This sheet is the third of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (codenamed “Nate” by the Allies). The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft from the Japanese Army. The set includes color side views of all seven aircraft illustrating left side markings and overhead views showing the wing markings of the various aircraft.
This sheet is the first of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (codenamed “Nate” by the Allies). The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft, six from the Japanese Army, and one from the Manchurian Air Force. The set includes color side views of all seven aircraft illustrating the left side markings, and overhead views showing the wing markings.
All of the aircraft are overall light grey with very interesting and colorful markings for aircraft from a wide variety of units. Inside the directions Lifelike provides a summary description of each aircraft, including any particular pilot that the aircraft was associated with. The descriptions also include references to published photographs of the aircraft and there is a summary listing of the references used at the end of the descriptions. A nice touch for some of the special markings is an explanation of what the markings meant to the Japanese pilots.
This set contains I sheet of Phot etch parts and 21 resin parts. These parts are used to add complete and very details gun bays to the kit which has no detail in these areas. The addition of these really does add a great display of the guns and the bays to an already very detailed kit.
As with these kits from Eduard there is no flash or other imperfection. The detail of the parts is exceptional. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to install
A great price for such fine additional detail for the already fantastic Eduard kit.
Thanks to Eduard for providing the detail set, and to IPMS USA for letting me review it.
The SAAB J 32B Lansen was the fighter variant of the initial A 32 Lansen. The Lansen ‘Sport’ featured a more powerful engine with afterburner and upgraded armament, including four 30 mm ADEN guns vs. the four 20 mm Bofors guns on the A 32A Lansen. Two features quickly identify the A 32A from the J 32B: The J 32B sported an afterburner exhaust and open gun ports. The A32A featured electrically operated doors covering its 20 mm guns. The larger 30 mm guns in the J 32B provide a distinct profile bulge in the lower nose area along the nose gear, but it is a feature that is not always as easily seen. As opposed to the A 32A production run of 287 aircraft, the J 32B totaled only 120 aircraft which served from 1958 through 1973. The J 32B airframe was modified into six J 32D target tugs and fourteen J 32E ECM aircraft that both served into 1997.
I’ve heard and read about the quality of Tamiya models and now I’ve built one with only a couple of disappointments.
The six cylinder engine is has twin turbo chargers. There’s a pair chrome plated and a pair just plain white plastic. The plain one doesn’t even show up on the instruction sheet. All the parts fit extremely well and are well engraved.
The chassis features nice detail and crisp engraving. Exhaust is a separate piece – again, one chrome plated and the other plain white plastic. Front and rear suspensions are multiple piece units that get glued in separately. The gas tank is even a separate unit.
The interior was a major disappointment. While the dash and seats are wonderfully engraved, there is virtually nothing engraved on the side panels. No door handles. No window cranks. No power window buttons. Nothing!