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Builds very well out of the box!

July 15 2017 at 7:14 PM
Mrockhill  (Login type99)
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Response to Hasegawa 1/48 Zero - anything to be wary of?

I agree that a mask set is a nice thing to have for a Zero (or any kit IMHO) the only fit issue I had was smoothing out the underside wing to fuselage join, otherwise it was a smooth build.

The cockpit has a very respectable level of detail but I would either sand the seat down to something much closer to scale thickness and then open up the lightening holes with a pin vise drill as I did or buy one of the nicer aftermarket seats.

This is the only improvement that is easily noticed in the cockpit area without craning necks and using flashlights. I added some other details in mine but the seat is the money shot.

I used kit decals on mine, which where of the "Ivory" variety dating from the mid 90s. They didnt appear nearly as off white once on the model.

Despite appearing thinner on the sheet vs tamiya decals they seemed thicker on the model and didnt lay down well with micro sol/set. Mr mark softer and hot water is how I handle hasegawa decals now.

I have not used more recent hasegawa decals but do have some and they are definitely white now. I cant comment on how well they lay down but I will find out in a few months when I finish up a 1/72 hasegawa model 21.

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