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Building an Upgraded Kingfisher

A New Look for Monogram's Scout

Before the introduction of radar the scout/observation plane was the eyes of the fleet. Used to seek out the, rescue downed pilots and spot shots the Kingfisher did this job from 1939 until it was finally phased out of front line service in late 1945. Monogram's Kingfisher has been around almost as long as I have and longer than many of the modelers that will be reading this article!. Overall itís a typical early Monogram kit with raised details and a sparse cockpit detail. Recently, Cutting Edge Modelworks designed a few resin corrective sets for this decent offering of a historically significant aircraft.

I began by comparing the instructions from the detail sets to the kitís instructions. The detail sets used were:

  • CEC48300 OS2U Kingfisher Super Detailed Cockpit

  • CEC48301 OS2U Corrected Cowl

  • CEC48317 OS2U Corrected Floats

  • Aeromaster decals sheet # 48-412 Kingfishers Part III

The instruction sheet for the resin cockpit is fairly well done and constantly warns of the delicacy of the resin parts and the need to measure twice and cut once where any cutting of the plastic parts is needed.

Copyright ©2002 - Text and Photos by Mike Taylor (modelguy2) . All Rights Reserved.

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Mike-nice article,nice fish!
JUL 23, 2002 - 02:58 AM
Great article, first pictures I have seen of the resin bits painted and installed. Gorgeous airplane. One question: I have read several comments that the difference between the new floats and the kit floats is minimal, I have not seen the actual replacements, and may not be cost effective. The new interior and the new cowling definitely are required items.
JUL 23, 2002 - 03:05 AM
That's what I call a nice article ! There is so much to read... impressive ! And the plane looks so nice !
JUL 23, 2002 - 03:06 AM
Great looking model Mike. You did a superb job with the old Monogram kit. I for one couldn't devote that much attention to such an old kit without loosing my nerves. I love your articles, they are very comprehensive and full of important information. Keep up the good job! Cheers, CDT Reimund Manneck U.S. Army ROTC
JUL 23, 2002 - 03:37 AM
Mike, One word......SWEEEETTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
JUL 23, 2002 - 04:50 AM
Wow thats a cool model and site!!
JUL 23, 2002 - 04:59 AM
Thanks for the kind words guys. I have to say there is a difference in the floats-how much exactly I can't say But I think they're worth buying. I removed and threw out the Monogram floats much as Cortez burned his ships! I had no choice then but to buy the replacements...Mike T
JUL 23, 2002 - 06:17 AM
Hi Group, This is an old article but it is still a good article!
AUG 30, 2013 - 06:45 AM
Hi Fred Great call bringing this back to the top! Good grief, the article even pre-dates me joining the original Armorama! I'll move the thread over to WW2 where it'll be easier to find. All the best Rowan
AUG 30, 2013 - 06:53 AM
Old article for sure, 2002 era to be exact. Willing to bet that more then half of the membership wasn't around back then. Just an outstanding upgrade to a old, old Monogram kit. 1st rate work, and flawless painting and decaling. My only other thought would be if Mike would have decided on a Alcad 11 NMF with various panels darkened/lightened? Joel
AUG 30, 2013 - 10:49 AM