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  1. Here is the He 219 A-0 G9+FK. Continuing my Night Fighter series. I wanted to replicated as much as possible the original plane, I'm am pretty satisfied I achieved this. The Platz (Dragon) in 1/72 is overall a very good kit to build, there were some fitment issues with the wings to the fuselage and the undercarriage, I'll know what do next time! For those interested in this kit the Platz kit comes with weights and p.e which is extra over the Dragon offering so I suggest go with this one at least for the weights. I think it still needs to be heavier in the nose so I will add more weight at a future date. The original flown by Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow 2./NJG1 with FuG 220 SN-2 and Fug 212 Germany 1944 Anyway here she is, love to here your comments.
  2. Hello everyone Here is my Platz 1:144 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-12/R14 (early) I built in 2013. Inspired by one of the unbuilt variants of the Fw 190D family illustrated in the Valiant Wings book, I made this rather simple conversion from a D-9 to a torpedo-carrying D-12. The forward cowl had the gun bulges and troughs removed and smoothened out, the wing bulges removed, the supercharger intake enlarged, a cannon hole made in the propeller tip and the blades sanded to a more rounded shape. The torpedo came from a Minicraft He 111 and I added the pylon clamps to hold it and the torpedo's tail wing. The tail of the D-12 was supposed to be of the Ta 152 type but that was beyond my skills so that is why it's a D-12 (early)!! The kit represents "Blue E", KG200, Luftwaffe, in 1945 (fictitious of course) with a scheme of my own making. The kit was painted and varnished with brush. The decals came from various sources. Thank you for looking and all comments are welcome as always Miguel
  3. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Heinkel He.219A-7 Uhu kit (manufactured by Dragon) - ref. AE-1 Release expected in July 2016 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5446&language=en http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/5446.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10383511 V.P.
  4. Platz is to release a 1/72nd Fuji T-1B kit - ref. AC-22 Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/199672/2/ V.P.
  5. On display in the Platz stand at the recent Shizuoka's UAMC 2018 was what looks like a 1/72nd (?) Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation NAMC YS-11 test model. Source: http://platz-media.com/blog/2018/02/10/uamc-2018-shizuoka/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook http://platz-media.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_7608.jpg V.P.
  6. Hello All, My last finished product, a Platz 1/144 RF-4E in German guise. The platz kit is very nice and went together without too much grief OOB. Thanks for looking Ian
  7. I posted my earlier attempt at this kit earlier, but as there are two in the box it would be rude not to build both. So this one is a machine of the Squadron commanders bird from the 87th FIS. Both together Thanks for looking.
  8. New from Platz to be announced at the 58th All Japan Model and Hobby show in late September. It does not say if it is or not a newly tooled kit, just new. http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/7236.html Robert
  9. Platz (new?) F-Toys 1/72nd Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa kit - ref. Sources: http://platz-media.com/blog/2018/09/19/hayabusa/ https://www.facebook.com/platz.hobby/photos/a.427377477276709/2308569735824131/?type=3&theater V.P.
  10. Sources: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10183968 & http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4026.html 1/72nd Mitsubishi F-1 by Platz (http://www.platz-hobby.com) - ref. AC-9 Review in your favourite forum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951934-mitsubishi-f-1-172-platz/ V.P
  11. Wow! Next big surprise after the Fine Molds F-14 Tomcat Source: Hobby Search Japan: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10321319 - Mainstay fighter of the Air Self-Defense Force to protect the empty Japan [F-15J Eagle] is, appeared long-awaited. - A has been reproduced in full new mold Eagle, Platts is I will send you with confidence! [Main Features] - Completely new mold - Accurately modeled to detail by the actual coverage - Airframe shape faithfully reproduce the actual every detail - Split the parts engine nozzle committed to detail - Mold of panel line is reproduced in delicate and sharp - Armed sets such as AAM-3 AAM-3,99 Expressions air-to-air guided missile AAM-4 - Zo-so 3 pcs set the 610 gallons tank - It can reproduce the # 305 Squadron in 2013 against competition machine - Current of each unit mark and details caution data is reproduced in the decal - Platts made unpainted plastic model kit ( This is a machine translation. Please allow for possible misinterpretations in the text. )
  12. Oops I did'nt notice. A review in you favourite forum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970145-mitsubishi-t-2-blue-impulse-172-platz/ Improvement set review in your favourite forum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970149-mitsubishi-t-2-interior-set-172-platz/ --------------------------------------------------- After the F-1 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946745-172-mitsubishi-f-1-by-platz-released/?hl=platz) Platz has released a 1/72nd Mitsubishi T-2 "Blue Impulse" kit - ref.AC-13 Sources: http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/4317.html http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10270998 http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=18236 V.P.
  13. At Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 Platz is to release a new tool 1/72nd McDD F-4EJ Phantom II kit - ref. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/posts/1960234187384789 https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/photos/pcb.1960234187384789/1960233957384812/?type=3&theater V.P.
  14. This is the latest in my project of building the US military's "large" drones; the Platz RQ-4N. Subsequent to the release of this kit the UAV was renamed MQ-4C Triton. This kit is very similar to their RQ-4B Global Hawk kit. The main difference are the fuselage bottom piece, that includes the Navies ground (water?) search radar and a new IR turret, and the decals. Both kits have issues with warping, the RQ-4B in the fuselage halves and this one in the wing upper and lower parts. Other then the warping the fit was generally good except for the area around the lower engine compartment. The decals were excellent with no silvering, but since this kit was release while the aircraft was still undergoing testing and before before it was deployed, they are a bit of a fantasy in nature. The MQ-4C is just starting to be deployed with VUP-19 and a web search turned up this site; https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2016/11/02/navy-s-mq-4c-triton-community-gets-its-very-first-squadron/ which contained this picture; and this drawing of their emblem; I also found this picture: All of the decals were present on the sheet, including the "PE", except for the emblem, so I made my first foray into making my own decals. I was able to edit the above drawing using PhotoShop Online and then print the 2 sides on clear decal paper using my trusty HP Deskjet 5550 photo printer. The results were definitely not water proof so I then gave them a coat of MicroScale Superfilm to water proof them. The results came out OK but with a thick-ish film. I am not sure if that is the decal paper I was using or the Superfilm. I am guessing it was the paper and if anyone can suggest a good quality paper I would appreciate it. So on to the pictures Just for perspective here are my first 4 and the latest of the "large" UAVs These are, from left to right. the MQ-4C Triton, the MQ-9 Reaper, the RQ-4B Global Hawk and the MQ-1B Predator. Missing is the MQ-1C Grey Eagle which no one seems to be making a kit of in 1/72, and BTW don't bother buying the Italeri MQ-1C die cast model. it is just an MQ-1B with Italian marking. Next up I have the 4 smaller "large" UAVs; the MQ-8B Fire Scout, RQ-7B Shadow, RQ-5B Hunter and RQ-2A Pioneer. I am going to start on the MQ-8B, but being that they are small and seem to all be the same color I might just gang build all of them at once. Enjoy.
  15. Hi all! Well the next one rolls out of the paint shop in the form of a Lockheed AT-33A Shooting Star, depicted as she was when operated later in her life with the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (the Uruguayan Air Force). Over time the FAU operated 11 of these machines from Durazno Air Base in the centre of the country, with 2 more acquired for spares. “207”, originally a T-33A-20-LO, she was 53-4919 in USAF service and was operated in Uruguay from 23/07/1969 to 05/06/1997. She went on to be one of the last that was operated by the air arm. The T-33s in Uruguayan service had many schemes. Originally they were flown in natural metal finish with the usual national insignia and a unit badge on the port side, for the Grupo de Aviación Nº 2 (Caza). This unit continued to operated them in US-style SEA camouflage, and then Green and Grey camouflage (like US ‘Lizard’). The last machines received were operated in the ADC grey that they had on arrival, and at least one (“209”) flew with “US AIR FORCE” titling still visible on the nose. For this build I have tried to get as close as my old hands would allow to this: I used a little “modeller’s licence” for the camo pattern. The kit is the excellent Platz T-33A kit. I made some errors because I was rushing but I think I got away with it. She is pretty much OOB apart from the markings and the seats. So, what did I do/use?: Platz T-33A Shooting Star kit 1/72 True Details resin seats Mimicked the guns with half round 0.8mm Plastruct rod I added wing pylons from an Airfix F-80 The paints used were Humbrol enamels throughout – the regular 116/117/118/28 (Green/Green/Tan/Grey), plus Black, Flat Aluminium (27001), Gunmetal. Mattcote overall. The decals are Aztec (T-37 wing roundels). I printed the serials, the checkerboard, the unit badge and tail flag on a mix of clear and white decal sheet. Other stencils etc were from the kit and a Microscale Latin Air Forces set for the T-33. From the image above the serial font appears more RCAF than USAF so I went that way, right or wrong. Weathered with Flory Dirt and Tamiya Weathering powders I hope you like her. Thanks for looking. Martin
  16. Platz is to rebox the Eduard's 1/72nd MiG-15UTI "Midget" kit - ref. AE-4 A test build was on display at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2016 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1111514358943111&set=a.148871311874092.33321.100002536719681&type=3&theater V.P.
  17. I finished these recently for the Mustang STGB III. Red Dog XII was built OOB whilst Petie 2nd received some interior work in the cockpit which included sidewall details and instrument panel using the Airfix 1/72 kit as a guide. I also split the one piece canopy to give the fixed and sliding sections on this aircraft and added some tape belts to both models. I painted Red Dog XII using Vallejo's Metal Color Acrylic Aluminium after a Gloss Black primer coat from the same manufacturer whilst Petie 2nd had Mr Metal Aluminium applied and this was buffed to a shine with kitchen paper towel. For those who are interested, more details of the build can be found here P-51D Mustang x 2
  18. Hello All, After 6 months, a change of airbrush, a lot of swearing and lots of "what the heck am I doing"? here is my interpretation of Hans Dortenmann's mount in 1/144 scale. This is not the first one of these I have done and they are exceptional kit to build. oooops forgot to remove the canopy mask..... Happy modelling all, Happy to take questions. Ian
  19. Hi, X-47B US Navy UCAS model from PLATZ in 1/72 scale. Completed in Apr'16. Construction blog is here: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/1742-x-47b-us-navy-ucas-172-platz/
  20. Lockheed T-33 1:72 TanModel The T-33 is a jet trainer developed from the P-80 Shooting Star by Lockheed during the late-1940s. Initially intended as a trainer variant of the P-80 fighter aircraft, the T-33 was created by lengthening the fuselage of the P-80 by approximately three feet and adding a second cockpit. Over 7,000 T-33s were built in total, far outstripping production number of the original fighter aircraft. In total, over 30 nations have used the T-33, many of which were supplied via the US Foreign Military Assistance programme. As well as being one of the most widely used jet trainers in the world, the T-33 has been used for reconnaissance, target towing, drone directing, and even as an aerial target. Some counties have flown the T-33 on combat operations, for example the Cuban Air Force during the Bay of Pigs invasion. A handful of airframes are still in service with the Bolivian Air Force, and of course many more fly on in the hands of private operators. As well as those manufactured in the US, T-33s were made under licence by Canadair in Canada, and Kawasaki in Japan. The Kit For this kit Tan model have taken the excellent Platz Plastic and re-boxed this for the European market with an impressive 10 decal options and a set of canopy masks. Tan Model have even impressed Platz to such an extent that they are going to import this boxing back to Japan (at the time of writing it is unsure if this will cause a modelling paradox making the world to implode!). The kit is packed into a glossy, top-opening box, inside which are four sprues of grey plastic, a single small clear sprue, decals, masks and instructions. As with other kits by Platz, the parts are superbly moulded and the overall impression is of a high-quality, state-of-the-art kit. Surface detail is very good, with finely engraved panel lines and fastener/rivet detail. There is no evidence of flash anywhere on the parts and ejector pin marks are well controlled. The sprue gates are fairly restrained, although those on the leading edge of the wing will need to be dealt with carefully. Fans of the unconventional look away now, as construction starts with the cockpit. This sub-assembly is made up of eight parts, including a nicely moulded cockpit tub, a pair each of ejector seats, instrument panels and control columns, and the internal framework for the canopy. The instrument panels and side consoles are represented with fine, raised detail, but decals are also provided if you prefer them. The seats are perhaps the weakest aspect of this area, although they are far from bad.The fuselage is split into four parts, with a break just aft of the wing trailing edge. The cockpit fits inside the front fuselage along with the nose gear bay and rear bulkhead. The aft section can be left off anf the engine exposed. There is a trolley for the rear fuselage. The instructions recommend the addition of 3 grams of nose weight, so take heed of this lest you end up with a tail sitter. Moving further down the airframe, the rear fuselage is split vertically with the tailfin moulded in one piece on the port side. Nevertheless, the trailing edge of the rudder is a little thick and could benefit from some sanding down. Here the join line is moulded at the bottom of the starboard side of the fin along a complex panel line at the base of the fin in order to disguise the join on the finished model. A basic jet pipe is included to prevent the dreaded see-through effect. The wings are split into upper and lower halves, with the lower span moulded in a single piece. The main landing gear bay is pretty good, with some convincing structural detail moulded in place. The tip tanks look very good, but you will need to take care when sanding out the join line so as not to destroy the raised reinforcing strip. The landing gear is very nice for the scale, and the wheel rim/tyre join nicely defined which should help when it comes to painting. The landing gear doors are all pretty thin which is nice, and adds extra realism, as do the separately moulded airbrakes and hydraulic actuators. The canopy is moulded as a single, solid part. This is a bit of a disappointment as the cockpit is pretty good, but having said that, it is reasonably thin and clear. Decals The new expansive decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and is upto their usual excellent quality. There are 10 options on the new sheet; Luftwaffe JA-396. 2/JG71, Ahlhorn AB, West Germany 1962. Spanish Air Force. E.15.10 No.41 Group, Valenzuela Air Base, 1982. Turkish Air Force, 4228/8-228, Izmir AB mid 1970's. Turkish Air Force, 25791, Izmir AB mid 1970's USAFE, 0-34958/TR-958. Soesterberg AB, The Netherlands 1972. French Air Force 53103/314-VP, Creuk AB, France 1970's. Belgian AF Ft-10, Blind Flying School, Brustem AB, Belgium 1968 Italian Air Force, MM-51-17531/6-31, 636, Ghedi AB, Italy 1977. USMC 2138078/MY/078, USA 1975. Indonesian Ar Force, J-333. No.11 Sn, TNI-AU, Halim AB, Indonesia 1972 Conclusion The original kit from Platz is a new tool quality product. The additions from TanModel make this a must get kit. It should also now be more available in than the original kit was. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Distributed in the UK by
  21. Platz is to release a 1/144th Kawasaki C-1 kit - ref.? Source: http://hobby.dengeki.com/event/199672/2/ V.P.
  22. Platz is to release a 1/144th Saab J35F Draken kit - ref. FC-4 Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/160513 V.P.
  23. 1/72 RQ-4B Global Hawk Maintenance Version by Platz What happened with this kit with opened engine and electronics bays? http://hlj.com/product/PLZAC-10/Air HLJ list kit as a Jan. 2016 Release but... http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10200570 H.S: preorder started Sep. 21, 2012 What happened with this kit?
  24. F-15J Eagle 1:72 Platz JSDF Aircraft Series Since its introduction into service in 1974, the F-15 Mig Killer has developed a fearsome reputation as an air superiority fighter. With over 100 kills to its name, half of them being with the Israeli Air Force, not a single F-15 has been lost in air-to-air combat. Despite the introduction of more capable aircraft in the 21st century, there is still a place for the proven F-15 on the front lines such was the foresight in its design some 40+ years ago. The need for a replacement to the F-4 was identified in the mid 1960s to counter the threat of existing and new aircraft that were being designed by the Soviet Union. Initially, the request was for an aircraft that had both air and ground capabilities and considerably heavier and faster than the F-4, however this was changed to focus on air superiority in both close and long range scenarios following analysis of air-to-air combat in the US Air Force in the 60s. With 4 manufacturers entering the competition to supply the USAF with an aircraft to meet their F-X requirement, the F-15 won with the decision being made in 1969. Powered by P&W F100 engines, it had a power weight ratio greater than 1, low wing loading to improve manoeuvrability, a radar that could identify low flying targets amongst ground clutter and operate beyond visual range and had all round visibility for the pilot improving visibility significantly compared to the F-4. Not least, one of the lessons learned was that a gun is necessary, so a Vulcan M-61 cannon was installed. With the first flight taking place in 1972 of the F-15A, the first of 483 F-15Cs flew in 1978 benefiting from additional internal fuel, ability to carry the ungainly conformal fuel tanks, the APG-63 PSP radar that could be reprogrammed to suit new weapons, stronger landing gear to cope with a greater maximum weight and new flight systems. In 1985, the F-15s coming off the production lines were to become part of the MSIP (Multi-stage Improvement Programme) that would allow ease of adaptation for developing weapons systems. Whilst the US are the largest operator of the F-15, first blood was achieved with the Israeli Air Force in 1979 developing an enviable reputation against Syrian Migs over Lebanon and went on to use the air-ground capability in the 80s. During the Gulf War, the US followed up this success with their F-15s again in combat with Mig 21s, 23s, 25s and 29s. Of the 39 air-air victories scored by the US Air Force in the Gulf War, the F-15Cs had claimed 34 of them. Over 170 F-15Cs will remain in service for many years to come yet. More recent upgrades to the aircraft are a new AN/APG Radar that link to the helmet mounted sighting system as well as the latest evolutions in armament to ensure that the F-15 remains a potent weapon. As well as Continuing service with the US and Israeli Air Forces, the F-15 also continues to operate with Japan and Saudi Arabia. For the JASDF the first two Eagles were constructed in the US, the rest of the F-15Js were then constructed in Japan under license. Starting in 1982 and ending in 1998 165 Eagles were delivered. In December 2004, the Japanese Government approved a Mid-Term Defence Program (MTDP) to modernize the F-15J to J-MSIPs over five years in accordance with new National Defence Program Guidelines. The upgrade is being implemented in phases, but ultimately the upgrade will include a new ejection seat; replaced IHI-220E engines; more powerful processor; uprated electrical generation and cooling capabilities to support more avionics and the Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)1 radar which has been produced under license by Mitsubishi Electric since 1997. The new radar will support the new AAM-4 missile. The Kit It is good to see this new tool kit from Platz. Following their new tool F-1 & T-2 kits it is good to see the Eagle is up to that standard. In the box you get five main sprues and two smaller sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprues and a decal sheet. Of note straight away is that the wings have a lap type joint to the main fuselage rather than a but fit which should be stronger, and easier to hide the join. The exhausts are 21 parts for each engine which should be enough detail for anyone! Full intakes and exhaust are provided. Intakes can be passed in two positions. There is also an innovative pin support to attach the front fuselage to the main body (typically a weak point in F-15 kits). The panel lines will be to deep for some people but not for the reviewer. Construction starts shockingly in the cockpit area! The ejection seat is a five part affair (but no belts). Once assembled this is placed in the cockpit tub. The rear bulkhead to the electronics bay is added along with separate rudder pedals, control column and instrument panel. The sides for the electronics bay are then added into the appropriate fuselage halves, the cockpit ub added, and the front fuselage can then be closed up. The front coming for the instrument panel is then added along with the nose cone. Platz recommend 3g of weight be added, though I would be tempted to cram in as much as possible. The final part to add to the front fuselage section is the innovative pin which will be used to attach this subassembly to the main fuselage. Construction then moves to the main fuselage. The full length intake/exhaust assembly is then made up. The engine faces and exhaust faces are added in and they can then be closed up. It is probably best to paint the insides before closing them up. The main top/bottom parts of the main fuselage can then be sandwiched around the intakes. Even if you should wish to use intake blanks/exhaust covers you will have to make these parts, not only do other parts attach to them, but the provide rigidity for the main fuselage. Side parts are then added along with front intake parts to complete this sub-assembly. Next the variable intakes are assembled. Here there are a choice of parts depending on whether you wish to mould them drooped or not. The next major step is to attach the forward fuselage to the main one. As mentioned Platz have engineered a pin and hole arrangement here to ensure a sturdy fit between the two. This is further reinforced by the addition of a top part which carries the canopy hinge mechanism. As someone who has suffered a front fuselage detachment on another well know Japanese branded kit, I can appreciate the thinking Platz have done here. To finish up the fuselage the canopy can be fitted in either the open or closed position, as can the air brake (though I suspect most will leave both of these items until last). The next area to be constructed is the exhaust nozzles. Each nozzle consists of a main ring to which five petals are attached. Each petal has three control arms. This makes each exhaust a 21 part affair. No lack of detail here! When complete these can be added to the rear of the main fuselage assembly. The tail parts can be added at this point. Standard ones and upgraded J/APQ-1 parts are included. The modeller will need to check their references on these unless they can read the Japanese text for instructions! The main wings can then be added. While they have upper and lower parts the lower part is more of an insert so the leading/trailing edges are one moulded part and wont suffer from being too thick. The outer flaps are moulded separately. The single part tails, and tail-planes are also added at this point. Next up on our list of sub-assemblies is the landing gear. There is a single part leg for the nose gear, with a single part wheel. The only other items to be added are the landing lights. The main gear is slightly more complicated. Each leg is a four part affair, with the wheel split between the tyre and the hub (which should make painting a lot easier!). Once made up the landing gear can be attached to the fuselage along with gear doors. The last items to be constructed are the underwing stores. Three fuel tanks are included, as are four AMRAAMs and four Japanese AAM-4 missiles. These are attached to the airframe along with a host of antenna and small fuselage fixings which are generally left until last to avoid breaking them off. Decals Decals are provided for six different JSADF Squadrons. 42-8834 201 Sqn. 42-8945 304 Sqn. 22-8931 203 Sqn. 22-8931 306 Sqn. 42-8945 204 Sqn. 42-8834 23 T Sqn. There do seem to be more Squadron insignia on the sheet though than are mentioned in the instructions. Photoetch It should be noted that the photoetch parts DO NOT come with the kit, they are available as a separate item. The parts supplied on here are; underside of the main airbrake, instrument panel, seat belts, inside upper parts of the intake tunnel, front and rear missile launcher faces (if you are not going to use the missiles), HUD; and a variety of blade antennas. Conclusion This is welcome kit from Platz, a great improvement on the older kits available, and a great kit of the new modern JSDF Eagle for those of us who like to model modern Japanese subjects. It is a shame Platz have not included the PE parts in the kit as they will enhance it. Hopefully Platz will bring us some of the more colourful schemes the JASDF apply to their Eagles. Overall Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Mitsubishi T-2 Early Type 1:72 Platz The Mitsubishi T-2 is a twin seat training aircraft which was designed and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. A total of 90 were built for the Japanese Air Self Defence Force. The last T-2 left service in March 2006. In the late 1960s the JASDF looked at getting an advanced trainer as they found that the existing Fuji T-1 did not meet the need to train pilots for the front line fighters such as the F-104 and F-4 of the time. consideration was given to buying a foreign aircraft; with The T-38 Talon and the SEPECAT Jaguar being offered. Japan did try and acquire a licence to build the Jaguar which failed. It is cited that SEPECAT wanted to high a fee for this, but has been suspected that nationalism also played a part. The T-2 was developed along side the F-1 with a common airframe being able to fulfil both roles with a little modification. Despite looking very similar to the Jaguar (and using the same engines) the aircraft was noticeably longer and had a shorter wingspan. In addition single wheels were used as the aircraft had no rough field requirement in its design. The deign was finalised in 1969 and the first XT-2 prototype flew in July of 1971. A total of 90 T-2's were built. 28 T-2A's which were unarmed, and 62 T-2B's which were armed. The last T-2 was finished in 1988. The T-2 was retired by 2006 being replaced in the training role by the T-4. The Kit I must say as a fan of post WWII Japanese aviation it was a pleasure to see a new tool T-2. It was originally released in a boxing for the Japanese Aerobatic Display Team, the Blue Impulse which was reviewed here. It was mentioned at then it was hoped more versions would be produced. It seems Platz have done this with this release which covers early T-2s in JASDF service. The nice thing as well is that the plastic is a normal light grey, unlike that bright blue plastic in the Blue Impulse boxing. With this release Platz have given us markings to allow any 29 of the early T-2s to be modelled. The decals are printed by Cartograf of Italy and are up to their exact standards. They are glossy and in register with great colour definition. Fine sealant lines for the canopy are included in white on the decal sheet though its almost impossible to see these on the scan (top left corner). A full compliment of stencils are provided on the sheet as well as decals for the weapons, and what also look to be Remove Before Flight Tags. Given Platz's normal aftermarket decal sheets its pleasure to see all the stencilling on this sheet. Conclusion This is welcome kit from Platz, a great improvement on the older kits available, and a great new tool kit for those of us who like to model modern Japanese subjects. Lets hope there are some more standard boxings of the T-2 to come, or a at least a release of some of their great decals in 1.72 scale to compliment this kit. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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