Kawanishi H8K2 'Emily' flying boat
FROG F276, Rovex industries ltd, Kawanishi H8K2 'Emily' flying boat 1969
NEW AND IN VIEW NEW AIRCRAFT KITS
Kawanashi H8K2 (Emily)
Ex-Hasegawa. The kit included a tractor, beaching trolley and ground crew.
It has now been confirmed that this company intend to release early in 1967 a 1/72 scale kit of the Kawanishi H8K-2 (Emily) flying boat. Hasegawa's standards have not always been of the highest in the past, but are improving and this model, which-will have a wing span of nearly 22 inches, could form a worthy companion for the Airfix Sunderland.
The IPMS magazine, march 1967
;Also from HASEGAWA is their Kawanishi Type 2 Flying Boat (H8K2) EMILY also to l/72 scale. The fuselage is a full inch longer than the Airfix Sunderland, without turrets. Each wing section is about 1 1/2" longer than the Sunderland, which should give some general impression of the size of this kit, which comes in a box that would just take Marusan's (or U.P.C.'s) l/50 Phantom.1 The cost in Japan is 1000 yen, equivalent to ?1.0.0. This was advertised by Hasegawa as a"World Masterpiece" which, let me say right off, it ain't! But, it is a damned good kit, once the rivet heads are sanded down; this is the only fault, and even so, the rivets are no larger (though, more widely spaced) than on Revell's Buffalo. Decals are semi-matt, with bright red, not vermillion, meatballs, yellow wing strips and a choice of 5 different white tail codes. The three crewmen, two ground crew and towing tractor are well handled, all control sufaces move, and the main flaps in particular look interesting in that they have a flap within the flap, both moving. Beaching wheels are included with massive simulated springs. All clear parts are very clear with frame members moulded oh the inside. There is plenty of internal detail around the cockpit, but elsewhere nothing, which is a pity as the fuselage doors open. The leading edges of the wings have optional parts so that the servicing platforms for the engines can be fixed in their extended positions, if required, or a normal leading edge fitted. Two torpedoes and four underwing bombs are given, and cord is included for the float bracing. Radar antennae are also included and part of the rear fuselage clips in, which seems to indicate that eventual motorising is contemplated. There are 109 parts to the kit which I am sure will make up into a very good likeness of Emily. Now all we want from Hasegawa is a companion Mavis!"
The IPMS magazine, march 1967
BMW of Wimbledon who also sell what is probably the largest 1/72 model aircraft kit in production. Made by the Hasegawa Model Co., Ltd., of Japan the Kawanishi Type 2 (Emily) flying boat kit is one of the most detailed and impressive we have yet reviewed. Removeable wing panels reveal similar construction of the full size. There had been criticisms regarding the accuracy of this model, but comparatively little is known of the full size aircraft. Despite this we would rate it as one of the most exotic plastics we have seen. Retailing at £2 9s. 11 d. this is more than one usually pays for a plastic aircraft kit but having completed the finished article we think it well worth the extra if only for its rarity value.
AeroModeller APRIL 1968 Vol.XXXIII No.387