KIT REVIEW - Fujimi 1/72 scale Aichi B7A2 "Grace"
By: Jeff Curtis


This kit was originally produced in 1984, and shows its age to a certain degree, but it still produces a fairly nice model.  It consists of 54 pieces, molded in gray and 3 more molded in clear. The panel lines are recessed. The interior is very simple, which is fine, since little of it is visible through the greenhouse canopy on a plane in this scale. You get the pilot's stick, 2 seats, a 13 mm machine gun used by the 2nd crew member, who also had a window through the belly of the fuselage which was used for siting before dropping the 800 kg torpedo the plane carried.  There are also decals for the  control panel and a very small clear piece for the pilot's gun site.


In general, the part fit was decent, but when I aligned the fuselage halves, if I ensured the cockpit opening lined up correctly, there was a slight offset at the front of the plane.  Instead of being the typical two fuselage halves, there was also a separate piece for the belly of the plane.  This piece had mediocre fit, and required some
filling.  The wing halves went together well, but left some gaps at the wing root that required filling. The fit on the tail  surfaces was reasonably good.

The instructions and color guide are excellent.  Paint numbers refer to Gunze Sanyo, but I used Tamiya IJN Green and IJN Gray for the primary colors. The interior calls for metallic blue green paint, which is the Aotake coating used on some Navy planes.  Gunze Sangyo H63 works great for this color.  The one annoying aspect of the finish are thin blue and red lines that go on the landing gear covers.  These stripes are not provided on the decal sheet, so you are left to mask and mix up a few drops of paint to spray the stripes that are no more than 1/16-1/32 of an inch wide.  It is difficult to tell from the small drawings just how big to make the stripes. I would have preferred Fujimi to include the stripes on the decal sheet. If you have blue and red decals sheets around, you could cut your own stripes. The wing tip lights are also a problem.  The instructions just tell you to paint a small section of the wing tips red or blue, with no effort to actually provide detail parts to represent the lights.


This was my first aircraft kit, and overall, it was an enjoyable experience.  I don't think you're going to win many contests with this model, and Hasegawa has now released a new kit of the Grace in 1/48th. Modelers wanting to build a model of this plane now have another choice. Still, if 1/72nd is your scale, and you enjoy building Japanese naval planes, it might be worth picking up this kit.  They still seem to be pretty easy to find at swapmeets for less than $10.

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