Hasegawa 1/48 scale
by Pierpaolo Maglio
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This is my Hasegawa 1/48 scale Mitsubishi F-1.
The kit is very good and builds up quite nicely, detail is much, much
better than the old Fujimi kit.
By the way even in this new tooled kit I found some fitting problem. The
air scoops are very complicated pieces made of several parts that didn’t
fit together easily. Interior detail of the air scoops is also very bad
and several sink marks need to be sanded flat.
Since I notice that this plane has always the slats lowered when on
ground, I choose to cut them from the kit wing leading edge. I also
added a resin seat by Aconuaga. The kit’s seat in not that bad, but, you
know, a good resin one really add something to every jet kit. To the
lowe part of the canopy I added some small PE pieces token from the PE
set designed (for the Fujimi kit) by my friend Luois (I build this kit
around Easter 2005 when Plats and Eduard PE sets were still to come).
To paint it I used Gunze acrylics since these are the only one with
correct JASF shades. The kit was painted with my new Aztek 480 metal
airbrush using the fine tan nozzles and a few pieces of paper as a
guide. After the 4 colours of the camouflage I spryed a good coat of
Future to seal the paint and prepare it for decals. For a couple of
weeks all went well, then the Future spryed over the tan colour cracked
all over. Nothing happened overt he two greens or the undersurface grey
but all the Future need to be removed from over the tan paint. I made
that using very fine wet’n dry paper and then restore the area with
Tamiya clear gloss. Now I know (thank to the many Hyperscalers that told
me) to never use Future over Gunze paint, even if it still works on some
glossy paints but really not over the flat tan.
I have several pictures of Mitsubishi F-1 that is one of my favourite
jet and I want to make it as one from 3°Hikotai with shark mouth as
shown during bombing exercises Senkyo in mid ‘80s.
The decals for the shark mouth come from the Fujimi kit, but as soon as
the decals were on I realized I was making a mistake. In the ‘80s the
F-1 still have the framed windshield as the one used on the T-2, while
the Hasegawa kit only gives you the post Mid Life Upgrade al clear
windshield. Using the piece from the Fujimi was impossible: too wrong in
shape and too thick so I ordered from Hasegawa a the clear parts from
the T-2 kit and used that windshield on my F-1.
With the decals dry I sprayed a final coat of flat paint of Polly
Scale Flat and my F-1 was finished.
Since the Senkyo meeting are just for training I choose to add only
training rounds to my jet.
I really hope you like it.
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