by: HG Barnes [ ]
Special thanks to Cain at Scale Model Alberta for supplying the kit and extra decals for review and build. Please visit and subscribe to their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ScaleModelAlberta/videos
This was Dragon Models offering into the 1/32 world back in 2006. It was, initially, a welcomed sight over the older Hasegawa and despite its well know shortcomings is still a fantastic kit for the price(where you can find one), plastic, metal, decals and subject matter. I won't bore you in describing those flaws, such as the cockpit floor or the overdone surface detail, because they will come out in the future build.
A sturdy box with great cover art hold the ten separately bagged sprues (save for the mirrored "C" sprue) and the Dragon Card. The plastic is very high quality with zero flash and burring yet the surface texture is a bit rough. The parts count is reasonable due to plenty of highly detailed ejection molded engineering.
Clear parts are very good yet there is a slight center seam to remove. The clear engine cowlings give you the option to show off the kit engine or any after market.
Decals are deliciously colorful and fine printed by Cartograf with markings for three aircraft from the "353rd Fighter Group" (???). As you noticed though, Scale Model Alberta sent some additional decals for the "403rd "City of Calgary" Squadron" which will be incorporated with the kit decals.
Metal parts for the shocks, pins for the flaps and photo-etched harness, grills and instrument panel are included. Weighted "DS" tires round out the list of goodies.
The Instructions work you through thirteen steps to get to the markings and stencil placement yet need VERY careful examination.
This will be an interesting build, being fully aware of all the known challenges. That said, in the end it will look great on anyone's shelf. Thanks for having a look with me.
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