Hasegawa 1/144 YS-11 'JMSDF 61 Sq'
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||2014 Limited Edition|
Hasegawa has done at least a dozen limited editions of this kit in both the military and civilian colors over the years. It is a very nice kit that most 1/144 modelers tend to overlook, which is a shame. Typical of kits in this scale, there is no cabin detail and in this case, the cockpit is a single piece with molded on seats. Hasegawa provides three square metal pieces and a 'fastener' piece to help hold this weight behind the cockpit piece. If one is using the stand, then I'd recommend not adding the weights. Note that various holes need to be opened in the fuselage halves depending on the variant you are building.
The engine halves will trap a polycap so the props can be installed after painting. The decal sheet includes the prop de-icing boots, a nice feature. Wings are upper and lower halves for each side and while Hasegawa recommends attaching the engines before gluing the wings on, I'd be sure that the wings have a good fit with no gaps before doing this. You are provided with separate parts for the gear up option in terms of the nose and main gear doors.
If building the trainer version, you will have an entire sprue of bits and pieces to add to the kit. Not so many extras for the transport.
Instructions are standard stuff with Gunze paint references. There are also notes on filling in a few panel lines that one may wish to consider. Interestingly, though you have a clear windscreen, you also are provided with a windscreen decal. Often time airline modelers want their kits to resemble those company produced models by filling in the clear screens and using a decal. The nicely printed sheet includes flight surface de-icer boots and separate cheatlines for the transport or trainer. The transport option is the box photo plane from 61 Squadron while the similarly painted trainer is from 205 squadron. Both planes are white over light gull grey. Some fairly careful masking will be needed for the demarcation line between the two colors as the cheatline is not very thick.
In all, Hasegawa has provided another very nice limited edition boxing of the home grown YS-11. If you are a 1/144 modeler, you should seriously consider this one for your collection. I think you will be pleased with how nicely it builds.
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