Platz Hobby 1/300 US-1/US-2 Flying Boat JMSDF Kit First Look
|Date of Review||September 2014||Manufacturer||Platz Hobby|
|Subject||US-1/US-2 Flying Boat JMSDF||Scale||1/300|
|Kit Number||PF-18||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Easy build, nice details||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (Yen)||¥2,376|
The Shinmeiwa Industries PS-1 flying boat was an indigenous design to provide the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) with an anti-submarine warfare and air-sea rescue capability in the waters that surround the Japanese islands. Shinmeiwa Industries descended from the Kawanishi Aircraft Company who produced a wide range of flying boats and floatplanes during World War II. Development of the PS-1 started in 1960 as the UF-XS which was a large flying boat that featured a short take-off and landing (STOL) wing, a super-sized hull based upon the Grumman HU-16 Albatross, and powered by four turboprop engines plus a turbine engine in the fuselage who's thrust is vented over the top of the wings for boundary layer control for enhanced STOL performance.
The PS-1 entered production in 1969 with 21 aircraft built. 19 additional aircraft were procured without the anti-submarine warfare equipment installed to serve as US-1 air-sea rescue aircraft. The PS-1 remained in service as the JMSDF's ASW platform until 1989 when it was replaced by the P-3 Orion. The US-1 served into the 1990s and entered an upgrade program that included new engines and now operates as the US-2.
This new release from Platz is actually two complete kits in one box. The kits are not duplicate sprues as with some previous releases, this release has the older US-1 and the re-engined US-2 in the box. Both kits are simple builds as you might imagine in this scale but I recommend some modeling experiece due to some small/delicate parts. The kits are straightforward with the only real option on both aircraft is posing the landing gear up or down.
Markings are provided for four examples which include:
- US-2, 9901, JMSDF
- US-2, 9902, JMSDF
- US-1, 9072, JMSDF
- US-1, 9090, JMSDF
If you're staring at the two kits and still can't see the difference between them, the US-2 has the six-bladed propellers while the US-1 still has the three-bladed props.
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!