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Review
FRROM: Gamma 2E Bomber
Merlin
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Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 03:28 AM UTC


FRROM have followed up their Northrop Delta 1C with a similarly well produced kit of the Gamma 2E light-bomber - the forerunner of the iconic SBD Dauntless.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Merlin
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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 02:16 PM UTC
Hi again

I couldn't resist starting to build this one! Although I don't often work in 1:72, it's just such a great subject.

I've got most of the cockpit ready. The instructions call for Interior Green (which is what the preserved A-17A at the US Air Force Museum has), but I've gone for dirty aluminium as the Gamma is a bit earlier and mine will be a prototype. OK - maybe I've made it a bit too dirty, but call it artistic licence.





Turning to the wings, the instructions show you need to do one small bit of surgery and remove an aileron actuator on each side. I've still got to re-scribe the line:



I've gone one stage further and added landing lamps that the kit missed with chunks of perspex:



As that worked OK, I used perspex again to replace the pieces for the fuselage windows that were a slightly loose fit:



So far the Gamma's proving a really enjoyable build and I hope to make a bit more progress on Sunday.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 09:28 PM UTC
Hi Rowan,

Your Gamma looks pretty good! I never built a kit of this manufacturer, but I know they have very nice, rare seen kits, like the Breguet Alize. How does it fall together?

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 12:26 AM UTC
Hi Oliver

Many thanks for your kind words. The kit's going together nicely so far. I did a test-fit in the review and it's bearing out in the real build. The fuselage halves are a perfect fit, and the wings go together very nicely - but I did thin the trailing edges. I've thinned the horizontal tail a fair bit and may still give it a second look. I expect the wing roots will need a little filler - but I've seen far worse on kits from bigger manufacturers.

All the best

Rowan