Generally I have a high opinion of Hasegawa products, so it is with regret that I have to say this was not the best model. I think this kit must come from ancient molds because there is tons of flash and the fit is very poor. Itís also missing some rather important details. For example, the wheel housing is pretty sparse, and the torpedo should have extra fins, but doesnít. Aside from that, it still has fairly good detail in panel lines etc., however, many of those details are often lost because of the poor molding and serious issues with fit. I had to trim, sand, putty, and cuss to an extraordinary degree to get the pieces to look halfway proper. The canopy is also very thick, so that one side shows a reflection of the other (itís a weird optical illusion!). On a brighter side it comes with three decal and painting options. But again, there are only a few decals for each option, and the painting guide (especially for the Hiryu version) leaves much to be desired. For an easier cleaner build, youíd probably be better off going for the Airfix version.
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