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Old 02-23-2020, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HA2718/HA2719 Japan XF-2B

Pre-pro photos are up on HMC site:


Really happy HM listened and added black/white ´crash dummy symbols´/ "Secchi disk" tampos here and there - model looks more attractive now imho.

However there are still some problems to solve:

1. Front Formation lights are much too high:
Front Formation lights under the canopy are visibly higher on HM model compared to real XF-2B. On the real XF-2B front Formation light is right in the middle of JASDF Roundel, "bisects" the roundel. (white formation light and red roundel remind me old cops´HALT hand held sign).
Also, too high is placed the black/white "Secchi disk" tampo just underneath the front formation light.

2. Front Formation light is too thin:
From some reason HM makes front formation light funny looking - is much narrower / thinner than the rear formation light. Why? Front and rear formation lights should have same thickness / height.

3. Rear Formation light "falls down":
Maybe a detail, but very easy to correct. And beauty is in the details.
Rear formation light "falls down". On real XF-2B the rear formation lights are strictly horizontal - on all JASDF F-2As / F-2Bs / XF-2Bs. I suppose this how formation lights should work - they should be horizontal, right?

4. Formation lights (Front and Rear) are yellow instead of white
Front and Rear formation lights on all JASDF F-2A / F-2B / XF-2Bs appear to be white. Haven´t found any JASDF F-2A / F-2B photo with formation lights in yellow in a daylight. HM formation lights are yellow.

All these formation lights inaccuracies concern all HM F-2A / F-2B models released so far - all these models have the same issues, deserving correction for the future.

And lastly:

4. Blue upperside color appears to me to be rather too vivid
Depends on light conditions of course, and monitor / display setting, but the upperside blue on HM pre-pro appears like being bit "brighter", more "vivid" than real JASDF XF-2Bs, yes - little bit toyish.
Not a deal breaker, but would be nice if HM could find blue color containing little bit less turquoise in it. Real JASDF XF-2B blue appears being bit more "steely" (HM´s artwork fuselage blue looks correct to me).

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