Hasegawa 1/72 A6M3 Type22/32 "Iwakuni Flying Group" Combo
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||2 complete kits|
Now I know that these are not new kits. In fact, they come from the mid 1980s so in some books, this makes them classicsis. However, the molds have held up quite well and inspection of the parts shows only a small amount of flash. You do get two complete kits in the box, a Type 22 with the standard wings as shown in the sprues shot and a Type 32 with the clipped wings that is not shown. The only difference in the kits are the wings sprue.
If you've built any 1/72 Hasegawa kits in the last decade or two, then this one will look most familiar to you. An acceptable cockpit with decals for instruments, fine engraved panel lines and enough bits and pieces to make sure that you are doing the proper version. This means that there will be bits left over. Some may not like the one piece canopy as it limits what can be seen of the interior. However, for those who want to spend a bit more, then there are cockpit upgrade bits and vacuform canopies available to show off the work you have done. I have to tell you these are not complex kits and you can build one rather rapidly as things go.
Instructions are typically superb as one has come to expect from Hasegawa with colors given in Gunze paints. You get two sets of instructions, one for the Type 22 and one for the Type 32. Decals are provided for four different aircraft from the Iwakuni Flying Group; two Type 22s and two Type 32s. Three of the planes are in the 'Mitsubishi Green' we know is actually ame-iro, a caramel color that I used on a 1/48 A6M2 a short time back. One of the Type 22s is as shown on the box art with Dark Green upper surfaces. All four options have the yellow wing leading edge ID band that will need to be painted. The decals are well printed and are of the most recent type, which means they will perform superbly.
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