Thanks Daniel, Tim, and Jos!
Daniel, after reading your comment, I looked into that and you are correct. I guess I should have did a little more research before starting. LOL I figured since it was in the kit I could use it. I am not sure if I will replace the head or not (sounds morbid!). We'll see how I feel as I move along. Thanks for the "heads" up on this. (Bad pun intended)
Jos, I can recommend this kit. This is not a perfect kit, however. While the fitment is generally quite good, the fuselage and intake assembly is quite complex and over engineered. There are tons of braces and guide pin type structures in the fuselage interior. This actually made fuselage assembly more difficult and fitment was off a bit until I cut some off and removed some others.
Another issue is the overscale panels. They are simply protrude way too much. This didn't bother me so much, so I left them be. Others have sanded them down to get them closer to scale.
Shape of the Hasegawa is quite good overall, especially the nose area when compared to the other decent 1/48 F-22, Academy. So, to answer your question, I would recommend this kit if the above does not bother you or are willing and able to overcome the issues.
26. February at 01:07:58