by: Peter Allen [ ]
This British manufacturer generally produce good quality, limited run injection kits of esoteric aircraft from WW1 and WW2. Kits are usually limited to 1500 kits for each model subject.
This unusual design was the result of a total rethink of all, at the time of the start of the second world war, current fighter design criteria. The design utilised a tandem twin engine layout to neutralise prop torque and offered an optimized clean wing for a twin engine plane. The cockpit was positioned ahead of the wings’ leading edges to give the pilot a better field of view. Power was by two Walter Sagitta engines. Further planned developments included the use of two Merlin engines...”that baby would have really flew”.
Quite a simple, but high quality kit with good clean moulding in a crisp dark grey plastic. Only a little flash is present, so clean up will be minimal. All parts are clearly but delicately detailed with no defects or sink marks evident.
WHITE METAL PARTS
Look good and include cockpit tub, props and undercarriage legs and main doors
One good injection canopy is provided. Nice and clear and quite thin.
Unusual and handy method of presenting decals. They come in a single strip so cutting for application couldn’t be simpler. Decals seem to be good quality.
Basic instructions but clearly understandable. One side of the small sheet carries the parts blow-up and written instructions on the reverse.
Black and white camouflage guide clearly printed on the reverse side of the box.
This is quite a relatively expensive kit, but is a good quality limited-run product. Note: sometimes can be found on Hannants on special offer.
Of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating, but building this kit should not produce any undue problems.
The cockpit opening is small at 1/72nd but it would benefit from a little additional work in the detailing department for the more keen amongst us.
Although relatively expensive for such a simple kit it will make a very nice model .
A good model for all modellers and a good introduction for those tackling a mixed materials kit for the first time.
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