Sepecat Jaguar models in 1/72 scale
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Hasegawa has issued as of today the best kit of the Jaguar in 1/72 scale. Their first kit of a Sepecat Jaguar Gr Mk 1/A single seater was released around 1985. It was a very fine kit with recessed panellines, crisp plastic and pretty good. But the airbrakes have raised details, no perforations.
Two types of noses and tails are in the kit. The RAF Jaguar kit has the vertical tail with RWR receivers and the laser designator nose of the kit. But the airbrakes, although separate parts, have no holes in them. It is a tidious job to open them all up.
It had decals for:
The exhausts are a bit undeep in this kit. The
cockpit is very basic with a crude seat and decals for the instrument panels.
Stores in the kit are Magic air-to-air missiles (for the French Armee de
l'Air kit release) , BL755 bombs with their pylons which look good enough
but in the kit there are NO fuel drop tanks. The overwing pylons for the
missiles are a bit crude. Also a rather thick ladder and a pilot for a
diorama as well is in the kit.
Hasegawa issued also a two seater
kit, which was a large improvement compared to the Heller Jaguar (that
also had parts for a two seater). Many parts are common with the single
seat kit. Here the Hasegawa E / T.mk2 is seen:
In this kit decals are for:
The canons may vary per two seater: one cannon or 2 cannons; check the particular air force Jag you want to build. The two seater has a simple vertical tail. A model can also be made a little more different by variantions in "stores and armament load" using the various after market sets.
(5) Jaguar A
One French Jaguar A in "Languedoc" markings was made more recently, using the very nice special kit decals. It was issued in 1994 and bears all common parts and comments as noted above.
The lower surfaces were given a mix coat of light grey with some drops of silver mixed in. The camouflage lines are well distinguishable and "sharp", the green was hand painted. The area on top of the fuselage, nose sides and of the vertical tail of the special markings were masked and given an undercoat of mat white. This will be better for the decals. Black edges are seen on the intake and leading edges of wing and tail.
White markings clearly seen on pictures so these were hand painted on the wing as seen on pictures.
I also made another Hasegawa kit as
Jaguar ACT test aircraft, see page 7....
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