Well I know that this isn't news as there have been several posts regards this kit already, but I've just started mine, and here are my thoughts.
On first inspection the parts are in the older softer plastic, but are well executed with restrained panel lines. The cockpit detail looks nice, but there is no intake trunking and the jet pipe isn't blanked off, this may need seeing to later. Also, due to moulding limitations there are several intakes missing from the fuselage top decking behind the cockpit.
For inspiration I visited my local museum again (Manston History Museum), where they have a JP T4 on display.
This is what comes in the box
There are two decal options, the one most people seem to go for, light grey with all the day-glow striping in decal, and the 70's-80's training scheme in red, white and light aircraft grey. The day glow scheme is tempting, but all my memories of the JP are from the 80's so red, white and grey for me.
The box top. Very nice, but notice how the missing detail on top of the fuselage has been masked with the shadow from the wing?
Construction gets off to a standard start with the cockpit.
The eight parts that go together to make up the two ejection seats. Detail may not be up to aftermarket resin items standard, but they are nicely formed none the less, and went together well. The separate seat cushion insert has moulded on straps which will repay careful painting. If the supplied pilot figures are employed then this insert is left out.
There is also the representation of the ejection handle on the head box.
The cockpit tube went together well consists of the main tube, two control columns, a central throttle console instrument panel and forward bulkhead. Detail is more than adequate for this scale.
Next I shall paint the internals, which shouldn't take to long as it is mostly black, but as the aircraft I will be modelling had over 20 years service under its belt a fair bit of weathering will be needed.