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T-4 Trainer JASDF Detail Set

Platz Hobby 1/48 T-4 Trainer JASDF Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2009 Manufacturer Platz Hobby
Subject T-4 Trainer JASDF Scale 1/48
Set Number 48009 Primary Media Photo-Etch
Pros Nice enhancement to the Hasegawa kit Cons
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (Yen) ¥1400

First Look

Platz Hobby produces a wide range of kits, decals, and detail sets for the hobby market and are wanting to make their presence better known outside the Japanese market. You might want to take note as if this is an example of their work, you're going to want to procure some of these various products of interest.

T-4 Trainer JASDF Detail Set

In this release, we have a very nice color photo-etch detail set for the cockpit of the 1/48 Hasegawa T-4 Trainer. If you haven't seen one, the T-4 kit is one of Hasegawa's more detailed offerings and is quite impressive out of the box. The only thing that would make that cockpit look any better would be color photo-etched details and here we are.

This set provides a two-layer instrument panels with an overlay with placards and instrument face openings that sits atop a second panel with the instrument faces printed on it. These are accompanied by color photo-etched side consoles, as well as color-printed seatbelts and shoulder harnessesfor the ejection seats. In short, you'll have plenty to see inside that big canopy!

For more information about this set and the other releases from Platz Hobby, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Platz Hobby for this review sample!