have this Vietnam era helicopter as a part of my collection. So when I found
this, didn't hesitate to buy it. To my surprise, the quality of this kit is not
in line with other Hasegawa kits. Seems to me that this is a very old tooling.
In the first glance the kit seems a no-go with lot of sprue flash, raised panel
lines and injection pin marks. Was unsure how the end result would look like.
There were two options available a Japanese Ground self defence force and a US Army version. I chose the Japanese version since I did not have any Japanese models. After removing the flash and lots of filling and sanding, it turned out to be a nice model. Of course, the windscreen and the front fuselage fit is not the good.
Being a basic kit,
there were hardly any interior options like missing benches behind the pilot,
very basic cockpit with bare minimum decal and two badly moulded pilot /co pilot
figures. Thus, I decided to keep all the doors closed as there was nothing to
look inside. Have finished this in the 3 paint JGSDF scheme . After a not so
exciting start, was pleased with the model at the end.
Photos and text © by Ashish Velankar