Mitsubishi A6M3 32/22 “HAMP”
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Conversion Set #2 - Mitsubishi A6M3 32/22 “HAMP”
USD$15.00 by email from
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to convert to the A6M3 32/22 Hamp; well packaged.
will need some extra work to bring up to standard.
for experienced modellers willing to do some extra work.
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U.M.I. Resin from the United States is a newcomer to resin conversion
world. A “cottage industry” producer, their first three sets are all to
1/32 scale and are for aircraft of WWII Axis air arms.
U.M.I.’s conversion set #2 provides both resin and metal parts to enable
you to produce a 1/32 scale Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 32/22 or “Hamp” as it
was known under the recognition system devised by the Allied Technical
Air Intelligence Unit to identify Japanese aircraft during WWII.
Interestingly, the A6M3 Model 32/22 was originally dubbed the “Hap” in
honour of General “Hap” Arnold but the name was changed to “Hamp” after
the General complained that he was tired of hearing how many “Haps” had
been shot down during his briefings by junior officers!
external recognition of the “Hamp” were clipped wing tips (the folding
ends of the wings were simply removed and the ends covered by a faired
tip) and a modified cowling (the intake was moved to the top)
Appropriately, U.M.I. Resin addresses these differences by supplying
resin wing tips and a new cowl. The set comprises:
A piece of aluminium
tubing to enable you to fabricate the exhaust stubs.
parts have been cast in a light tan coloured resin and are free from
miss-casts and bubbles.
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U.M.I. is a “Cottage Industry” producer. Whilst the set has been
reasonably well executed it is not up to the standards of Cutting Edge
or Aires. Having said that though, the set is usable and without major
Unlike the other sets I have seen from U.M.I. Resin, the surface of the
cowl and wing tips are smooth. You will however need to prepare the
parts with fine grade wet and dry sandpaper. The trailing edges of the
cowl flaps are reasonable but will benefit from the attentions of a
cast-in detail is a little soft too and you really do need to deepen
them by re-scribing – not a huge task really but it does need to be
instructions required to accomplish the conversion are supplied as hand
drawn illustrations and hand lettered instructions a photocopied A-4
U.M.I. don’t recommend any particular kit but if it were me I would opt
the older Hasegawa offering rather that the ultra expensive but
beautiful Tamiya example as the shortcomings of the conversion will be
very evident against the latter.
parts are packed into a plastic zip-loc bag which is then wrapped in
bubble wrap and placed into a hard (corrugated) cardboard box.
set retails for USD$12.00 and the price include shipping in the United
States. Foreign orders will be more and you can contact U.M.I. Resins
email@example.com for information on the cost.
Worth the price? Yes, I think so. You will need to some work to
bring the cowl up to speed, but it does save you a lot of time in
scratch building and it is for this reason that the set is recommended.
UMI Resin for the review sample
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