Eduard  CX044: G4M2 Betty Canopy Mask


$10.00 or so plus shipping


Hasegawa 1/72 G4M2 and Ohka


Scott Van Aken

An extremely popular aftermarket item has been canopy masks. These have been produced by a number of manufacturers over the years, but the ones that seem to be the most popular are those by Eduard.

These masks are made from Kabuki tape, which means they are fairly thin, a bit difficult to initially use, and they stick well. The initial difficulty with these types of masks is actually finding the pane that is needed and learning how to remove it from the sheet. I have to use magnifiers and a strong light along with a sharp blade but once one learns, it is second nature.

This set is for the Hasegawa G4M2 both the boxing with and without the Ohka. Like others in the series, it comes with full placement instructions. I like that it includes the differences in some parts based on the various boxings. It is just these types of aircraft for which aftermarket masks are so useful. I built the Ki-67 kit and masked that one the old way. It took me over a week to do. After that, I told myself that I'd not do kits with multiple small panes like that again without a set of masks.

For bubble canopies and such, things like these sorts of things are really not needed by most modelers, but for multi-pane 'greenhouse' canopies, they can be very useful, especially if the frame lines are indistinct.

September 2020

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