|The aircraft are little jewels – separate landing gear and props, with torpedoes on the “Grace” and “Jill”, nice decals, and relatively easy assembly. The planes have sharply molded panel lines, and even some ribbing detail shows in the wheel wells!
Hasegawa supplies you with two Model 52 Zeros, and one each of “Jill”, “Grace”, “Myrt”, and…oddly enough…”George”, which was never a carrier aircraft. I only wish there had been more planes supplied with the kit.
Not sure about the two-tone grey paint scheme called out in the kit. Japanese carriers at this time of the war, IF they were camouflaged, wore a peculiar two-tone green scheme designed to represent a freighter or other auxiliary. How any US sub
captain worth his salt could mistake this 65,000 ton behemoth for a freighter is beyond me, but it is what it is. There is only one grainy photo of this ship known to exist, and it yields no solid markings info at all.