Revell/Takara 1/32 Kawanishi N1K1-J

By Steve Oakson

This a buildup of the old “lost” mould Kawanishi N1K1-J. This kit is generally pretty good in outline and has the correct “gull” planform of the trailing edge of the wings- this is not incorrectly warped. It had raised rivets and panel lines. The well wells and cockpit structures are decidedly old school with regard to the included detail- incomplete and not accurate. The wheel struts are basic. Therefore there were a number of things that needed to done to make this kit more to my liking.

When the Hasegawa N1K2 kit came out several years ago, I assumed the N1K1 would be next. I had saved this kit for at least 20 years and decided to break it out since the value of this kit would ultimately fall.

© Steve Oakson 2015

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This article was published on Saturday, June 20 2015; Last modified on Saturday, August 20 2016