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  1. This is my very first Group Build! I originally intended to just do a 1/72 Hasegawa USMC AV-8B+ in the newer Gunship Grey scheme, but decided to add the new 1/72 Airfix GR.7/9 kit too, simply because I couldn't help myself when I saw it in the hobby shop - it really is a nice looking kit. I hope it's OK to show both builds in this topic, but I am perfectly willing to split it up if required by the Group Build rules. The plan is to use Wolfpak VMA-513 decals for the AV-8B+, and a combination of kit, AM, and home made decals to depict GR.7A ZG471 as it appeared in Operation Herrick in 2008. I purchased resin nozzles for each, as they were reasonably priced, and anything that eliminates 8 seams to fill is alright by me. I don't even remember buying the PE set, but here it is nonetheless. I don't have much experience with PE, so this will be another first. Thanks to SaintsPhil and Mish for getting this all set up - really looking forward to it!
  2. A-37B Dragonfly 'Black Eagles' 1:72 Hasegawa - Limted Edition Double Kit Boxing The A-37 Dragonfly was developed by Cessna for light attack from their successful T-37 training aircraft. Growing American involvement in Vietnam led to a strong interest in a counter insurgency or COIN aircraft in the early 1960's. The T-37 was evaluated in this role but found to be lacking in endurance and payload. Cessna doubled the original engine power of the T-37 by replacing the J-69 engines with JH-85 engines. The stores pylons were provided on each wing along with the addition of tip tanks to increase the fuel load. For the attack role a 7.62mm mini gun was also added to the nose of the aircraft. Due to the simplicity of the aircraft and its ability to carry a large amount of ordinance the A-37 proved to be very popular with smaller air-forces around the world including a lot of Central & South America. The Black Eagles are the Aerobatic Display Team of the Republic Of Korea Air Force. The team has flown many aircraft since 1953 and has operated on an informal basis until 1994. The permanent team was only formally formed in 1994 using the 2nd Flight of the 238th Fighter Squadron. For this they flew the Cesna A-37B Dragon Fly. Since then they have become the 239th Aerobatic Flight Squadron and have transitioned to the brand new T-50 Golden Eagle. Flying the T-50 they have been awarded the Boeing Trophy for best display at RAF Waddington in 2012. In 2013 they went on to win the King Hussain Memorial Sword for best overall flying demonstation, and the "As The Crow Flies" Trophy at RIAT 2013. The Kit Hasegawas A-37 kit dates back to the 1960's and it pretty basic. Shape wise it seems to be spot on, and given its age it features fine raised panel lines. The kit is fairly easy to build, but some of the seams particularly on the underside do need some work, however it does make into a good looking model of the A-37. Hasegawa have re-released this kit as a double boxing featuring markings for the ROKAF Aerobatic Display team "The Black Eagles". The kit has been released in white plastic presumably so you don't have to paint the aircraft if you don't want to. Construction starts with the main cockpit and here the kit is none too accurate for the aircraft in this boxing. The kit features two crew and seat backs only not full seats. However the Black Eagles flew these aircraft only with one seat installed. An instrument panel is provided with decals for the instruments. Once "the cockpit" is completed it can be installed into the main fuselage, and then the fuselage closed up, after which the tail planes are added. The main wing is a conventional one part lower wing to which the upper wing panels are added. The modeller will need to fill all the holes in the lower wing where the pylons attach, as they are not used for these display aircraft, because only the tip tanks were used by The Black Eagles. Once these are installed the landing gear can be added along with the single part canopy. Decals The decals are the star of the latest boxing of this old kit. Decals are provided to make any two of the six Black Eagles from the period 1994 to 2007, and with only 3 kits to buy, it would be tempting to make the whole team. Conclusion This maybe an old kit now with its associated problems of detail and raised panel lines, however its good to see it re-released with Aerobatic Team markings. A double boxing also brings the cost per kit down to a more palatable level. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  3. Here's a little something I've been working at on and off a few months now, my first 'big' kit. Another first in that I'm trying out Eduards cockpit and seat etches, which, despite being a little fiddly for my fat little fingers, I've quite enjoyed. Have to say it does add alot of interest and I'm pleased with the results. Managed to get a few shots of the first completed seat, then the camera battery died - so will have to follow with the rest!
  4. Kit & Decals: Hasegawa (LK102) Scale: 1:144 Hi fellas, Here's a model I finished recently of one of the YS-11T anti-submarine training aircraft of the 205th Kokutai TSQ J.M.S.D.F. stationed at Shimousa. The aircraft was used to hone the submarine finding skills of J.M.S.D.F. personnel. Thanks for looking! Vinny
  5. Dear Fellow Britmodellers I always liked those Italian colour schemes, and the Hasegawa MC202 can be had quite cheaply even as a 'combo'. I added the True details resin cockpit and wheels. I hope you like the 'Vespa arrabbiata Andrew
  6. Another review build commences. Hasegawa's venerable 767-300 is still an impressive model. The first thing to do with the 767 is to fill in those ugly windows. Once again I used my Milliput snake trick. The left fuselage half is filled while the right side waits Push the putty through the windows so it sticks out and completely fills each aperture Trim each window flush with the fuselage and then run a dampened fingertip down the window line to smooth everything off. This will help to reduce the amount of sanding which will be necessary, an important task for a kit which has raised panel lines. Once the windows have been filled, fuselage assembly goes quickly As do the wings. Test fitting reveals that the fit is a trifle too sloppy to allow for the wings and fuselage to be painted separately. My model will sit overnight to allow the putty and glue to cure.
  7. Hi folks,decided on this as my fourth entry for this GB,I love the old gull grey/white era of U.S, navy aviation but over twenty years since I have built anything from it.heres a box top photo of my boxing £4.95 from King Kit,parts are off the sprue and a dry run reveals a superb fit for the kits age,decals very usable too.
  8. Hi Guys, This is my first GB of this year. I will build a F-14A+ from Hasegawa. I will backdate it to a Iranian version. Here are some pictures of the content of the box. The boxart The Sprues And now the goodies This will be the first F-14 from Hasegawa and a major build for me with all these goodies. I hope the Cheers,
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Typically lovely kit from Hasegawa, no problems to report - just fancied a problem free build for once!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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 .
  25. 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
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