This is the Hasegawa
Tamago-World ("Egg World", in Japanese) Midnight Falcon. I decided to
try my hand at it after seeing another one on ARC. The kit comes with a kit base
that must be assembled (I didn't), of a small hill with a small cottage and a
witch (yup, that's right, a witch) making a landing on the runway using a
broom tailhook and aircraft carrier type "wire". It also
comes with a semicircular wire to suspend the egg-16 with.
The parts are molded
in gray plastic. Details are nice and crisp. I painted the pilot as per
instructions (yellow-green, white, blue, yellow), giving him good contrast
to the greys of the egg-16. I used Tamiya acrylics XF-24 (for the dark gray
top), XF-53 (for the fins and front), and XF-19 (for the bottom). The radome was
a mixture of XF-53 and XF-24. The engine nozzle was painted Gun Metal.
The decals were thin
and good, and snuggled well onto the model (no real need for Mr Mark Softer). I
opted for the more colorful decal set to give the model a brighter appearance
(it is already quite cartoonish anyway).
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I used a simple
sludge wash of paint+water+detergent to darken panel lines, missile fins
(as the missiles were painted white), and wheels.
Although this was an
elegantly simple and pretty kit, I do have one gripe about the canopy. There is
a centering pin right under the front of the canopy and is easily visible.
All-in-all the fit
was very good. I has some trouble fitting the main landing gear into the holes
under the plane, but some determination paid off here.
I hope you enjoy it!
(My wife thinks it's cute and wants to play with it though... )