, but have good density of colour and are in good register. Theres not much in the way of carrier film which is good and the side hinomaru have cut out areas which coincide with the detail in that area. Since there are no rivets in any of the areas where the hinomaru are positioned there shouldnt be any problem with them settling down. The identification numbers on the tail and the yellow leading edge areas on the wings may cause problems though, unless the modeller uses their favourite softening and setting solutions. There are markings for three aircraft from around 1944, two from the 851st flying group and one from the 801st flying group. Conclusion Well, what can one say that hasnt already been said above? In general it looks to be a goodish kit, which could be built straight out of the box if youre willing to overlook the shortcomings. Alternatively it does give the basis of a major increase in detail, particularly the cockpit and machine guns/cannon. It certainly has prospects and with a good paint job, diorama setting and some nice weathering it could, and indeed can be made into something rather nice. Whatever you decide, its still a great looking aircraft and would make an interesting comparison next to a Sunderland. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  13. Just seen this and I can't wait! Apart from the 1/72 Lightning bonanza that 2014 seems it will be (for me definitely), i'm glad that this Beaufughter/Spit Mk.IX set is on the way. Not very often that I find justification to shell out an arm and a leg on a new Hasegawa boxing. Wonder which side of 50 squid this will be? http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10262265 Mart
  14. Evening, folks! Just thought I'd share my latest build with you all. Here is my depiction of AW Apache AH Mk.1 ZJ224, 656 Sqn, 4 Regt. AAC. She is depicted as she was on 15. Jan 2007 during what is perhaps her most famous escapade, during her involvement on Op. Glacier II, near Garmsir, Helmand Province. I'm sure most of us here are well aware of the now-famous Jugroom Fort rescue, so I'll spare the details The base kit is Hasegawa's fantastic 1/48 AH-64D. This was my first, but I can guarantee it won't be my last! The conversion to AH.1 spec was done by scrounging the HIDAS fit from the Revell kit. She is depicted with the older 4-point HIDAS fit, with the older TADS housing/ORT fit in the CPG's pit. The CRV-7 pods are from Heritage, and any remaining lumps and bumps specific to the British Apache were scratchbuilt. Eduard's PE & Masking kits were used, which reaffirmed my hatred for little springy bits of metal. The 2 little passengers on each of the EFABS are from the Airfix Vehicle Crew, who were convinced to go under the knife in order to get them ready for their ride. On an unrelated note, I've suddenly decided that I hate painting figures... She was finished in Revell Matt 46 (Nato Olive?) which is still the best match for the Apache that I've found in acrylics (any suggestions are very welcome...) Pictures taken during the rescue show '224 as rather clean for an Apache in the desert - they can (and do) get really grubby out there! - so I tried to weather her with restraint. Panel lines on Apaches don't show too well, so I opted not to give it a panel wash. Oil stains and leaks were attempted using Tamiya Smoke over the final coat. Tamiya Weathering Master sets were used for sand weathering. There are a couple of errors/mistakes that I am aware of - some my fault, others not so much. I accidentally placed the footholds that are strangely omitted on the Hase kit over the wrong footwell on the port EFAB. And I was a little too lazy to correct the weighted tyres that come with the kit (mounting was a last minute decision.) The only thing I can fault with the kit is the incorrect shape of the EFABs at the front, as they curve towards the TADS housing. Although not that noticeable, it does bug me a little. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the outcome of the kit. It was really meant to be a testbed for the kit before I start my other Hase Apache (as a modern spec 5-point HIDAS/M-TADS AH.1) but I guess I got a little carried away. As always, comments and criticisms are more than welcome. If I've forgotten or overlooked something, please let me know! And, as always, apologies about the quality of the photos. I will get a new camera soon, I swear! I'm hoping to bring her down to the Helo table at Cosford this Sunday if I can find a safe way to get her there, so if you're about, come and say 'hi' and talk about Apaches for a bit! Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy! Daryl.
  15. sailorboy61

    EA-18G; Hasegawa v Italeri. 1/48

    I've been reading various reviews on the merits of the Hasegawa / Italeri kits in 1/48 scale. As expected, the general opinion is that the Hasegawa wins hands down, however, I see the Italeri new mould kit, No.2716 is currently available for around £20, considerably less than the opposition. Rather than a review, has anyone who's built the Italeri (or both) versions any comments to offer? I appreciate there is still some work to be done on the Italeri kit, but a £30 saving is a considerable incentive to overcome this!
  16. Kawasaki C-1 Hasegawa 1:200 The Kawasaki C-1 is a twin-engine cargo/transport aircraft built solely in Japan for the Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF). The Japanese were still using outdated World War Two era Curtiss C-46 Commando transports as late as the mid-1960's and a replacement was needed to modernise the Japanese air force's airlift capability. A new aircraft requirement was issued to the major aircraft building companies and a consortium came forward with designs for a modern, short-range military cargo/transporter; which would also have the capability for air drops by having wide cargo doors. The consortium was the Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (NAMC), consisting of Mitsubishi, Fuji, Shinmeiwa and Kawasaki aircraft building companies. The final design was given to Kawasaki as the main contractor; with the other companies supplying various major components, to supply two prototype aircraft and one static test airframe. The two prototypes were designated the XC-1 and first flew in November 1970 The first operational aircraft entered service with the JASDF in 1972 and a total of 31 aircraft were constructed as the C-1. Of these, four have been lost (ser: 58-1009, 68-1015, 58-1010 and 88-1027) and one has been converted to an AEW/ELINT (ser 78-1021) and is currently in use as to train EW crew. Some, if not all of the C-1's had an upgraded avionics set fitted (SKE fit) which was a rectangular unit with a small radome added above the cockpit immediately in front of the front of the wing (see box image above). The SKE provided all-weather navigation capability and enhanced accurate cargo-drop and parachuting. A further test aircraft, designated C-1FTB, was produced to provide Short Take-Off and Landing facilities (STOL) and this had four over-wing engines fitted. The Kit(s) This is a re-release of a 1990's issue but Hasegawa has produced this model as a "Combo" set, and consists of two kits of the C-1 Transport. At 1:200 scale 'The One True Scale' (TOTS), this is a diminutive model with the length only measuring 145mm (5.6in) however the detailing is nicely defined as the image of the sprue below shows. Panel lines are nicely engraved, almost discretely due to the model size, but this detail may possibly get lost if the kit is brush painted, especially if a primer is also applied. An interesting feature is that the nosewheel doors are integral to the fuselage piece and moulded in the open position. Any build to be finished as an in-flight version would need these to be removed and a piece of plastic sheet fitted. I can understand the logic here though as most aircraft tend to be built wheels down plus such small (tiny) parts could get lost or damaged if they were separate components. Two variants can be built from the kit, a C1 and a C-1SKE; the latter by fitting the small rectangular part in the lower left of the sprue below. the real thing has a lowering cargo bay ramp, plus two clamshell doors to provide the wide access/egress of the plane but these are all one part on the fuselage. Any requirement to have these open in a loading scenario would require a fair amount of cutting and the scratchbuilding of a new ramp and clamshell doors. The next sprue, or sprues as there are two identical sets, contain the engines, engine holding braces, the main and nose wheels. There are also turbofan blades which fit in the front of the engine openings and they look quite detailed for such small items. This is a small kit so there aren't many parts, 44 grey and 1 clear canopy. There are window openings in the fuselage sides but the kit does not come with any clear parts for them. A suitable clear glue/fill medium could possibly be used to represent the glass section. The decal sheet is very nicely produced and is quite full of, mostly, serials. Of the 31 Kawasaki C1's produced there are 25 complete sets of serials available on the sheet. Considering that 4 aircraft were lost and one converted to the EC-1 then I think there are enough serials two make any of the remaining flying airframes. A special set of decals is included which represents aircraft of 402 Hakkai (Squadron) for their 50th Anniversary, an example being 10-1007 as shown on the box art above. There are also 7 sets of squadron tail emblems, although the C-1's were only allocated to 402Sqn, at Iruma, and 403Sqn, at Miho, and these are decals number 29 for 402Sqn and 39 (or 31) for 403Sqn on the sheet below. Also adorning this packed decal sheet, remember how small this kit is, are walkway markings, Hinomaru's (red disk, national markings), fuel points, rescue/warning symbols etc., etc. A very comprehensive set indeed. Conclusion Although this is a very small model, or two of them, the detail appears to be very detailed an crisp. The instruction sheet is in international picture-view layout and is comprehensive, however the sheet is quite small and it can be difficult to identify exactly where the placement of decals should be. I would recommend scanning or photocopying the instructions to a more viewable size for this. The build is quite simplistic and shouldn't be an issue and I would think the best part will be to apply the intricate 3-tone camouflage patterns, depending on which formation and era you choose to build them. I plan to build an early C-1 plus a later C-1SKE. These are nice kits and they are attracting me to other models in 1:200, if they are as good as these. Highly recommended to those who find pleasure in building and collecting small scale model aircraft. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for .
  17. sailorboy61

    Hasegawa FGR.2 1/48

    After much studying of build logs and completed images, I'm doing a Hasegawa FGR.2 and have an issue with the intakes. I've paid much attention to dry fitting, removed locating pins etc but still they don't sit right. The top edges next to the body is fine, and the bottom edges near the wing is also OK, but on the shoulder they sit out of line with the rest of the fuselarge and it looks like lots of sanding and rescribing are needed. I've not seen this problem mentioned in builds anywhere, nor does it seem to be obvious in other pictures of completed builds. Is this something I've somehow missed, or am I just lucky with my kit? Thanks
  18. Finally finished my F-104G aircraft 26 + 90 from MFG 2, German Marine Hasegawa kit with Ultracast detail set in resin. Resin bang-seat. Cannot remember if the burner can were resin as well. I've used Daco's excellent decal set for this. Future on the canopy and modelmaster gloss and flat lacquer mixed. Thought a German Marineflieger would be rather weathered, considering its operational environments. Clean, no weapons save the internal gun. I scatched the chaff / flare launchers aft and the mounting plates they sit on. I also scratched a position light on the spine and under the belly, in front of the vertical fin. Easy kit - it went together with no problems. Kinks here and there entirely my own creations. I hope you like it!
  19. F-4J Phantom II 'VF-96 Fighting Falcons' 1:72 Hasegawa - Limited Edition If you have not heard of the F-4 phantom where have you been for the past 56 years! The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was conceived as an all-weather, long-range fighter bomber for the US Navy. It has been in service for over fifty years now and is still serving with distinction with air forces around the world, although active users are now becoming fewer. More than five thousand Phantoms were built. The was the last version of the Phantom built for the US Navy and Marine Corps. This was an improved F-4B with an increased emphasis on air-to-air combat. J79-GE-10 engines were installed with an improved thrust to 17844lbf using after burner on each engine. An AN/APG-59 pulse doppler radar was coupled with an AN/AWG-10 fire control system to give a look down/shoot down capability. Due to an increase in weight and more demanding sink rates the J was fitted with sturdier landing gear. Larger wheels were fitted which resulted in wing bulges as seen on other phantom models. Slatted tail planes were also fitted. In all 522 F-4Js were built. The Kit Hasegawa's 1:72 scale series of F-4 Phantoms is well established as amongst the best kits of the type available today. They possess of a good blend of accuracy, detail and fit and enjoy a good reputation as a result. This particular kit is a limited edition. The cockpit is comprised of a tub, complete with side consoles and rudder pedals moulded in place, onto which have to be added the instrument panels, rear bulkhead, control column and seats. The ejection seats are very nicely recreated, being made up of five parts including separate pull handles. The rest of the cockpit is structurally correct, but with the exception of the WSO's starboard sidewall, lacks any raised detail. Decals are provided instead, but this Hasegawa habit is still slightly disappointing. The cockpit tub sits on top of the nose gear bay, which itself fits inside the separately moulded front lower fuselage. The rest of the front fuselage, from just in front of the engine intakes forwards, is separate to the rear fuselage. Whilst I can appreciate that Hasegawa have done this in order to maximise the number of variants they can wring out of the moulds, it does complicate construction and add another seam that must be cleaned up. Once the front fuselage halves have been joined together, the instrument panel coaming and head up display can be added, along with the decking behind the WSO's cockpit. The rear fuselage halves a more straightforward proposition than the front fuselage, as they just need to be removed from the sprue and then joined together. In common with other kits of the Phantom, the lower rear fuselage is moulded in one piece with the lower wing. Before you fix that part in place, however, you must add the engine air intakes. These are well-detailed parts, with each being made up of four separate pieces. The intakes are not of the full length variety, but the solid front wall of the rear fuselage at least prevents you from being able to peer inside the fuselage from the front. The main wing is made up of a single inner lower span, separate port and starboard tops and separate slatted outer wings. You have to drill lots of holes in the lower surface of the wing central in order to add the pylons for the weapons and drop tanks. While we're on the subject of ordnance, only the three drop tanks are provided with the kit. The inner pylons for the sidewinders are present and correct, but neither the AIM-9 Sidewinders nor the AIM-7 Sparrows are included. You'll need to raid the spares box or buy one of Hasegawa's Aircraft Weapons sets in order to fit the aircraft out with a full loading. The tail planes are solid parts, as is the rudder. A separate part is provided for the tip of the vertical tail. The undercarriage is nicely detailed, with separate hubs for the main gear wheels and features such as torque links delicately and accurately picked out. The landing gear doors are detailed on both sides the landing gear bays feature a respectable amount of detail. The canopy is moulded in four parts and can be posed in the open position if desired. If you choose to do this, separate hydraulic arms are provided. Finishing details include various blade antennas, the landing lights and the parachute fairing in the tip of the tail. Decals Decals are provided for two schemes, both CAG aircraft.. CAG Aircraft USS America 1972. CAG Aircraft ISS Constellation 1973. Conclusion Hasegawa's Phantom has a good reputation, and on the basis of what's included in the box, it's easy to see this. The kit is overly complicated by their desire to squeeze as much from the mould as possible, but this is understandable. Overall this is great kit. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  20. F-15K SLAM EAGLE 1:72 Hasegawa - Limited Edition The F-15 Eagle was originally developed as a twin engined single seat air superiority fighter for the US Air Force. Later on the twin seat F-15E was developed as a long range multirole fighter. While retaining the air-to-air capabilities of the original F-15 the F-15E could carry out long range, high speed interdiction. The F-15 is a combat proven airframe. When The Republic of Korea Air Force were looking for a new advanced aircraft they launched the F-X fighter programme. The F-15K (F-15E derivative), Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Sukhoi Su-35 were evaluated. This programme was won by the F-15K or Slam Eagle. The F-15K has a few features not found on the F-15E. It features a customised electronics suite to reduce weight and increase jamming effectiveness, a full night vision compatible cockpit, and an advanced APG-63 mechanically scanned array. The one major departure is the addition of an AAS-42 infra-red search and track system. Even though assembled at Boeing's St. Louis facility the aircraft contains 40% Korean parts. Fuselage parts and wings are provided Korea Aerospace Industries. Flight control actuators by Hanwha. Electronics by Samsung Thales and engines by Samsung Techwin under licence. To date over 50 F-15K's have been delivered. The Kit The kit is Hasegawa's F-15E kit with additional parts to make the Slam Eagle. The kit has been around for a while now but is still an excellent kit of the F-15E and shows no sign of wear in the moulds or flash present. The kit features finely engraved panel lines. New parts are provided for the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper pod, and AN/AAQ-28 Lightning Pod, these come in the form of one of the sprues from the hasegawa weapons set. A small extra sprue contains the AN/AAS-43 Tiger Eye Infrared search and track pod. Construction starts the same way as for the majority of aircraft with the cockpit. The modeller can either paint the instrument panels or use the decals provided. The ejection seats are made from four parts and look the part for this scale. Once the cockpit has been completed this can be added to the two halves of the nose. The instructions would have you add the rear part now which connects to the main body, though I suspect this will best be added later. The intakes are the next item to be completed and added to the inside of the main fuselage which is split top/bottom. Once the intakes and engine fan faces are installed the main fuselage can be closed up. The completed nose assembly and the wings are then added. The wings are upper & lower parts. The engines and vertical tails are then added. Once the main airframe is completed the fast pacs and associated weapons pylons are added. The Slam Eagle specific pylons are included on the same small sprue which included the IRST. The landing gear can then be assembled and added to the airframe. Finally the modeller can choose to have the canopy open or closed, and the large airbrake closed or open. Ordinance can be added as needed. Only Fuel tanks and Mk.20 Rockeyes are included in the kit as hasegawa advises you to purchase one of their weapons sets! Decals Decals are provided for tail numbers 02039 & 02004 of the 11th Fighter Wing ROKAF. Conclusion Overall this is great kit and now produced to feature one of the latest incarnations of the F-15 eagle, which despite being an old design now shows no sign of not being able to be produced as a modern weapons platform. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  21. Apart from paying through the teeth with Hasegawa weapons sets, are there any other supplies out there that members have come across of decent quality and price? I appreciate there are AM alternatives for the odd specific weapon etc, but was thinking more along the lines of a mulitple boxing. I'm trying to resist £20 for Weapons Set D! cheers
  22. Once again something simple Work starts with the cockpit, and building up all the internal components and getting the fuselage closed up. Peter
  23. Hello Phantom Phans (sorry...), the masters for the resin parts of my upcoming F-4 canopy inserts have just been finished (looking at the pictures, they need a dusting though): The top one is for Academy, the bottom one for Hasegawa kits. Please ignore those spreader bars at the front - they will go once the parts are nested in their casting blocks. Getting this right will be a challenge, but hopefully my plan works out. There will be a PE set to go with them, a first draft of which has been sent to the etch company for making test pieces. Next up on the bench will be the A3D wheel well set for the Trumpeter kit. Cheers Jeffrey
  24. This is my completed 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A-5, of Walter Nowotny when in JG54 'Grunhertz'. I used the Hasegawa 'Priller' A-5 kit and some of the decals from the Eduard ProfiPack to make Nowotny's mount. I used a combination of Humbrol, Xtracolour and White Ensign Models enamels, some Eduard seatbelts and Master Brass gunbarrels. I drilled out the spar behind the armour headrest to run the antenna wire down (not as convincingly as Mal's Sturmbock build!) and used a strand of hair for the antenna wire (reacts well to CA and is flexible). I also added the 'gear down' indicators above the wing, made from some toothbrush bristles cut down and painted red. On to the pictures. Need to fill the antenna hole in the yellow theatre band... Wing cross (port ) looks off centre, it's just the camera.
  25. This is my other Fw 190, the Fw 190A-9 of JG.301 which was found abandoned/captured at Bad Langensalza at the war end. I used the Hasegawa 1/48 kit, and combined some of the painting advice from the Eduard ProfiPack instructions. As with the A-5, I used Eduard seatbelts, Master Brass barrels and added hair antenna and toothbrush bristle 'gear down' indicators on the wings. Paints used were enamels, Humbrol, Xtracolour and White Ensign Models. I used the kit decals which I succesfully 'nuked' with MicroSol - it worked well. A nice kit to build, I made life hard for myself, but I'm happy with the result.