Hasegawa 1/72 Mitsubishi T-2 CCV


E 20




Just the one aircraft


Scott Van Aken




The second post-war indigenous jet trainer/light attack aircraft was the Mitsubishi T-2. Looking strikingly like the Sepecat Jaguar of the French and British Air Forces, the T-2 was developed along similar lines as the American T-38. The JASDF wanted a supersonic trainer that could also be converted into a light attack aircraft. This was done and the F-1 is that light attack aircraft. While the F-1 is currently slated for phasing out as the F-2 comes on line, the T-2 should be an aircraft that is capable of taking the Japanese Air Force well into the 21st Century.

As with many aircraft types, the T-2 has been used to test new technologies. Similar to the F-16 used at Edwards AFB, a very early T-2 (the third one built) was chosen as a test bed for the CCV  or Control Configuration Vehicle studies. What this entailed is a set of fixed canards on the intakes just ahead of the wing, and a movable canard on the underfuselage. The rear seat was filled with instrumentation. The underfuselage canard allowed the aircraft to be yawed beyond the normal parameters of the airframe. This allowed studies of the way that air movement flowed around the aircraft and looked into the possibility of such devices being used to improve the maneuverability of the aircraft. It is unknown if the aircraft is still extant in this configuration.


  Hasegawa's T-2 kit is one that I have never seen built other than the one shown in this review. It is a child of mid-80s technology and so has raised panel line detail and a complete cockpit, though not to the level of detail that is expected in today's kits. It is in white plastic, which is supposed to make it easier to do the kit scheme in. 

There is only one set of decals, and that for the kit on the box. However the decals include everything you need and, with careful construction, no additional painting is needed for this rather complicated looking scheme. Typical of the decals of the day, the reds are too light when compared to the box art, though that does not detract from the impact of the scheme.

The instruction sheet is quite complete, being of the newer variety with color call outs in Gunze paint colors. All the CCV parts are on a separate sprue, so there is little that is not used in this kit other than the back seat . 


It is difficult to go into any real depth on the construction part of this kit other than to say that it fit very well indeed. It is rather difficult to find areas that cause any real construction problems. One reason is that Hasegawa have engineered this kit in such a way that a lower fuselage insert between the engines is not needed. This area generally gives modelers fits trying to get the insert properly seated. By not having an insert between the engines, it does make cleaning up the seam a bit more difficult, but, in my opinion, this method is much preferred! 

One area of concern is the engine intakes. These needed some filler as well to smooth them into the fuselage sides. Once that was done, the rest of the kit went smoothly. The canopy fit well as did the other bits and pieces of the landing gear. The nose gear doors are given separately, but the larger main door should be closed when the aircraft is on the ground, again, similar to the Jaguar.

The extra canards fit well to the fuselage intakes, though they do look a little more lumpy than the box top painting would have your believe. Fitting the tailplanes is a breeze as they just snap into place . On the bottom of the fuselage you have your choice of extended or retracted speed brakes. I chose extended just to add some interest in that area.


Painting is a snap. Basically, everything is painted white! I used Testors Model Master Gloss white. When dry, the cockpit area was masked off and painted black as per the instructions. The inner portions of the tailplanes and underside aft of the jet exhaust were painted in metallic colors.

The rest of the paint scheme was decal. To be honest, the decals didn't fit perfectly and are of 'old school'. By that I mean that they are thick and the reds too light. They also do not take kindly to setting solutions, however the stick of the decals is very good. Some trimming and fussing is needed to get a good fit on the decals, but you can get full coverage without any real problems.

Once all the painting and decaling was done, the masking material was removed and any additional touchup was accomplished. Just a note. Because I compress these images a bit to speed up download time, the solid red on the decals appears to be streaky. It isn't that way at all on the kit.


Overall it is a very nice kit. No major building problems and a final result that is pleasing and usually gets comments wherever it is shown. Despite having been built over 10 years ago, the kit holds up quite well with some of the newer ones that I have recently built. One nice thing about holding on to older models is that you can see how much your skills have improved!!

Recommended to all but the beginner.

May 2000

Review copy courtesy of me and my wallet! 

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