by Patrick Chung
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale P-12E is available online at
This P-12E is the old Hasegawa's 1/32 special series re-released a few years
ago. The model features raised rivets and panel lines. The detail is excellent
and the fit of parts is equally good.
I decided to build the kit OOB apart from rescribing panel lines
and have those fine raised rivets
reserved. However the sanding procedure inevitably get some of the rivets off,
so I cut some of the 0.2mm diameter fine copper wires and put those through
pre-drilled holes where the original rivets were; then glued then with CA them
from the back of the parts. When the CA cured completely, I trimmed the wires
even and lightly sand them to round them off.
Other than that the construction is pretty straight forward.
However the painting was far more challenging than the construction! The red
area was pre-painted with gloss white to give a better sheen of the red colour
and then shine red is shot on. when the red is dry, carefully mask off the
outline of the red area and spray the olive drab. When the Olive Drab is dry,
mask the along the red pattern, leaving a even narrow gap about 1mm wide and
then carefully spray the black trim. Then time to peel all of the masking off
and the result is sheer striking!
0.12mm fishing line flying wire finished the model.
Despite the good fit of the plastic parts, the decals are a bit
translucent and look a little thick. That's the only draw back I found building
this all time classic.
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