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July 15 2017 at 7:56 PM
Chris Cowx  (Login crcowx)
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Response to Hasegawa 1/48 Zero - anything to be wary of?

I am currently in the midst of a slow Type 21 and a Type 32 build. I would suggest that what everyone here says about the seat and cockpit detail is correct. Add in some brake lines and wiring on the engine and you are in pretty good shape. I would also use an aftermarket gunsight and maybe an instrument panel if you are wanting to go to town.

Overall, it is a good kit, but it is 20+ years old. Detail is not up to current top of the line, but it is close and very acceptable.

Construction issue to keep in mind are few, but there are a couple:

-The rear fuselage and lower wing join could do with a little tab of plastic to give it some strength and to line it up easily.
-The insert at the front of the lower wing that includes the oil cooler intake is a bit fussy to get in place. If you mess it up there will be some ugly and difficult seams to remove in the wheel wells. Just take some care and perhaps some little shims of plastic to help secure and line it up.
-Hollow out the exhaust, perhaps after you glue them to the underside of the cowling. You might even want to scribe a line around them once installed so that a wash will make it look like they are poked through a hole, rather than glued to the outside.
-The decals are ok, but they definitely need Mr. Mark softener. Better yet replace them with something aftermarket!

Good luck and post pictures, if you can these days!


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