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Old 04-03-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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This model was released earlier this year, I was kinda hoping to find it on sale but I soon realized a lot of retailers began selling out on this particular F-2A model. No surprise considering this is has the most attractive tail art IMHO. I know onmarkint didn't even get his shipment in from HK because they were sold out - probably a lot went to the Japanese market. Only a handful of retailers in the US still has them like AimHigherJets, Aikens, Flyingmule, Pete's...etc.

Well anyway, here's my review and picture of this particular model - it too is now my favorite F-2 model:

You get a new F-2A box art and this is all the accessories that comes with it (same standard weapons as the previous releases)




Looks like HM sorted out the gaps around the canopy, it is a very tight fit, no gaps on my model:


Awesome grim-reaper tail (closest thing to a Jolly Roger and I'm a sucker for those :mrgreen: )






Looks better on a Witty Wings F-104 stand



She now joins up with the rest of the squadron



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Old 04-03-2011, 02:19 AM   #2
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Wow! Cool review. I'm happy with the F-2B though. Can't say the grim reaper tail art is enough of an incentive to convince me to buy. But yeah awesome to see most of the variants displayed there together. Question but i was wondering what movtivated you to get your first HM F-2A and later the F-2B? Did you just get it for the sake of the model looking cool?

Do most Hong Kong collectors even care that its japanese? Some chinese collectors i know still have a grudge against the japanese especially when it comes to japanese military vehicles.


Also what did you use to shoot the majority of those photos? THe models look so blue. But thats obviously not their true colours when you see these HM products in person.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:43 AM   #3
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I slightly prefer the F-2A rather than the F-2B simply because it's more of a fighter rather than a trainer. Plus, it good to have different varients.

HM actually makes a lot of models in Japanese markings and they do sell very well in Japan. I think the whole grudge between the Chinese and Japanese are well in the past (i can say this because I am Chinese and my best friend is Japanese).

And yes the photos didn't show the true color, I was trying to use flash for some, but that made it light blue, and then the camera's autocolor made it look more blue. By the time I saw this on the computer, I was too lazy to retake them.
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looks fantastic, thank for sharing the pictures. It makes me anticipate the up comming HM F-16 which I have been looking for a while ago. There is only one thing I don't prefer about the way this model is made. That is the way the open\close options are made for gears. It looks like the one DW and I know that can leave huge gaps where you wouldn't want. I think it would great of HM made the gear option much like CW corsairs. What do you think?
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:27 AM   #5
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Excellent photos as usual SKF Certainly from your pictures the model looks perfect with nothing I want to criticise.

The Grim Reaper scheme is an interesting one, I can see why it would appeal to collectors. Congratulations on getting this model
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nice!!! i want it!!!
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Just ordered my F-2A from The Flying Mule. I sure would like to see Hobby Master produce this Mitsubishi F-4EJ Kai Phantom II.
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I think the whole grudge between the Chinese and Japanese are well in the past (i can say this because I am Chinese and my best friend is Japanese).
Interesting. I'm Chinese as well and for the most dont hold any grudges against the Japanese personally. Though I am still a bit sensitive to certain issues that are recurrent in their popculture when referring to the war. I believe the younger generation of Chinese and Japanese (you, myself, and your friend) are more willing to forgive. Especially those living in Hong Kong and abroad. However, the older collectors in their 50s and beyond and those that live in mainland China seem to take it a bit differently. For example my uncle in his 50s who's a major model kit and diecast collector of all things military aviation is reluctant to add anything Japanese to his collection. Be it WWII or modern day JASDF. Thats my take on it anyways.


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Just ordered my F-2A from The Flying Mule. I sure would like to see Hobby Master produce this Mitsubishi F-4EJ Kai Phantom II.
Interesting. I didnt know that the JASDF had painted their F-4Js in blue.....Since when? I'm more used to seeing them in their military green and brown livery.

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Just ordered my F-2A from The Flying Mule. I sure would like to see Hobby Master produce this Mitsubishi F-4EJ Kai Phantom II.
CW/XPlus might make it in the future considering they already have this one in line:


HM might also try it one day.
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CW/XPlus might make it in the future considering they already have this one in line:

HM might also try it one day.
If CW makes the blue F4, the color will definitely not match with HM's F2. Many collectors in Japan, including myself, questioned the accuracy of the color on HM's F2. It's best bet to wait for HM to produce F4 if you want the colors to match with each other.
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If CW makes the blue F4, the color will definitely not match with HM's F2. Many collectors in Japan, including myself, questioned the accuracy of the color on HM's F2. It's best bet to wait for HM to produce F4 if you want the colors to match with each other.
Indeed. I question the accuracy as well. I mean seriously....do they the experts that worked on the HM Mitsubishi F-2 actually beleive they can fool collectors into believing the jet fighter is actually turquoise rather than light or dark blue? I mean come on!

What do the rest of you think? Is it a trick of the light? Is the F-2 really turquoise like the HM model? Or did HM just screw up the colouration somehow?
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Personally I think the colors look right, the lighting greatly affects the color for example, this one in light
Photos: Mitsubishi F-2A Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

and this one without light
Photos: Mitsubishi F-2B Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net
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Personally I think the colors look right, the lighting greatly affects the color for example, this one in light
Photos: Mitsubishi F-2A Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

and this one without light
Photos: Mitsubishi F-2B Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net

Your pictures only confirm the worst for me. Both photos show planes that are either light blue or dark blue in colouration. But never turquoise like this.....









Unless of course im the one thats colour blind....But i highly doubt that.
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Your pictures only confirm the worst for me. Both photos show planes that are either light blue or dark blue in colouration. But never turquoise like this.....
Unless of course im the one thats colour blind....But i highly doubt that.
One thing I haven't tried is photographing this model outside. There's so much variety in indoor lighting that the color green and blue often comes different from lighting to lighting. It's a bit more consistent outside in the sun. Since 99% of aircraft photos are taken under the sun, the true test of this model's color may be that of a photo taken outside. Here's another indoor pic of another HM F-2 and yet this pic has the color closer to the real thing... THE DIECAST HANGAR PUB • View topic - Handful of HM JASDF jets

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One thing I haven't tried is photographing this model outside. There's so much variety in indoor lighting that the color green and blue often comes different from lighting to lighting. It's a bit more consistent outside in the sun. Since 99% of aircraft photos are taken under the sun, the true test of this model's color may be that of a photo taken outside. Here's another indoor pic of another HM F-2 and yet this pic has the color closer to the real thing... THE DIECAST HANGAR PUB • View topic - Handful of HM JASDF jets

That shot is the closest i've seen to the real thing that i've seen yet. However, as everyone here has seen from SuperKungFu's photos i wonder if that shot of the HM F-2 is only the way it is due to the flash from the camera?
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Photo taken under bright Hawaiian sun. Other JASDF blues included to compare. Three different camera setting, same result.





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Photo taken under bright Hawaiian sun. Other JASDF blues included to compare. Three different camera setting, same result.






Well I'd say the picture in the middle is the closest to the other JASDF blues. A shame that nobody caught this mistake before HM went ahead and mass produced the pre-production model. Damn....


P.S. Thanks for the pics Mohican. Really helpful.
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@ Sachiel

On that note, I take it you will no longer be getting the HM F-2. I was looking forward to reading your review.
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On that note, I take it you will no longer be getting the HM F-2. I was looking forward to reading your review.
Not quite.....I already have it sitting in my room. A review will be coming up later this weekend. Got to take care of a few other things this week first. For now this is what my collectiion looks like at the moment.








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