Hasegawa’s new 1/32 N1K2-J Shiden-Kai
There’s a more complete review today at Modeling Madness, but here are all the photos I took , which won’t be all published there. But do check out the review:
Basically, this is the really nice 1/48 kit from 13 years ago, scaled up to 1/32 with lots more detail in the cockpit and a nice engine (that you can’t see much of when the cowling goes on). I spent more time painting the model than assembling it. It’s definitely one of Hasegawa’s best, and if you like Japanese aircraft, the kit is worth the price (around $40 in Yen at HLJ, MSRP something around $55).
As is usual with most kits with dropped flaps, the model works best if you do that. I raised the flaps, and they don’t really fit. If I did it again, I would cut out the area of the lower wing that is the interior of the flap area, then install the flaps, as it would then fit. As is usually the case, the flaps-raised position is technically the more accurate.
The Shiden-Kai is my favorite Japanese fighter, so I am really happy Hasegawa brought out this excellent kit.
Remember, you can paint this any color you want, so long as it is Kawanishi Green (and Hasegawa gives excellent mixing instructions to get the color).
16 additional images. Click to enlarge.