Somewhat of a mystery with this model as only 3 releases were done. The assumption is the Japanese distributor requested it and paid for a huge part of the tooling cost. One of the releases is a decal version and surprisingly it's not the show bird livery. I ended up buying the Blue Impulse model as it was the cheapest at the time. Don't know if the "grey" one had just been released as the price difference was quite significant.
Accuracy of the model is very good with only a few aspects slightly out. A vent on the rear fuselage is missing and the shape of the intakes doesn't appear quite right. Paint finish is average with some bleeding of the blue into the white. Not really noticeable apart from the right intake where it is sloppy and needs a touch up. A few panel gaps are there and fortunately confined to beneath the wings. Landing gear is a poor fit and some careful filing seems to be required. On the plus side, there are quite a number of stencils and warning labels printed on the model. I sometimes wonder if the collector notices them all or perhaps HM need not go to town as they have.
Optional parts for gear up as well as stand are included. No ordnance apart from two wing tanks come with the model. I chose not to fit them as the pics I've looked at doesn't have the tanks on the actual aircraft.
Overall it is a nice little model and even more so in this livery. I do think that without the involvement of the Japanese distributor this model might not have been made. Perhaps the message is if you want a particular aircraft and it has a connection to your home country, may be worth speaking to your distributor.
I think Eagle Flyer has it right with the idea that a Japanese distributor helped make this model possible. Then either the general market shrunk, or local demand wasn't as expected.
But the costs are sunk so at this point further issues of the mold may well happen. It's not a high performance craft and it's a regional airplane so that hurts worldwide appeal. However, as with anything, if we raise awareness of this model, like via this thread and excellent photos, then collectors are going to start to take a look at it. For most, it will be a first-time look.
What we see is an atypical jet, not as pointy as others, but there are plenty of pointy models so this is a nice change. There are 3 Hobby Master issues of the T-4, but HA3902A and B are very similar models. This airshow version that Eagle Flyer shows us is fantastic because we can enjoy a model away from war colors. I, for one, like that sub-theme.
No manufacturer cuts molds to only release 2 or 3 models. They have to plan for nearly a dozen to get full value for the costs. Like many manufacturers' projects, HM T-4s are parked for now, but we could see a new release any month.
I'm looking forward to my model, it arrives in one week. I'll post in my Airshow thread.
Post by richardrotterdam on Nov 21, 2017 16:31:24 GMT
They can do lots of split runs with the grey T-4s. Almost every single (fixed wing) unit within the JASDF has a couple to keep up flying hours. So that means many different tail markings. I have both the Blue Impulse and grey T-4s and I absolutely love them.