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C-46D Kit

Platz 1/144 Curtiss C-46D Commando JASDF Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2013 Manufacturer Platz Hobby
Subject C-46D Commando JASDF Scale 1/144
Kit Number PD-21 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (Yen) ¥3,240

First Look

C-46D Kit
C-46D Kit
C-46D Kit

Platz Hobby has produced yet another beautiful kit in 1/144th scale. This time they've created the nicest looking C-46 Commando kit in any scale so far and if it assembles as nice as it looks, this kit will be a winner. The basic kit is simple though it does have a cockpit with seats and control yokes. Platz has released a photo-etched detail set that provides rear cockpit bulkhead, instrument panel, finer control yokes, and nice details for inside the wheel wells and gear doors.

More interesting is the comprehensive decal sheet that comes in this kit. Markings are provided for 41 (!!!) examples:

  • C-46D, 51-1102, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1103, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1104, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1105, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1107, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1108, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1109, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1110, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1111, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1112, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1113, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1115, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1116, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1117, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1118, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1119, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1120, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1121, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1122, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1123, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1124, JASDF
  • C-46D, 51-1125, JASDF
  • C-46D, 61-1126, JASDF
  • C-46D, 61-1127, JASDF
  • C-46D, 61-1128, JASDF
  • C-46D, 61-1129, JASDF
  • C-46D, 71-1130, JASDF
  • C-46D, 71-1131, JASDF
  • C-46D, 71-1132, JASDF
  • C-46D, 71-1134, JASDF
  • C-46D, 71-1135, JASDF
  • C-46D, 71-1137, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1138, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1139, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1141, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1142, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1143, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1144, JASDF
  • C-46D, 91-1147, JASDF
  • C-46D, 44-77439, USAF
  • C-46D, 44-77972, USAF

There are 39 aircraft represented in JASDF service and two in USAF service circa Korean War. The decal sheet also has nice stenciling, walkways, arctic markings, etc.

This is a nicely engineered kit and will be a nice addition to the small-scale modelers' flight lines. For a look at this kit built-up, look here.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Platz Hobby, visit their website at http://www.platz-hobby.com.

My sincere thanks to Platz Hobby for this review sample!

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