Platz have once again teamed up with Eduard to produce an etched detail set aimed primarily at the domestic Japanese market. This time the subject is the J.A.S.D.F.'s intermediate jet trainer, the Kawasaki T-4.
The set arrives in a plastic wallet, with the single etched fret further protected on a card backing in its own zip-lock bag. The set adds plenty of detail to the cockpits of Hasegawa's kit with 60 new parts, many of them pre-painted.
The kit's ejector seats receive harnesses and firing handles, plus headrest details, while the main instrument panel and side consoles are replaced with new metal fasciae. The main panel is in two layers to give depth to the bezels, which should look great with a drop of varnish to glaze them. The pre-printing is excellent, with some very fine detail that would be almost impossible to reproduce by other means.
Rounding off the cockpit tub are new rudder pedals, document holders and throttles, plus a delicate HUD to fold to shape. Lastly there are a pair of mirrors for the inside of the canopy.
The instructions are clearly drawn in familiar Eduard-style on both sides of an A-5 sheet. Colour coding is used to show where parts fit and modifications are necessary. Although the header text is in Japanese, construction notes are in English.
This isn't a complex set so it would be suitable for newcomers to using etched upgrades. Nevertheless, it will still make a very worthwhile improvement to the Hasegawa kit's cockpit. Recommended.
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Highs: Highly detailed with superb pre-printing.Lows:Verdict: Not too complex for anyone unused to etched parts, this will take the office of Hasegawa's kit to new levels of detail.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...