The cardboard box also serves as marking and painting guide (Hobby Colour and Mr. Colour references) and also indicating what do you get: 6 x Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero (ID as Zero Fighter type 21)
6 x Aichi D3A1 Val (ID as Type 99 Carrier Dive Bomber)
6 x Nakajima B5N Kate (ID as Type 97 Torpedo Bomber)
Top, Port side and bottom views with the colour codes (box back) and box contents (airplane types, decal sheet and PE parts) on one of the sides finish this.
Inside the Box
This is where things get good, and you will understand why, reading my description of the items!
The Plastic and PE Parts
You'll get for:
- The Zero, 6 plastic parts (wings, fuselage, fuel drop tank, propeller hub cap, two bombs) and four PE Parts (landing gear with wheel wells, wheels x 2 and propeller);
- The Val, 6 plastic parts (wings, fuselage, bomb, landing gear (x2) and propeller hub cap) and one PE Part (propeller);
- The Kate, 5 plastic parts (wings, fuselage, option of torpedo or bomb loads and propeller hub) and four PE Parts (landing gear with wheel wells, wheels x 2 and propeller).
Considering that the same types of planes that come with our carrier models consists of one plastic part... enough said.
The plastic parts are very well injected in a matt dark green gray plastic, with the main parts (wings and fuselage) with good panel marks, ideal when you give the black wash for bringing all this detail out.
Of special note on these, are the infinite size on some of the plastic parts (propeller hubs, fuel drop tanks, small bombs), but always with a good detail and shape, like the distinctive shape of the hooded landing gear of the Val or the Torpedoes carried by the Kate.
Also of note is that the PE parts are those that have a self adhesive backing, which means that you do not have to cut the PE part of the fret, just peel it.
This is particularly nice especially because the parts are very small and delicate
The Decal Sheet
You'll get more Hinomaru's roundels than you need in two sizes and also the colored stripes (double, in red, blue, yellow; single, in red, blue, white, yellow and black) that identify the ship and squadron - so you'll need to make your homework properly when making a specific carrier air wing.
Details, details... The devil is on the Details!
These aircraft will be on the same level of detail as your IJN Carrier and make a good addition to the flight deck! You'll have a little more work than usual when making the 1/700 planes, but at least you'll have everything inside the box.
On the "down" side, the inclusion of canopy frames and arrestor hooks in the PE Set would be nice (at least the arrestor hook can be easily made with brass wire).
It's time to attack your unbuilt IJN carrier models, and get these nice add-ons to populate the deck!
Many Thanks to Keith Forsyth (docdios) for delivering this in hand in Telford and for Airbrushes.com for providing the review sample!
Highs: Good details, Good PE parts, Excellent decals setLows: Canopy and Arrestor hooks could have been included in the PE Set.Verdict: A good investment to level up all the hard work carried on the base for these airplanes, your IJN Aircraft Carrier!
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