In-Box Review
Mitsubishi MU-2S Upgrades
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Mitsubishi MU-2S doesn't always get a much coverage, but Platz have given fans of Japanese post war aircraft a great excuse to give the kit a fresh look with the release of high quality etched details and decals for JASDF 50th Anniversary colour schemes.

Set #M-72016 Etched Details - r.r.p. 1,470 Yen
The fret of pre-painted parts is the fruit of the continuing alliance between Platz and Eduard. The 60 parts provide extra detail for both the interior and exterior of the kit and the etching and painted detail are excellent.

The cockpit benefits from delicate seat harnesses and the 2-layer main instrument panel, plus throttles is stunning. A clever idea is the painted cross-hatching to represent the soundproofing on new sidewalls and roof panels - far finer than anyone could reasonably hope to paint, and it should look suitably convincing in this scale. Turning to the exterior, there's added detail for the engine nacelles, nose radar and wheel-wells, plus windscreen wipers, wheel hubs and aerials.

The instructions are clearly drawn in typical Eduard-style, but have Japanese-only captioning. This is no problem, because the assembly is pretty self-explanatory and the diagrams are printed in colour to highlight where kit parts need modification. This isn't an overly complex set and should be suitable for most modellers with a little experience.

Set #JD-35 JASDF Air Rescue Wing Decals - r.r.p. 2,310 Yen
Along with many Japanese aircraft, the MU-2S flew in spectacular markings for the JASDF's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Platz have released a set of decals custom-printed by Cartograph featuring 3 schemes:

1. MU-2S, 23-3226, Air Rescue Wing, Komatsu AB Rsq, JASDF 50th Anniversary

2. MU-2S, 63-3228, Air Rescue Wing, Hamamatsu AB Rsq, Air Rescue Wing 50th Anniversary

3. MU-2S, 13-3209, Air Rescue Wing, Hamamatsu AB Rsq

The quality of the decals is excellent, with the thin glossy items printed perfectly in register. As with previous Platz sheets, the design is rather novel with the tiny stencil markings combined, along with the main markings, onto larger patches of crystal clear carrier film as one item. Obviously, you'll need to apply the decals onto a gloss base-coat to avoid silvering, but this approach means all the stencils are ready lined-up and will save a huge amount of time. As well as comprehensive stencilling, the sheet includes metallic propeller faces and window surrounds.

The instructions are printed on a single sheet of A-5, with colour profiles and B&W plan views. The notes are bilingual Japanese/English and include colour matches for Gunze Sangyo and ModelMaster paints.

Platz's etched aftermarket set for the MU-2S will enhance the standard kit considerably, and with the very attractive Anniversary colour schemes the finished model will be a guaranteed eye-catcher on any shelf. Recommended.

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Highs: Crisply produced etched parts and very attractive top quality decals.
Verdict: Platz's collaboration with Eduard and Cartograph continues to produce excellent results. Aimed at the Japanese home-market, but of interest worldwide, these sets will be of great interest to anyone building the Hasegawa kit.
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  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: See text
  Suggested Retail: See text
  PUBLISHED: Mar 19, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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The MU-2 is a nice little kit, I'm surprised it's taken this long to get aftermarket stuff for it. IIRC, I built the Mu-2S back in the late 70s, and I've still got a partially built Mu-2J in the stash. Would love to see this one done in 1/48.
MAR 23, 2009 - 01:50 AM

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