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  1. Kawasaki T-4 Blue Impulse 2013/2014 Hasegawa 1:48 Even though most would associate Kawasaki with the Motorcycles they make, Kawasaki are one of those mega Japanese companies which seem to make everything! They make Ships, Trains, Cars, Motorcycles Engines; and importantly for us Aircraft. The Kawasaki T-4 is know as an Intermediate Jet Trainer. It is used exclusively by the Japanese Air Self Defence Force. The JASDF realised in the late 1970s that they needed to replace their existing Jet Trainers (The Lockheed T-33 & Fuji T-1) with a single type. This aircraft was to be known as the MT-X programme. In 1981 Kawasaki was selected as the main contractor under this programme. It was planned to build 220 aircraft with an in-service date of 1988. Given the requirements of the programme for an advanced two seat trainer it is no shock that the final result looks very similar to other two seat trainers. In total 208 production aircraft were built along with 4 prototypes. Deliveries started in 1988 as per the plan! At least 5 of these aircraft were lost at Matsushima AB during the devastating Tsunami in 2011. Blue Impulse The most visible presence the T-4 makes is that it has been used since 1995 by the Blue Impulse Aerobatic Display Team of the Japanese Air Self Defence Force. The Blue Impulse Team were formed in 1960 Flying the then F-86 Sabre, in 1982 they transitioned to the Mitsubishi T-2; and then in 1995 to the Kawasaki T-4. The team fly seven T-4s though only six display at one time. The aircraft are painted blue and white following previous schemes. They are equipped with white, red, blue and yellow smoke systems. The Kit The T-4 kit has been around in various boxing from Hasegawa since the 1990s. The moulds have held up very well and all parts are very crisp with no signs of any flash. Construction starts as with most aircraft with the cockpit. Two pilot figures are provided and the kit representation of the Stencel S-III-S Ejection seats are very good, the seats contain 10 parts each. Decals are provided for the instrument panels and side consoles. Next up are the intake trunks and exhausts. The intake trunks are fairly deep and end at a engine fan part. The intakes consist of 6 parts each, the main intake trunking has a seam but I am not sure how much you will see of this. The exhaust consist of 4 parts with the last stage being one piece so there is no seam there. The cockpit is then installed inside the fuselage halves along with the exhausts and plastic grommets for the tail planes. The fuselage can then be joined up and the intake trunking parts added. Following this The wings are added, the modeller will need to decide if they are going to add the drop tanks and open the holes as needed. I have seen the Blue Impulse flying with and without tanks so it is up to the modeller to decide if they want them or not. The wings are fitted with large tabs which slot together inside the fuselage making this joint very strong. The large under fuselage insert is then added. Again a pair of plastic grommets needs to be added for the landing gear. Finally the landing gear and various fuselage intakes and bumps are added. Lastly the canopy can be fixed in the open or closed position. Canopy The canopy is very clear. On the main canopy however there is a centre line seam which the modeller will need to remove. Decals Decals are provided to make any of the team aircraft numbered 1 to 6 for the 2012 or 2013 Airshow seasons. The decals look glossy and in register. Some of the wing chevrons in blue for the top and white for the underside are provided though I am sure most will mask and paint these as not all of the blue is provided as decal and it will be difficult to match paint to the decal blue as you have to mix the paint colour. This shade of Blue Impluse Blue is not available direct unlike the T-2 colours which were available from Gunze. Conclusion Overall recomended for Japanese aircraft fans, Blue Impulse Fans or if you fancy building something different. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  2. Hi All, This is my Hasegawa F-4J Phantom II. I did originally buy this plane with the intention of doing a F-4S with Ferris Camouflage, but when I realised that the wing slats were totally different I rethought my plan of attack. The F-4 is quite possibly my favourite aircraft, and I remember seeing this particular colour scheme in a book I had as a child. I can't quite recall which brand the decals were, but they were excellent. Everything else on this build is out of the box. Unfortunately I sold this model before moving overseas. I was going to load it up with Mk. 82s but seeing I was selling it I thought I would rather save the TERs for my A-7 project! Thanks for looking. Now to do that F-4S...
  3. EA-18G Growler VAQ-132 "Scorpions" Hasegawa 1:48 The EA-18G is a development of the successful F/A-18F two seat Super Hornet that came into service in 1999 and replaced the Tomcat from 2006. It's intended that the EA-18G will replace the EA-6B that's currently in service in the carrier based electronic warfare role. The key benefits of the Growler are it's an ability to stay with the F/A-18s throughout the whole attack mission as well as using the INCANS Interference Cancellation System which allows friendly voice communication whilst jamming enemy communications, something the EA-6B can't do. Several minor modifications have been made to the wings to create a more stable platform for the electronic warfare role including leading edge wing fold fairings and wing fences. The Growler has since had its name changed to Grizzly (in the operational environment at least) due to the potential confusion of the names 'Growler' and 'Prowler'. The cannon on the Growler have been replaced with electronic attack equipment, some of which is also mounted on wingtip pods. Jamming is carried out by the addition of up to 5 ALQ-99 pods slung on the pylons under the wings in addition to Air-Air missiles. Unfortunately, the ALQ-99 has it's issues such as interfering with the aircrafts own radar and slowing the top speed of the aircraft down, so replacing these and adding next generation equipment is expected in the evolution of the Growler. The EA-18G has first seen combat in Operation Odyssey Dawn, enforcing the no-fly rules set to prevent the Libyan Government from attacking it's civilians in the civil war in March 2011. The kit Having reviewed the 1:72 scale version of this kit, it’s interesting to compare the same aircraft in the two scales. The top opening box includes the same art work as its smaller scale sister. 300 parts are included across 9 light grey sprues and clear one that’s bagged separately. The most noticeable difference between the two scales apart from the higher level of detail that you’d expect in 1:48th is the separate flaps and slats making for a more ‘dirty’ configuration straight from the box. The instructions are of the normal Hasegawa folding A4 document with surprisingly few stages; only 12 stages to assemble 300 parts, so careful attention is needed not to miss any detail. The diagrams are however clear. There are additional parts that are a carry over from the F model that the G tooling was modified from that aren’t required. An example of this is the inboard slats, the G model having a fillet where the wing fold is located. An extra sprue containing the correct parts is included. So let’s get into the build. As per normal construction starts with the cockpit. Typically Hasegawa, this is average in detail levels. The tub has moulded in switches and panels so it is possible to make it look quite busy with the paint brush. Each seat comprises 5 pieces, the centre, two side panels, ejector handle and top plate. Lacks of seatbelts are quite noticeable in this scale, so using some aftermarket detail to inject some life into your pit may be worth considering. Two crew figures are included if you like to use them in your builds, each with two types of helmet to choose from. I’ve read elsewhere that the rear cockpit panel is incorrect. If this bothers you, there is a good reference HERE to help you correct it. The cockpit locates on top of the nose gear bay which then fits between the two nose halves. Surface detail in the kit is very nicely done. A combination of recessed panel lines, hinges, raised details and rivets give a satisfactory finish. Something that is evident on the nose exterior as well as others that I’ll mention further in the review is very slight raised areas resulting from ejector pin marks on the inside surfaces. These may simply disappear under a coat of paint. If not, a slight rub down should fix them. Something to be aware of is some of the panel lines / nose detailing need amending due to the base kit being the F model originally. Diagrams are included in the instructions for carrying this out. In the review I’ve linked to above, it also points out that some of the perforated surfaces that are an over spill from the F model are not present on the G so some minor filling will make it more authentic. Despite the large number of parts, construction is quite simple. With the nose assembled, we move to the main body. As with most (if not all) F-18 kits, this is separated into top and bottom halves. Again, surface detailing is exquisite. Whilst the wings have separate flaps and slats, they don’t unfortunately have the folding wing options unless you decide to carry out this modification yourself. Hasegawa have thought of this in the design however as cut lines have been moulded into the wing fold points to make this easy. Full depth intake trunks are included being blanked off by the front compressor blades for the engine. Unfortunately, there are some ejector pin marks down the interior of the intakes, so these will need filling and blending as will the seam once the two halves of each trunk are joined. With the intakes assembled, they are fitted to the lower fuselage half and the wings assembled to the upper half. Before completing this, take note of the holes that need to be opened, both on the fuselage and wings as there are plenty of them. With the main fuselage constructed and nose glued in place, the tail feather and undercarriage are the next focus. The elevators are connected via a plastic ‘axle’ containing two polycaps so that they can be moved together once assembled. As with the nose parts, there is evidence of ejector pin marks pushing through into the external surfaces on the tails so probably better to apply a layer of primer to see if this is still evident afterwards. As with the wings, separate rudders are provided so they can be positioned at your discretion. The slats and flaps can be fitted at this stage as shown in the instructions or at the end after painting depending on your personal method of construction. You will need to decide which configuration you are choosing though as to select the correct parts for the flap actuator fairings. The undercarriage is a very detailed affair and captures the rugged look well. The only disappointment is ejector marks on the inside surface of the one piece nose wheels on the tyres. A small amount of filler will be necessary here to fill them. The burner cans are provided in the closed position. Detail is satisfactory. A full complement of weapons is included and very nicely detailed they are. The fins on the missiles are very thin giving good scale representation and the pylons have also been treated to a good dose of surface detail to compliment. The load is provided is as follows: ALQ-218(V)2 wingtip pods (x2) ALQ-99 high-band jamming pods (x2) ALQ-99 centreline low-band jamming pod (x1) 480 external wing tanks (x2) AGM-88 HARM (x2) AIM-120 AMRAAM (x2) The rather large canopy is thinly moulded giving no noticeable distortion. There is a thin seam down the centre of the canopy that will need to be polished out. The windscreen is supplied as a separate part allowing you to have the canopy either open or closed and a superb HUD is included on the clear sprue too. Finally, apart from a wealth of ‘sticky out bits’ such as antennas, a boarding ladder is included to finish the display if you choose to have it represented on the ground. Note in the picture below, I've removed the canopy from the sprue to be able to get a picture of it. Decals A lovely decal sheet is included representing an aircraft of VAQ-132 Scorpions in both High and Low vis marking options (2010 & 2011). The decals are vivid in colour, very sharp and no register problems visible. A good mix of aircraft markings, placards and stencils are included for both the aircraft and the ECM / weapon load out. Conclusion This is great release from Hasegawa. The cockpit could benefit from some extra detail and there’s a healthy supply of options to choose from if you go down that route. There are a few surface detail errors that carry over from the F model that the tooling was derived from, but other than that, the shape is very good and the exterior detailing quite stunning. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  4. Hello boys, It's been a long time I didn't post any completed plane here (it's also true that I didn't complete any plane in a long while, as well ). Well, here is my last effort, the Hasegawa P-39 in soviet markings. There are a few boo-boo, like the undersides cowl flaps which need to be re-positionned, but I hope you'll like the thing. Feel free to comment, It's my usual way of improving. Best Stef (#6)
  5. Hi all well my build of Vulcan XH535 is going quick and I want to do something different. Temptation has got the better of me and this kit has been messing with me for well over 12 months saying BUILD ME!! . So I have given in. This will be my first Russian plane I know little about it other that I love it and its a BIG BEAST. I will be doing it OOB though the decals look awful. I would appreciate help with colour call outs and possible colour options. First I need help with the interior colour I am not going to go mad in the pit mainly down to 1 I have not the spare cash for extras. 2 I dont think its going to need that much as it does not seem to have much to see. Here is what I have got to work with. picked her up of ebay for the extortionate price of £4.99 ! Rob
  6. The Harrier goes Night Attack Harrier AV-8B II NA, 164128 / CF02, VMA-211 "Wake Island Avengers", USMC, mid 1990s (Hasegawa 1/48th) The latest model in my Harrier build project (#16, 4 to go) is the Harrier AV-8B II NA (Night Attack) variant flown solely by the USMC. The AV-8B II NA was first delivered to the USMC in 1989, going to VMAT-203 (the training squadron) and VMA-214, the "Black Sheep". VMA-211, the "Wake Island Avengers" received theirs from May 1990 onwards and this particular example, 164128 / CF02 arrived in late August 1991. From the evidence I can find, 164128 seems to have spent a large proportion of its flying career with this unit and was with them in February 2013 (as CF22) and may still be there today (October 2013)? The aircraft is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having participated in OIF-I, OIF-II and OIF-III. This build uses the Hasegawa kit plastic straight from the box, with just the addition of a pilot taken from the Monogram / Revell AV-8B II and a ACMI pod from a Hasegawa Weapons set. Then things get tricky. A cursory glance at the photos below will tell you that I've painted 164128 in the Harrier Tactical Paint Scheme (HTPS), the question is, which one, and is it the right one? [Non-Harrier fans can skip this riveting examination of what greys are my 50 shades of grey]. Believing what's written on the WWW (let me down gently please if you think its a big tissue of lies), the original HTPS was Gunship Grey (FS36118) for the "saddle", Dark Compass Ghost Grey (FS36320) for the remaining topsides and Light Compass Ghost Grey (FS36375) for the undersides. Unfortunately, not only are photos of aircraft of this era rare, they also tend to focus on a limited set of aircraft serials and any colour references are limited or non-existent. The now "standard" HTPS is again Gunship Grey for the saddle, but Dark Ghost Grey (FS36231) for the topsides and Dark Compass Ghost Grey (FS36320) for the undersides. This standard came in during the early 90s, but of course jets would only be painted as and when in for other major maintenance tasks. Those of you familiar with these shades of grey will know that it's not easy to work out which is which from photographs. [if someone can, I've loads that need classifying - please PM!]. I'm not even sure that some of today's jets don't have the original scheme and even variants to that. Back in my project world, I went with the original HTPS and created some serial numbers / modex numbers and combined with the Superscale 48410 and kit decals to create 164128 / CF02 as she probably looked around 1993. [There's a photo of this jet in WAP Jounal 32]. Some Tamiya / Humbrol weathering and some dodgy artistic licence (compared with photo) finished the look. Vallejo matt varnish (single coat) to tidy it all up. Is it one of my better ones? I don't think so - the canopy was a nightmare, as was the MDC, the intakes are a bit of a bodge, the scheme may be totally wrong and the more I look at the weathering, the more I wonder what possessed me. If you're thinking you can't see that from the photos, then at least my photography is getting better!!! Self-deprecation aside, it does draw a mini-conclusion to the project in that I now have an example of every single seater variant (simplifying that the EAV-8B II and EAV-8B II Plus are in fact AV-8B II and AV-8B II Plus aircraft in all but name really). With just two Spanish variants, a USMC AV-8B II Plus and a Royal Navy GR.7, the end is very definitely in sight. My target, and you now how much fun it is to set and miss targets, is to have them all on the table at the Cosford Model Show in 2014, subject to Dave agreeing to have them on the Harrier SIG table and my finding enough boxes to transport them! This is how it turned out ... You can see a few more shots of this model and all the others by clicking on the "My Harrier Project Models" link in my signature. All feedback welcome as ever. Next on the production line is the EAV-8B II, Ole!
  7. Hi Guys, I will be building a Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F into a "Blue angels" bird. This build will go with me to Telford later this year. I t will have a place on the table of the Aerobatic Display Teams SIG in Telford. I will put later on some pictures of the sprues and content of the box. This one is already started, but I believe well within the 25% range. Cheers,
  8. Hi all, Just thought I'd upload a few pictures of the real space kits I've managed to complete since getting back into kit building. I'm sure everyone's seen them (and probably built them) many times but I enjoyed making them all. They are all mostly out the box with a few modifications here and there (for example I added plume deflectors on the Revell Lunar Module). The Revell kit was the first one I built after finding it on sale in Modelzone. I enjoyed building a Lunar Module so much I followed it with two more from Dragon Models straight away. Then while looking in the Airfix magazine I saw the Hasegawa Shuttle/Hubble kit. . Revell 1/48 LM 01 Revell 1/48 LM 02 Revell 1/48 LM 03 Dragon Models 1/72 First Lunar Landing 01 Dragon Models 1/72 First Lunar Landing 02 Dragon Models 1/72 First Lunar Landing 03 Dragon Models 1/48 LM 01 Dragon Models 1/48 LM 02 Hasegawa 1/200 Shuttle and Hubble Telescope 01 Hasegawa 1/200 Shuttle and Hubble Telescope 02 Hasegawa 1/200 Shuttle and Hubble Telescope 03 Hasegawa 1/200 Shuttle and Hubble Telescope 04 I'm going to upload a few pictures of my completed Sci-Fi kits in a separate post. They can be found here. My current build of Bandai's ISS Space Suit can be found here. Cheers, Stix
  9. I have the quite nice Hasegawa 1/72 Saab Draken in my stash and have a quick question before I build it. The kit only has drop tanks but I know they carried AIM-4 missiles as well. Which AIM-4 missiles did they use and in what combination with the drop tanks? thanks Mike
  10. Grumman F-14A Tomcat "VF-211 Iraqi Freedom" Hasegawa 1:72 Limited Edition The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was a supersonic twin engine / seat variable sweep wing fighter aircraft developed for the United States Navy. Grumman designed the fighter to fill a gap created by the collapse of the then FB-111B programme. Grumman were able to produce the unique swing wing design fairly quickly due to their earlier experiments with the XF10 Jaguar. The aircraft first flew in 1970, with the first deployment in 1974. By the late 1980s the Tomcat was starting to show its age. The first major upgrade at this time replaced the Tomcats engines with GE F-110-400s and an ALR-67 Radar Homing & warning system was fitted. Initially called the F-14A this was later re-designated F-14B. In the late 1990s 67 of these aircraft were further upgraded to extend airframe life, and to improve both offensive and defensive avionics; thus becoming known as F-14B Bombcats. The final upgrade to the Tomcat was the F-14D or Super Tomcat, the first being delivered in 1991. The original engines were the same as the F-14B, the GE F110-400. The F-14D featured new digital avionics including a glass cockpit. The original AWG-9 radar was replaced with a newer APG-71 system. Other upgrades at this time included new NACES Ejection Seats, an Airborne Self Protection Jammer, Tactical information System; and an Infra Red Search & Track system. Despite the F-14D being considered the definitive Tomcat not all Squadrons received them. The programme was subject to considerable political infighting. Some considered the aircraft basic 1960's technology and in the end the project was cancelled with only 37 new D models being built, and 18 A models being upgraded; where as the Navy had asked for a total of 132 aircraft. The US Navy retired the Tomcat finally in 2006. Grumman F-14A Tomcat "VF-211 Iraqi Freedom" VF-211 In 2003 VF-211 deployed for their final cruise with the F-14 to take part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, , flying mostly reconnaissance, "show of force" and ground support missions. The squadron flew the F-14A due to the decision to move all F-14Bs to Atlantic Fleet Squadrons. The Kit This A model Tomcat is one of Hasegawa's later toolings and as such features finely engraved panel lines. On opening the box the first thing that grabs your attention is that the box is packed with plastic. You get five large sprues in one bag, five smaller sprues in a smaller bag, the canopy in its own bag, and a small sheet of photo-etched parts. The main parts of this kit are exactly the same as those reviewed earlier by my fellow reviewer and can be seen; HERE Hasegawa have included one extra small sprue in this kit. This includes an AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod and a pair of F-14 LAU-138 Launcher rails for use in this kit. Canopy The large canopy of the F-14 is on a fairly comprehensive clear sprue. The parts are very clear, but due to the limitations of the moulding technology there is a larger centre seam in the main canopy which will need to be removed. Other clear parts include the HUD glass, nav lights, and nose camera lenses. Some of these parts are very small so care will be needed. The photo etch in the kit will really enhance the canopy should you wish to display it open. Photo Etched Parts A small fret of photo etched parts is supplied with the kit. This contains canopy rails, cockpit instrument panels, engine parts and ejection seat handles; along with some airframe grills. Decals Decals are provided for two aircraft from VF-211, the Commanding officers aircraft, and the CAG(Commander Air Group). Conclusion While there maybe a little flash on the parts this is still a good model of the F-14. Decals for one of the last combat uses of the Tomcat are a plus. Recommended for the modeller and the Tomcat fan alike. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  11. This one has been on and off the bench over the last year or so and I finally got time and the energy to finish it. Its the excellent Hasegawa MaK Falke Anti Gravity Fighter and I just love the mix of what looks like a 1950's hotrod and the big cannon up front. It also gave me a chance to try out the AK Interactive Chipping fluid, which takes some getting used to but I like very much. I love MaK as you can mess it up and go to town on weathering. Paint is a mix of Vallejo, Hasegawa and some AK Interactive and Mig Weathering powders, oils and fluids. The base is a bit of wood I found in the shed and it has a length of acrylic rod on the underside to set at an angle so that it looks like its in a right turn so you can see the dirty underside too. Altogether Im pretty happy with it. As usual any constructive criticism is alwayw welcomed J.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Hasegawa is to release in October 2013 a brand new tool 1/32nd Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-kai "George" kit. Sources: http://www.hlj.com/product/HSGST33/Air http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10242229 V.P. Sorry, discovered after posting: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234929812-hasegawa-132-shidenkai-george-coming/?hl=george
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. I have been blogging this build. This is the Hasegawa 1/48 kit, with some modifications.
  22. 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).
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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