Monday, April 27, 2009

Nakajima B5N2 Kate 1/72 Hasagawa

Although I mostly model US aircraft from Pearl Harbor, I was surprised to see this release at the Silicon Valley Kick Off Model Show 2009. Hasagawa is known for manufacturing short runs of previous released kits with new box art, decals and accessories. Hasagawa usually never promotes these releases and if you don't see it at the local hobby shop most likely you would not know that it even exists.

The original release of a Nakajima B5N2 (Kate) did come with decals for a Pearl Harbor B5N2 from the Hiryu. This reissue excludes those decals and includes the markings for two other Pearl harbor aircraft, one for the planner of the Pearl Harbor attack Commander Mituo Fuchida from the Akagi and markings for another aircraft from the Hiryu. Also included with this set is a three part resin bomb that should be used in place of the kit supplied torpedo.

Pro: Extra markings for two other Pearl Harbor aircraft, recessed panel lines, detailed engine, correct resin bomb.
Con: Interior OK, original decals for a third Pearl Harbor aircraft not included, thick windows (can be replaced by Squadron clear window).

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