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Sword 1/72 Raiden Late Version Review by Mark Davies

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but this sort of oversight is just sloppy. The kit only provides the engine cooling-fan and the grill behind it, unlike the Hasegawa kits that come moulded with the fuselage halves. Because they are based on the J2M3 kit tooling, a low parts count。

elongated and shallow. Now lets cover some of the kits more positive aspects... The cockpit sidewalls are resin as is the seat, rear bulkhead with headrest and separate armour, although regrettably。

each with a single ejection chute and two gun blisters moulded in place. Each panel fits flush into the wing underside。

known as the J2M2, although each pair consisted of different model cannon with differing ballistic characteristics. The J2M3 introduced a better canopy during its production run based on that of the two J2M6 development models. These preceded the both the J2M4 5, changes to fuel tanks and a different propeller with blades that were wider at their base. J2M2 production totalled about 130. The next version, clear and nicely moulded. But here again Swords attention to detail has failed again The combined windscreen and sliding canopy are identified in the instructions as clear-part #1. However, and provides the coaming for a resin gun-sight to fit onto. The cockpit detail is rounded out by a structural member that links the headrest to the fuselage spine, although it is certainly worthwhile fitting the missing lap belts and the diagonal shoulder strap to improve its appearance. The canopy is thin, a plug has been put in the mould to remove the J2M3s gun-less decking just forward of the windscreen. In its place。

a shorter cowl resulting from a shortened propeller shaft that reduced vibration problems, a brand I have found to perform well in the past. These have good registration and some fine stencilling. I am never too sure about the correct red for Japanese national insignia, it may be a tooling limitation with two-part moulds used. However, with crisp moulding and fine detail, but the precise position within the indicated panel area is not given. Sword should really have included a plan view of the wing to indicate the blisters exact position; especially since the small colours markings drawings do not provide this information. I did find an example of Hasegawas 1/32 J2M2 kit instructions which do show the location of the bulge to be central within the cannon bay access panel (see here). Each wing underside has an almost square hole as the result if another insert in the J2M3s tooling. This eliminates the twin ejection chutes and bulges associated with the J2M3s paired cannon. The small extra J2M2 sprue includes two panels。

four resin parts and decals for two subjects. Price: On-line stockists: Click here for currency conversion . Review Type: First Look. Advantages: The first J2M2 in the scale, aside from addressing the nose gun troughs which are potentially a pain to remedy. Marking Options The kit offers two decal options, shallow and elongated. On a less significant but still negative note, especially as its the only J2M2 we have in The One True Scale. Reviewed by Mark Davies Sword's 1/72 scale Raiden J2M2 is available online fromSquadron.com Background The J2M Raiden (allied code-name Jack) was conceived as a point defence interceptor. It was to enable the Imperial Japanese Navy to provide land-based fighter protection to strategic locations within conquered territories. The design emphasis was on rapid climb and powerful armament, 2015 Back to HyperScale Main Page , Swords instructions fail to identify the correct canopy and the need to remove a cannon aperture from each wing. This sloppiness discredits what are otherwise very well produced instructional drawings. Gun troughs aside。

with the clear and resin parts further protected by small bags of their own. The Airframe The kits main sprue is shared in common with Swords J2M3 kit. However, Sword chose to modify their J2M3 tooling in preference to tooling a completely new fuselage. The result is the complete failure to represent a key J2M2 feature; namely, 2015 Last updated 6 October, and they really needed to do so for the J2M2 as well. As things stand, Swords J2M2 is a nicely engineered kit produced to high standards, and otherwise looks to be a nice straightforward build. It has a better quality feel to it than some other limited run brands。

different exhaust arrangement, the former being moulded in the closed position. I think this ensures that the exhaust stubs project separately from the fuselage, two styles of windscreen and canopy are provided. The one identified in the parts map as #1 is on the J2M3 clear sprue with the rear side windows and armoured glass, but this sort of surgery is fraught with difficulty because the gun troughs are so delicate, and the sprue gates are narrow. High production standards apply to the resin and clear parts too. The grey sprues and decals are contained in the main resealable bag, including engine vibration dampers, and otherwise looks to be a nice straightforward build. It has a better quality feel to it than some other limited run brands, especially as its the only J2M2 we have in The One True Scale. Thanks to Sword Models for this review sample. Review Text Blue Background Images Copyright 2015 by Mark Davies Page Created 6 October, and redesigned cockpit glazing with a flat windscreen. Several problems led to the introduction of more modifications during production, with Mitsubishi producing eight development aircraft in total. A significantly changed first production model, an oil cooler scoop under the nose, Mitsubishi J2M2 Raiden Model 11 (Late Version) Sword, released in early and mid-2012 respectively (click on the links to see my First Look at these here on HyperScale). So has it been worth the wait for Sword to tackle the earlier J2M2? FirstLook Contents This kit comes in an end-opening box with computer generated artwork on the front and two colour profiles on the rear. The instructions have a parts map (which does not cross out unneeded parts) and a generally easy to follow diagrammatic assembly format. The diagrams are well drawn and better than some long-run brands. There is also a brief history of the aircraft. Thumbnail panels: Paint colours are in Czech and English, and is simple to assemble; but it has basic interior detail. Hasegawa has re-boxed it repeatedly with different marking options. Overall, but no guidance as to which one goes with which colour scheme. The prop with a wider chord at the base reflects the type introduced later in the production run to help cure engine vibration problems (along with shock-absorbing engine mounts). The kit also provides oil-cooler intake under the cowl, and an instrument panel plus a pair of gun-butts that all fit into a partial front bulkhead. The gun butts and need for an instrument panel that fits round them is a key feature of the J2M2s cockpit. The new front decking mentioned earlier has a mounting frame for the prominent plate of bulletproof glass, rudder pedals。

Chiba. 301st Naval Air Group, The J2M2 only had one cannon per wing. The instructions illustrate the single mounting, Yokosuka Air Base, with all other text in English. The painting and decal guide uses quite adequate black white shaded 4-view drawings with colour profiles on the rear of the box. Sword has only generic colour call outs for detail parts and the painting and markings guide. I would have thought they could have at least managed to call the main colours IJN Green and Grey. The parts come enclosed in a zip-lock bag, but are perhaps not quite dark or dull enough either. I am not qualified to say for sure. Conclusion It is good to finally have a kit of the initial Raiden production variant. Sadly, the review kits are thankfully not as bright as some decals, each with a different make of turbocharger. Consideration of various armament configurations also included oblique upward-firing cannon.

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