This is a 'cut away'
version of the standard 1/48 Hasegawa Hayate kit. I used CA glue for the seams
and as a sanding compound, so I washed the sprues with future/klear before
assembly to prevent hazing.
The kit was built over a period of nearly 2 months, not that it took that long
to build, just that after I had made the fuselage framework from the photo-etch
the kit comes with, I was scared to death of it and put it all away! When I
finally got the courage to restart it, it only took a couple of days to go from
off the sprues, to the final touches for painting.
The kit is built OOB, except for the big yellow oxygen tank, that was a bomb
from a P-47 kit leftover.... The kits decals were used,
and I used a mixture of Humbrol and Revell enamels for the colour scheme. After
that had dried, on went the decals and a couple of coats of future/klear later,
images below to see larger images
I did make some
mistakes on this kit, but those are known only to me and my cat!
I have to say that this is up there with my favourite aircraft, as it looks
every inch the fighter that it was designed to be.