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source: http://www.hlj.com/product/DYS50075/Air 1/72 Kawasaki T-4 Blue Impulse by Doyusha Their Blue Impulse Sabre and other 1/72 kits are reboxed from Hobby Boss but this render looks like new tool. http://www.doyusha-model.com/ http://www.doyusha-model.com/hs_new_3.html
Mitsubishi T-2 Blue Impulse 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. A noticeable user of the T-2 in JASDF service were their aerobatic team The Blue Impulse. They transitioned to this aircraft from their F-86 Sabre in 1981. The Kit I must say as a fan of post WWII Japanese aviation its a pleasure to see this new kit from Platz. There is nothing wrong with the Existing Hasegawa kit but it is now starting to show its age. It was anticipated that a T-2 would be on the way following their earlier release of the excellent F-1, our review of which can be seen here As you would expect from a new tool kit the mouldings are sharp and crisp with finely engraved panel lines and rivet detail where needed. The moulding are fairly conventional with a left & right fuselage, one part upper wing with lower parts fitting in. The main wing fits over the top of the fuselage so there are no butt joint wings which is good. In one break from tradition the vertical tail is one part which fits onto the top of the fuselage (maybe because of the different tail between the F-1 & T-2). Construction with no surprise starts with the cockpit. As its the T-2 the modeller get to build both cockpits. The instrument panels and side consoles can be painted or decals from the decal sheet used. Once the cockpit tub is installed the fuselage can be closed up and the intakes fitted. These have a little bit of depth to them but are no where near full length. The main fuselage parts do not wrap underneath but separate inserts must then be added. A side insert is then added. A note here is that the first 28 T-2's were not armed with a 20mm and the rest were. The Blue Impulse flew both types so the modeller will have to consult the instructions and their own references to add the correct insert. Following this its time for the wings. The main wing comes as one part for the top to which the bottom inserts are added. The wings are designed so that the trailing edges are on the one part top wing, and separate leading edges are provided in order that they can be of a realistic scale thickness as well. Holes need to be added for the landing light clear parts and wing pylons at this stage. At least this mean if you dont want to use all the pylons you will not have holes to fill (The Blue Impulse have been seen with External Tanks on these pylons, and with no pylons so the decision is upto the modeller). The tail panes and vertical fin can now be added. Though I suspect some will leave the tail planes off until later. ] Following this a three part exhaust nozzle for each side is added along with airbrakes which can be posed either open or closed. The follows the landing gear which does not appear to be too complex. There are also quite a few nicely moulded intakes and exhaust for equipment bays etc to be added. Lastly the pylons can be added as needed and the weapons built up and added. For the wing-tip rails some Blue Impulse Aircraft have been seen with dummy Sidewinders on these rails. Canopy The canopies are quite thin and seem very clear. A framed windscreen is provided alongside a one piece windscreen. The instructions indicate that the one part screen was fitted after 1989, so a double check on your reference if you can find them would be a good idea. Decals With this release Platz have only given us the markings for The Blue Impulse Aerobatic display Team. Anyone of the team members can be modelled. [ceneter] 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 It was hoped following their excellent F-1 kit that a T-2 was in the works and this has been Borne out. 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. It is a pity they have used this dark blue plastic instead of the grey used for the F-1, though its understandable why they have done it. Lets hope there are some more standard boxings of the T-2 to come(in grey!), 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
Kawasaki T-4 'Blue Impulse 2013' 1:72 Hasegawa - Limted Edition Double Kit Boxing 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, the 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 currently fly seven T-4s, though only six display at one time. The team aircraft are painted blue and white following previous schemes. They are equipped with a smoke system which can generate white, red, blue and yellow smoke. The Kit The Hasegawa T-4 kit is the only current kit of the T-4 in 1:72 scale, the kit was tooled back in 1989 and has been steadily re-released ever since. This Double boxing has been released with markings for the 2013 Blue Impulse Aerobatic Display Team. Construction starts with the cockpit, you get a basic cockpit tub into which two seats and instrument panels are added along with the control columns. Decals are provided for the instrument panels and side consoles. After adding the cockpit, and the forward gear well the fuselage can be closed up.. The wings (traditional top & bottom construction) can then be joined to the fuselage along with the tail planes and intakes, once this is done the exhausts can be added along with the main and nose landing gear. Finally the modeller can decide to add external tanks if they wish. Blue Impulse aircraft have been seen displaying with and without these tanks. Decals The decals are the star of this re-boxing. Decals are provided to make any two of the Blue Impulse Team. Conclusion This is not a new tool by any means, but neither is it an ancient tooling that is crying out to be replaced. For this scale the detail included in the kit is sufficient for a great many of us, and for the T-4 it is the only game in town in this scale, with little likelihood of a new tooling, given that it is not widely used outside Japan. Overall I would recommend this kit. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
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