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G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber

Hasegawa 1/72 G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2018 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber Scale 1/72
Kit Number 02263 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice subject Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $51.99

First Look

G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber
G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber
G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber
G4M2A Type 1 Model 24 (Betty) Attack Bomber

The Mitsubishi G4M Type 1 attack bomber was developed in the mid-1930s for the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service as a follow-on to the G3M light bomber. Codenamed Betty, the aircraft was powered by a pair of 1800 horsepower engines mounted to a relatively lightweight airframe. The aircraft's light weight, long wing, and engine power allowed the aircraft to operate high over target areas and depart before fighters could reach them. While this was effective in the late 1930s and the first years of World War 2, but the reason for the aircraft's light weight was a similar design philosophy that Mitsubishi also applied to their A6M Zero (Zeke) fighter - no armor protection nor self-sealing fuel tanks. Japanese and allied pilots had uncomplimentary nicknames for the G4M to describe how easily the aircraft would burst into flame with any battle damage. Like the A6M, the G4M remained in production well into World War 2 and as combat experience was gained, Mitsubishi added armor and self-sealing fuel tanks as well as more powerful engines to later variants.

Hasegawa has reissued their 1/72 G4M2 kit, but for those of you who have been modeling a while (and remember when Paul McCartney was in a band before 'Wings'), you'll remember that Hasegawa first released a 1/72 G4M kit back in the late 1960s. As with other subjects in their catalog, this kit was re-engineered with more details and scribed surface details, and was released in 1997. This kit is one from the updated tooling. Molded in light gray styrene, this kit is presented on 15 parts threes plus two in clear.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Contiguous main deck from bombardier to tail gunner
  • Basic flight deck with three crew positions
  • Choice of bombardier noses - with or without radar antenna
  • Model is divided into compartments to show off interior details through the greenhouse nose, cockpit enclosure, waist windows, and tail gunner transparency
  • Articulating waist gun mounts
  • Detailed main landing gear
  • Bulged bomb bay doors are positionable
  • Choice of bomb or torpedo load in bomb bay

Markings are provided for two examples:

  • G4M2a, 763-12, 702 Attack Squadron/763 Naval Flying Group, Luzon, 1944
  • G4M2a, 02-13, 702 Attack Squadron/752 Naval Flying Group, Luzon, 1944

What confuses me is this limited edition release. The decals are very unremarkable, but given the MSRP of $52, I would have expected a larger variety of decal options or some limited edition details not found in previous releases. Even more puzzling is that this kit is scheduled to be reissued again soon as the G4M2e with Okha bomb (that is at least noteworthy) and it has an MSRP of $46, but I suspect these are artifacts of the problems being experienced by the US importer during their bankruptcy. When you see these, I expect the street prices will sort themselves out.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Gold
0198
71.066
C009
H009
N009
 
LC025
MMC003
153
LP62
X12
1744
X507
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Dark Green
0069
 
C124
H036
N036
 
 
MMP112
 
LP31
XF11
2116
 
IJN Gray
 
71.311
C035
H061
N061
 
 
 
 
AS02
XF12
2117
 
Mahogany
0035
71.039
C042
H084
N084
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Interior Green
Mitsubishi
 
 
C126
 
 
MMP109
 
XF71
 
 
Red-Brown
Propeller
 
71.040
C131
 
 
MMP115
 
TS01
XF64