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In-Box Review
Sea Vixen FAW.2 Airbrake
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

The second instalment in Pavla Models' series of upgrades for the 1:48 Airfix Sea Vixen focuses on the belly airbrake. The 10 grey resin parts of the sample set arrived perfectly intact sealed in a bubble-pack, and the casting is flawless. Despite its simplicity, the upgrade offers a dramatic improvement over the standard kit parts, and the level of detail is quite outstanding.

The main part provides the basic bay and is a straight replacement for kit part 5B, requiring no surgery to install beyond removing its casting block. Sitting it beside the styrene version, the difference is eye-popping, as it's jam-packed with masses of additional details such as structural formers and a cat's-cradle of pipework and wiring. The airbrake itself is also a great improvement with much deeper detail and, importantly, no awkward ejector pin marks to worry about. The only part used from the original kit is the actuator jack, and I'm slightly surprised Pavla didn't replace this too, as the photos in Roy Sutherland's study of the Sea Vixen show it the real thing has a hydraulic pipe that Airfix missed.

The set is accompanied by a small sheet of instructions that are more than adequate for the task. The well-drawn diagrams have colours keyed to the details, and I would recommend Roy's book as the best reference available if you want add further touches.

Pavla's Sea Vixen airbrake set is great, piling in masses of extra detail, but still presenting a really simple upgrade. Highly recommended.
Highs: Highly detailed, perfectly cast and simple to install.
Lows: Pavla could have usefully included the operating jack too.
Verdict: If you're intending to model Airfix's Sea Vixen with the airbrake open, Pavla's upgrade will make a big difference, offering a mass of extra detail compared with the kit parts.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: U 48-39
  PUBLISHED: May 02, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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