1/72 Hasegawa Mitsubishi XT-2

by Kit Leung

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In 60's, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) started to receive and operate modern supersonic fighters F-104J.  To ensure the pilots skill, JASDF need a supersonic trainer aircraft.
Finally, Mitsubishi's proposal was selected.  In July 1971, a first prototype supersonic trainer XT-2 was built.

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Here is my 1/72 Hasegawa XT-2.  The kits was released over 30 years.  It has a raised panel lines and seems not an accurate 1/72 scale, it should be 1/70!  The kit came with white metal parts for the special pilot tube.  And the decals contains two options.  I sanded and re-scribed the panel lines.  Since the original ejection seats are not detailed enough, I replaced them with two resin F-104 ejection seats.

When I completed it, Hasegawa confirmed that will release 1/48 XT-2 in this year (2008) ~~~

Regards,
Kit

Photos and text by Kit Leung