Mitsubishi F-2A – Japan’s take on the F-16
This is one I did a little while back – the Japanese Air Self Defense Forces (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2A from Hasegawa. It’s a very nice kit and much like Israeli F-15s and F-16s offers a nice colourful alternative to USAF ghost grey schemes!
Developed from the F-16 at vast expense, the aircraft is around 20% larger than the Viper with improved Japanese AESA radar and electronics. However, the result was extremely expensive and by the time it entered service was less capable than the latest F-16 Block 60/62.
I’m not terribly happy with the eventual finish on this – sadly my attempts to de-saturate the blues limited the eventual quality. A lesson for another time!
Build video here for those who are interested:
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.