While waiting on some goodies for the Jill, I going to jump on the Fujimi Val which was next up, but will go ahead as I have everything on hand to get started. This is a rebox with new decals to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII and was released in 1995.
So lets unwrap the cellophane and pop the lid and see what is in the box.
1. No the Eduards PE set was not in the box when first opened
This is an older molding which in the original packaging was first produced in 1974. The instruction sheet is a basic fold out type in Japanese and English text. With exploded views in the assembly sequence.
Next is the decal set for one Val flying off the IJN carrier Soryu that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. 1st sqdn 21st section.
Next is an Eduard’s PE set that is designed for the Hasegawa kit but will use it here as I cannot find anything for this kit. Though there are AM parts for this kit available, just can’t find them. CMK does have an interior as well as a PE set from Eduards specifically for the Fujimi kit but hard to locate this also.
Next up the first sprue contains the fuselage halves. Fujimi light grey plastic,engraved panel lines which look ok. Which Fujimi was actually ahead of Hasegawa with this feature. Before Hase ramped up and started popping their new stuff in the late 70’s in all 3 popular scales. 72nd, 48th and 32nd scale. It’s the inside that is glaringly weak with no details, No side consoles or interior structure at all as separate parts are provided in the kit. The Hase Val which comes almost a good 14 years later in 1998 has a much more complete interior with side panels, boxes, stringers, and side consoles. Hence the PE set to fill in some details. It is quite bare.
1. Really lacking in detail
Next sprue contains the wings. Lower 1 piece and 2 upper panels. Nice detail and captures that elliptical shape quite well on the Val.
Next sprue contains, the flight deck, propeller, main wheels, engine crankcase cover and the wheel spats.
The flight deck is quite basic. Like the inner fuselage halves very little detail that will need some work. The prop is not bad, does look to be the proper shape for this version of the Val.
The wheels are molded as one piece. But will get resin ones to replace them. The main gear spats look so similar to the Stuka.
The engine crank case cover has some decent detail.
The last grey sprue contains the stabs, engine and pushrods., seats and some cockpit details and the engine cowling parts.
The horizontal stabs are 1 piece panels and look ok with the details. 2 pieces make up the engine assy. Will dress this up. The seats could be worse, but not totally unsat, with some work will look a bit better. The 3 pieces that make up the cowling look ok. Will see if any surprise along the way.
And last the clear sprue. With a 2 piece canopy that looks pretty clear. Not bad.
Next start pre-painting…more to follow.