ΣΤΑΤΙΚΑ ΜΟΝΤΕΛΑ, ΑΕΡΟΠΟΡΙΚΑ, ΑΕΡΟΠΛΑΝΑ ΠΡΟ 1950,εταιρεία HASEGAWA, περιγραφή 1/72-MITSUBISHI G4M1-BETTY-- with OHKA bomb
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Mitsubishi's G4M Type 1
Perhaps the most famous and familiar of all Japanese bombers to participate in World War II was Mitsubishi's G4M Type 1 Navy Attack Bomber. Used for horizontal bombing as well as torpedo attack, this twin-engine bomber was easily recognized by its cigar-shaped fuselage. Unfortunately for its crews it also had a propensity to explode into flames when under attack, due to lack of armor and unprotected fuel tanks in its earlier marks. This horrific feature contributed to the plane's opprobrious nickname as the "Flying Lighter." Nevertheless, because of its long range and fair speed, the Betty proved to be a deadly bomber in the hands of capable crews during the early months of World War II. The aircraft remained the primary land-based hauler of bombs and torpedoes for the Imperial Japanese Navy throughout the entire war. In fact, two all-white G4M1 Bettys, their hinomarus replaced with green crosses, carried the Japanese surrender delegation to Ie-Shima Island on 19 August, 1945.
Nearly 2500 G4Ms were built during the conflict, about half as the earlier G4M1 version, and the rest mainly G4M2s, with about 60 G4M3s completing the roster. Hasegawa's 1/72 scale kit of the G4M1 version of the Betty has been around for several years now. Released in several kit numbers and packaged in boxes with differing artwork, the model can still be found in local hobby shops. Primary changes inside have involved different instruction sheets and decal options, plus some of the kits have included a separate model of the Ohka Bomb to build along with the Betty. And now that Hasegawa is releasing a new line of the later G4M2 and G4M3 Bettys, interest is perhaps stirred once again in this older kit of the G4M1.
This kit review applies to Kit Number K002. However, it is identical with JS-069 except for slightly different printed instructions and decal options (and box art, if I'm not mistaken). Kit number JS 24 likewise contained different printed instructions but did not include the Ohka. My guess is that all the remaining kits of the G4M1 released by Hasegawa are identical except with respect to the way the instructions were printed, the decals provided, box top part, and whether an Ohka was included;--oh! and the price!
All these kits pertain to the Mitsubishi G4M1 Type 1 Model 11. Where the Ohka bomb is included, as here, it is of the Model 11. Instructions for Kit no. K002 are of the exploded view type printed in English on both sides of a single sheet of paper folded in half. Seven sub-assembly steps trace the construction process for the Betty, plus and additional four are used for the Ohka. Page once also includes a brief history of the Betty and the Ohka bomb.