The first release of the kit as H-103, and copyrighted 1972 Revell, Inc., presented box art by Kihachiro Ueda, well known for his LS box art. Not very dramatic with just a 10 o'clock view of a Ginga with tail code 762-92 approaching the viewer and a hint of combat in the background (heading image). The name 'Ginga' was prominently displayed in orange shadow shaded in dark blue to a larger font than the rest of the title 'Kugisho P1Y1/2 "Frances"' in dark blue. This box was a strong affair with a stout cardboard lid but apart from titles and copyright information all in Japanese. The kit box was annotated 'Made in Japan. Printed in Japan'. A second style of box with the title in red but the same box art (shown above) bears a copyright notice of '1972, 1976'. Both releases were imported to the UK and USA and the first style of box was still being retailed well into the late 1970s. An original release kit was bought in Universal Models, Hong Kong in 1977 for the princely sum of HK$18,50 (about £2.31 then) whilst a second original release kit has a Modeltoys, Portsmouth mail order receipt for £4.30 in June 1978. The kit first featured in the Revell (GB) catalogue in 1973 but was described as 'Ginga P1Y2-5 Kyokko' (sic) designed as a night fighter whereas the actual kit offered P1Y1 Model 11 and P1Y2 Model 16 options.
The instruction sheet in the first release box was a quality four-page booklet presentation on glossy paper with a photograph of the real aircraft on the first page and a typo under the Revell logo giving the scale as 1/32! Curiously the instruction sheet in both original release boxes is copyrighted 1975. The information about the aircraft was comprehensive but all in Japanese text with a combination of exploded views and text notes for building the kit. These instructions are shown below.
- コ-PIN-4 (Ko-PIN-4) - Model 11 type fourth increase prototype. Note that this aircraft appears to be finished in dark green over natural metal with unusual light bordered tailplanes - yellow? - see photo below.
- 522-212 depicted as a radar equipped P1Y2-S night fighter with oblique armament but this unit was engaged in sea search missions so the radar would be air-to-surface and the oblique armament inappropriate.
- 761-24 of 761 Ku (Ryu - 竜 - Dragon)
- T 762-92 of 262 attack squadron, 762 Ku
- 21-205 of 521 Ku (Ohtori -鵬 - Phoenix)
- ヨ-195 (Yo-195) a P1Y2-S night fighter of Yokosuka Ku
- 轟-576 (Todoro-576) of 522 Ku (轟部隊 - Todoro - 'Roaring'/'Thunder' - Butai). This marking possibly worn during their training/working up period