Having now had an opportunity to examine this superb kit in direct comparison with the "magazine-issue" Fine Molds version my suspicions about the cowling of the latter, expressed here, can be confirmed. The difference is subtle but the Tamiya cowling is slightly beefier in cross section with the upper line in profile not tapering so much. The availability of the Tamiya kit - and its price - make this issue academic. But I hope Tamiya's deft strategy discourages further expensive "magazine issue" kits. The generous Tamiya box can also comfortably house the Fine Molds kit in the stash, rather than the two A4 size boxes it came in.
Tamiya suggest their generic XF-71 IJN Interior Green for the cockpit despite the fact that the markings options include both Mitsubishi and Nakajima-built aircraft. They also indicate that the decking beneath the canopy should be painted in the interior green colour rather than the anti-glare colour. Wrong.
Image credit: Box Art © 2012 Tamiya Inc.,