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Westland Lysander. SE Westland Lysander. A Invader. BB Mitchell. BH Mitchell. BC Marauder. The ten rockets payload is worth a look too. If compared to the highest quantity bomb loads with six single drops each. The RS is derived from the Katyusha artillery and therefore quite potent. However kg bombs are stronger in overall strength and depending on the terrain easier to deliver. Rockets however only require aim with the crosshair, allowing for unobstructed view and a direct approach.
Especially the former point is on often overlooked advantage. A third difference is the delivery time, rockets are just faster at the target. A big advantage versus moving targets. And they can double as anti-air armament, a department where the Pe-2s are severely lacking. The first rank of upgrades is rather uninteresting.
Take either two out of three to unlock research for Tier 2. DZ first to unlock more payload variants. Afterwards, the only thing to worry about is performance. Acceleration takes a hit with the new heavier payloads. The remaining upgrades can be chosen in any order. Originally, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was not supposed to be a bomber at all. Its direct predecessor, designated VI, was designed by a prison design bureau team led by Vladimir Petlyakov as a high-altitude escort fighter.
The VI was very modern for its time, featuring a pressurized two-seat cockpit, electrically actuated systems and all-metal construction, and was powered by two supercharged Klimov M V inline engines producing horsepower each. The prototype was completed in and during its first test flight on 7th May , it reached a top speed of The results of flight tests were so promising that the VI was ordered into production. Aside from their revolutionary usage of tanks, the campaign in Poland featured notable usage of Ju 87 dive bombers and showed their potential.
Consequently, the Soviet authorities ordered the VI to be redesigned as a dive bomber. Pressurization equipment and engine superchargers were removed, dive brakes were installed under the wings and the bombardier position was added to the nose of the aircraft raising the number of crew members to three.
A ventral bomb bay was added along with the two smaller bomb positions located at the rear of engine nacelles. Two rear-facing turrets, each armed by a single ShKAS machine gun, were installed to dorsal and ventral positions. The first prototype flew on 15th December and its performance top speed of The bomber was then rushed into serial production and deliveries to combat units began in the spring of The main undercarriage legs have a metal rod moulded in, which helps considerably with their strength.
I had a problem with this though, largely of my own making. The kit does not contain accurate scale drawings and I was unable to locate any elsewhere, so had to judge the position of the undercarriage legs by eye. As a result, I did not splay them enough and the finished model appears to be standing on tiptoe.
I suspect that the kit parts are also slightly too long. However, fitting them was no problem. Just drill out locating holes on the undersides of the wings by the fairings, and also on the brake fairings moulded into the mainwheels, and attach. Allow it to set and then fair in the various parts With a little filler.
For the nosewheel, make a leg from plastic tube of the appropriate diameter, fit a pin to the upper part of the wheel yoke, and place the pin into the tube. Drill a small hole on the underside of the cowling to take the whole assembly and then give everything a further coat of primer. It is at this point that you need to decide whether to fit the canopy open or closed. It really is a moulding masterpiece, well up to Falcon's usual standard, and just in case CT-4 Airtrainer you misjudge cutting out the first, you are thoughtfully given a second one.
The canopy needs a little trimming to encourage it to sit correctly, but work carefully and this can quickly be achieved. A useful tip when cutting a vaeform canopy from the surrounding plastic, is to always use a new, sharp scalpel blade, and go gently. This will ensure that the knife does not slip and mar the finish.
If you are completing the model with the canopy dosed, now is the time to put any final detailing into the cockpit, such as the throttle quadrant and map case, both of which fit on the side walls. Although cyanoacrylate adhesive had been used for construction up to now, I prefer to put transparencies in place with PVA adhesive, which dries dear and also acts as a filler to hide any minor imperfections.
After masking off the windscreen and cockpit area, I sprayed the whole airframe with Halfords Vauxhall Mustard Yellow, an almost exact match for the original colour. The other colour is black, applied to all the control surfaces, as well as forming the wingtip trim and covering the front upper cowling. There are lots of straight lines here, so it is a relatively simple, if tedious job to mask off all thedemarcation lines, or, alternatively, use black decal trim to ensure straight edges, and then fill in the rest with black paint applied with a brush.
Thin decal strip was used to produce all the canopy framing, being sealed with a coat of Johnson's Klear. I had hoped to use the kit decals, which depict a machine from the 'Red Chequers' team, but was thwarted in this as the sheet had been printed on white decal paper. This would have been fine for the chequer markings and lettering, but would have left an unacceptable surround to all the other markings, so I had to adopt 'plan B', and rummage around in my spare decal files. To be fair, I understand that David, who produces the decals on an inkjet printer, was experimenting with different decal papers at the time that these particular items were made.
It is worth remembering that all decals produced on inkjet printers will need a coat of varnish to seal them and then require careful individual cutting out from the sheet since the carrier film is continuous. Fortunately this problem worked in my favour, since the lettering and numbers on the kit sheet are of the wrong style, whereas the letters and numbers from Modeldecal Sheet 36a are spot on. Once the decals were in place the whole model was given a coat of Klear to seal it and produce a light gloss finish.
Final tasks included adding a few small items to the rear cockpit transparency and cementing this in place, again using PVA adhesive rather than superglue to ensure that there is no fogging of the canopy. Kiwi provides three spinners, so ensure that you select the correct longest one, and gently drill this out to take the three propeller blades. The kit blades are a little heavily moulded, so some gentle sanding was required to fine them up before painting them black and white. Note that the stripes are not the same on each blade, but staggered to produce a spiral effect when the propeller is turning.
Aerials were made from stretched sprue. This is not a kit for the beginner, and at times the frustration factor was quite high, but it is worth persevering with, since a very colourful model results, with good overall accuracy. I had a lot of fun building this model, and it developed skills that are not needed for the 'shake the box' type of kit. Finally, a note of advice. Kiwi only produces its kits in limited quantities. This can mean that delivery times are sometimes somewhat extended, although David Lochead does his best to keep customers informed as to progress.
Also, he has no credit card facilities, so payment must be made in cash, money order or cheques drawn on a New Zealand bank, in New Zealand dollars. For prices, and a full list of current and proposed products, in a variety of scales, log on to www. Edwards This view of the cockpit area shows the very clear canopy, scratchbuilt instrument panel and additional interior items, such as the roll bar. Thanks to Mrs Knapp, Scale Aircraft Modelling now offers an exclusive look at his photographs from the period. Perseus was commissioned on 19 October and passed into reserve status in June However- from the summer of the vessel was used during experiments with the new steam catapult gear.
Early in US Navy aircraft were launched from the ship's catapult. This interesting period in the ship's short career coincides with LAM Shaffer's duty aboard the vessel. Apparently taken when Perseus was taking its complement of aircraft aboard, Shaffer's photographs reflect the variety of types employed for the catapult trials. Here a Supermarine Attacker F. Mk 1 is being manoeuvred onto the catapult launching platform. For its test role the ship's modifications included the installation of a large raised platform along the centre of its f1ightdeck.
Here the Attacker is being winched up its aft end into launch position, while the forward end of the ramp can be seen above right. The latter is coded '' and may be TS, which was at Ford in the period on the strength of No. With a move to Ford from Lee-on-Solent in April it became simply the STU and continued its trials work, including catapult trials, into Fighter, and the relatively rare photoreconnaissance variants of the Sea Hornet were present during the trials.
The aircraft above is most likely PR.
Mk 20 WE Interestingly the aircraft was photographed here minus its numerical code and the code letters of its station, perhaps after a respray. Right: This Firefly Mk 5 was being prepared for a catapult launch. The pilot is just entering the cockpit, while the launching strop is already engaged in the catapult's launching shuttle. The shuttle moved down a slot in the deck, underdeck machinery attaching it to a pair of pistons that were driven down their cylinders by steam pressure.
At the limit of the pistons' travel the shuttle was braked and the aircraft launched, the strop falling over the carrier's bow into the sea. The strop attached to the Firefly's underside at two points beneath the wingroots at their junction with the fuselage. The large crane in the background is that featured in other photographs here where aircraft are being loaded. This aircraft is presumably the machine shown awaiting embarkation in a previous image.
Again it is on the raised platform that was added to Perseus for the catapult trials, while considerable activity goes on around it in preparation for a launch. Aft of the platform a Sea Fury and Avenger are ranged. With its loaded weight in excess of 22, Ib 9, kg , the Sturgeon was almost certainly the heaviest of the Fleet Air Arm aircraft used in the Perseus catapult experiments. Its importance to the development work would have been great, especially since heavier jet aircraft were coming on line.
Behind PR. Mk 5 WB, apparently fitted with a replacement, or repainted nose section. On the original print this is in a somewhat darker shade than the Extra Dark Sea Grey of the uppersurfaces, but lighter than either the red or the blue of the fuselage roundel. Mk 11 VW and FB. Mk 10 TF The aircraft in front of the hangar is another Firefly Mk 5, most likely the aircraft being prepared for a 'cat shot' in a previous photograph.
WB has been recorded as 'D' with No. The Firefly in the distance seems to have a replacement rudder, in a lighter shade.
This AD-4 appears to be preparing for launch, although the cranes and buildings in the background seem at odds with this. Note the hold back extended from the Skyraider's fuselage, aft of its tailwheel. The BuNo of the third in line is visible as , indicating that this aircraft at least was an F2H The combination of an 'R' code and pale fin tips suggests that the Banshees might hail from VF, but the lack of a squadron identity beneath their 'NAVY' titles may preclude this. Right: Increasing aircraft weight as the new jet-powered machines began to enter service was the driving factor behind catapult and arrester gear development in the early post-war period.
Here a Panther is mounted on Perseus' catapult platform, but is not preparing to launch. The figure in the cockpit, his arm hanging out alongside the fuselage, is not in flying gear, while the aircraft has its hold back in place and also appears to be lashed to the platform. The aircraft although a good design could not achieve the desired performance at high altitudes consequently a revised role was sought for it as a fast low-level photo reconnaissance machine. Yet the SWift c e as it. Country: D D. Sikorsky JRS-1 With the 65th anniversary of the Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor in December , the editor asked some regular contributors to take a look at the modelling possibilities for one or two of the more esoteric aircraft that were involved.
It operated alongside the larger S fourengined aircraft from which it was developed. Some of these aircraft were stationed at Pearl Harbor on 7 December and the aircraft modelled here was one of those that survived the Japanese attack. Indeed, shortly after the raid it was sent out on a reconnaissance mission to locate the Japanese fleet. Pearl Harbor survivor I used the original Sword kit, although this has now been packaged by Special Hobby. The kit is a very typical limited run injection moulded product, with resin and photo-etched detail parts.
The main plastic parts are very well moulded, but some of the smaller parts are not as crisp, these including the struts and the undercarriage. Some other smaller parts such as aerials and handles are replaced with either resin or photo-etch, and the numbering of some of these parts is a little confusing during the build process.
Assembly starts with the interior, including the cockpit and main cabin. The latter is laid out airliner style. I'm not sure if this is correct for the military version, but I stuck with what was available. In hindsight, you can see very little of the interior once the model is built, so it doesn't really matter. A few struggles The assembly of the fuselage is quite complicated and it was here that I struggled with the kit.
Some of the problems may have been my fault, but it was difficult to assemble the parts and get good neat joints, as well as maintaining the detail. The main wing struts require considerable time to be spent on their correct positioning, and patience is required. The decals are very good and work exceptionally well. I finished the model in a fairly weathered condition, as I prefer to do.
I think that any aircraft undertaking a mission around this time would have been left velY open to the elements and quite mistreated.
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It is well worth the effort required though, since it makes up into an interesting and unusual model. Country: o o. Name on card The type was finally phased out in , after many years of service. A supersonic version was planned, but never proceeded with. It was replaced by the excellent Mystere IVA, as seen here. Immensely strong, and, for such a large aircraft, manoeuvrable, the 'Fitter' was nevertheless hampered by extremely short range, thanks to its thirsty Lyulka AL-7F turbojet.
Its weapons load was also limited. Initially the 'Fitters' were left unpainted in IAF service, as on B below, but later received hastily applied disruptive camouflage above. India used the F. Mk 56 and T. Mk 66, both types proving to be extremely popular in IAF service. The FMk 56 racked up an impressive mission tally. Scale Aircraft Modelling - Volume 28 Number 10 o.
Medium Green Olive Green 0. Dubbed 'The Sabre Killer' in Indian Air Force service, the Gnat, although hampered by limited range, proved to be an excellent dogfighter. This F was one of the original batch delivered to India in the early s. Initially, the F-6s were finished in overall painted aluminium, as on '', a No. This soon gave way to a variety of different schemes, including that on sharkmouthed '' shown below, which belonged to No. At this time, they were still in natural metal finish. The type soldiered on until the early s.
Roughly comparable to the MiG, the Starfighter's high-altitude air-to-air capabilities were rarely utilised, due to the IAF engaging at lower altitudes where the F was less effective. Having the occasion to examine them both, I can confirm that they are practically the same kit and come from the same mould. Each is moulded in medium grey plastic and includes resin and etched-metal parts. The kits mainly differ in the colour scheme and markings options that they offer.
It comes in a standard Valom box, featuring a beautiful painting of the kit's camouflaged option. On opening the box the first impression is that this is a detailed kit, its parts being contained in a large sealed bag with two sprues of grey plastic containing 77 injectionmoulded pieces and eight pieces in clear plastic. There are also two combined sealed bags containing creamcoloured resin detail parts. These include the main wheels, a detailed radial engine, four bombs, crew seats, two control columns, machine-guns, etc, for a total of 15 pieces.
Some of the parts exhibit fine flash. The 20page instruction booklet includes a history of the type in Czech and English and 18 stages of construction. This begins with the assembly of the engine, propeller and nacelle, and of the fuselage interior, including a detailed cockpit and adjacent wirelessoperator's compartment. The injection-moulded parts have engraved panel line detail and the fabric wing covering is well represented, reflecting the variety of tensions in the canvas covering of the flying surfaces.
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The wing and fuselage parts con- tain runner and ejector pin marks that protrude on their inner surfaces. Based on previous experience with short-run kits, I would strongly recommend removing these excess plastic areas carefully and completely, since some of them may hamper the fitting of interior details, or prevent the main wing parts fitting together. The kit includes twoinjection moulded cockpit canopies. They are clear and similar in shape, but with one difference. One is in a single piece, while the other has a separate skylight, allowing the cockpit detail to be seen more effectively.
The interior detail, some of which comes in resin, includes seats, a chart table, cockpit instruments, a floor and bulkheads, control wheels and other less visible details, including spare ammunition magazi nes, a winch drum, rudder pedals, etc. The interior is fitted to the port half of the fuselage once painted. There are two clear side windows that I preferred to replace with Kristal Klear, since I guessed that the wireless operator's cabin would be invisible if the clear pieces were fixed in place.
The cockpit is well catered for, its three seats being complete with etched seatbelts. Etched instruments fit into the port half of the fuselage. The copilot's seat is folded, as is the co-pilot's control wheel, which is fixed flush with the starboard fuselage wall. Other detail fits into the rear fuselage space. It includes a set of oars mounted against the fuselage wall and visible through the aft gun opening. Various ammunition drums are fitted close to the open gun positions. Unlike the front gunner, the rear gunner has the provision of a seat.
A detailed gun ring is delicately repre- Scale Aircraft Modelling - Volume 28 Number 10 sented in brass etch for each of the front and rear gun positions and looks excellent, particularly when the gun and its mounting are fixed in their respective places. The only drawback here is deciding the exact location of the engine pod and its struts, once the lower wings were already thoroughly dry in their place.
I found this needed several dry runs, as it is quite a complex assembly. The engine pod is also tilted to one side and reference to the colour plan view and the colour artwork on the box gave me some form of clue as to correct position and angle of sideways tilt. Any experienced modeller will sort this it out one way or another. Rigging the model was a time consuming operation, but it reinforces the wings and adds a lot of strength to the structure. I represented the float rigging with thin steel strips cut to the correct lengths. For the wing and nacelle rigging I used invisible thread.
Thin fishing line works equally well. The instruction booklet has a diagram to assist with rigging placement, but this is rather limited in detail and is not quite complete. Reference to the rigging shown on the box art is not helpful and can confuse an otherwise not overly complex layout. My suggestion is to refer to photographs and scale plans from other sources. This is an interesting kit and the more detail you add, such as drilling small offset drain holes in the wheel covers, etc, the more complete the resulting model will be. Other observations that I made during assembly were: 1.
The tail struts, items 20 leading and 21 rear , should be labelled as items 21 leading , since these are longer. The slots where the wings and tailplanes fit need to be adjusted slightly in order to allow their parts to fit properly. The two antenna locating holes on the wings are too far forward. I replaced the antennae themselves with steel pins.
They should be placed right above and inline with, the forward outer struts. The four outer struts two on each wing are of the correct length, but the inner two struts, one on each side close to the wing root, need to be shortened by 2 mm in order to remain upright when fitted. The rigging wires at the wing trailing edges should start at the lower struts and connect to a point in line with the vertical strut close to the wing root at the leading edge, but not to the upper engine pod strut. For some reason the two struts close to the Kit Reviews wing roots at the leading edge are not shown on the drawing at stage I had to add two rails to the rear turret cover, which slides forward.
I added two lights to the lower wing tips. The 'foot step' decals were placed near the leading edge of the camouflaged Walrus Scale Aircraft Modelling Volume 8, No. These markings may, however, not always have been added to camouflaged machines. I added two wave deflectors forward of the side windows. Some early aircraft were without these. The decals provided are of very good quality and adhered well. All in all this was an interesting kit, but it is not one to rush.
A certain amount of perseverance during assembly results in a fine model. Thanks to Valom for the review sample type, dating back a dozen years or more, is still as fine an E. VIII as a modeller could want, but it's not for everyone. And the Eduard kit, while nicely engineered and moulded, is no pushover itself. For example, the monoplane Fokker had a great deal of tubular structure in its cockpit, from the overall framework and rear bulkhead, to the seat supports. Eduard, with hardly a hint of a seam line, has captured this tubing as close to scale diameter as one could hope for.
This is a blessing and a curse. It gives the completed cockpit the desired delicate appearance, but it is extremely brittle, and I broke virtually every piece at least once before completing the well appointed cockpit be especially careful assembling the seat supporting structure. It's a shame that, as in all too many World War I subjects, most of your hard work to this end will be hidden after the fuselage halves are closed. The largest of the PE parts, the 'pan' that fits under the forward fuselage and wraps around either side by about 4 mm, should be carefully fitted, because several struts terminate in the same spots on this part.
I used MisterKit paints throughout the build, which made colour matching a breeze, these Italian-made since acrylics are carefully researched and are as accurate as one is likely to find. The two Spandau machineguns, with their PE cooling jackets be very careful rolling these fragile PE parts, or leave the plastic ones on and tiny colour PE ammunition counters attached to both butts, fit well on the forward fuselage, as did their feed chutes and spent-cartridge channels.
These small assemblies with few parts give the illusion of great detail, a tribute to the engineering of the model. It is at this point that the overall lozenge camouflage decals should be applied. Fortunately, Eduard has precut these and they fit nicely. Depending on the version you are modelling, they cover the entire fuselage from the cowling back, excepting the metal areas, and the tailplane on some versions. I then over coated them with a mixture of flat and gloss Testor's clear coat so the decals would stand up to handling while the model was completed.
While the instructions would have you install the fin and rudder early on, I left this off until I was ready to apply the rigging due to its fragile attachment points. The engine is Eduard's patented threepiece two injected parts with PE push rods , and still quite nice, little rotary unit. It was painted in Model Master NonBuffing Aluminium with MM Brass applied to the manifold, then given a wash of black with burnt umber run between the cooling fins.
Over this went the cowling, around which wraps a long PE retaining strap, requiring care to make certain it is attached uniformly all the way around. I had to pull mine off and try again after finding it lopsided the first time. Eduard has included two wings with this kit.
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One is an idealised Wing, while the other, according to the instructions, has the bowed appearance that the extremely thin plywood displayed on most LV's. Unfortunately, I'll have to take Eduard's word for it that the wings are different, because even after two coats of MisterKit Fokker Olive I could not tell the difference between the two, so I just picked one at random and attached the PE control horns to the ailerons.
While getting the struts all to line up with their attachment points while keeping the wing perfectly horizontal was a bit of a challenge, it had more to do with mistakes I made earlier in the build, and with care I finally got it right. There is an option to paint the wing in the 'streak' finish, since Alternatively, one may complete it in overall yellow as used by an Australian team in Antarctica and the subject of a rebuild in recent years at the Point Cook Museum, Melbourne.
Carmel J. Attard Kit: Fokker E. A good guess would be that it's just a great looking aircraft. And it would have been a stellar performer, at least according to some sources, had it just been given more time to prove itself.
Unfortunately, when the type made its combat debut in August , it made its one and only kill and then promptly suffered a series of fatal catastrophic wing failures. These were later blamed on shoddy construction, and not on Anthony Fokker's revolutionary cantilever wing design. By the time the E. V returned to the front, only about two weeks before the Armistice, it had been renamed Fokker D. VIII, a biplane designation probably meant to disassociate the machine from its perceived reputation as a man-killer under the E.
V designation. Eduard's kit, comprising three injection-moulded sprues of 52 parts, plus a colour photo-etched fret with about 60 more parts, is without a doubt the best mass-market release of this aircraft ever kitted. I believe some aircraft bore the solid olive and some the streaked, brushed-on scheme seen on the Dr. But my two photographs of the example I built, from Jasta 36, showed a clearly solid green cofour on the wing surfaces.
Finally, the decals are in perfect register and opaque, though quite thin. This, like the tUbing, can be both good and.
I originally planned to build the option from Jasta 8 with a snake running the length of both sides of the fuselage. However, I ruined the decal and had to settle for other markings. When applying this serpentine decal, I recommend first laying the decal with backing paper still attached against the fuselage side. Then, pulling just the tail from the backing paper, carefUlly pull the backing away a little at a time while simultaneously blotting down the decal.
This prevents the distortion and tearing I experienced. I painted the propeller with Testor's Model Master Wood and Burnt Umber in a laminate pattern, and when this was dry I added a coat of Tamiya clear orange it simulates the oldfashioned varnish before applying the Axial logo decals. Finally, after painting the cowling MisterKit French Roundel Blue to match the Jasta 36 colour, I applied the many small decals and stencils and turned to the thankfully brief rigging job.
This involved only a wire 'X' supporting the undercarriage struts, and short wires to the aileron horns, and more short wires running from the aft fuselage to the horns on the rudder and tailplane. I used beading wire, and painted it with a black pen. It was later rebuilt with a longer wing span. CMR offers a double kit of the type, enabling the modeller to produce both versions. I built the two in tandem, basing the review on the earlier version and adding comments on the differences.
As with all CMR kits these days, the instructions are excellent and there is no need to guess about the required colours, since they are noted for every component. After washing the parts in MEK, I began work on the subassemblies. The engine is a single moulding which needs to be separated from its pouring core and then painted.
Its various pipes were painted and attached to the engine and left to set. The cockpit interior came next. This consists of floor, seat, bulkhe. After a couple of pouring cores had been sanded off each fuselage half, I painted the fuselage interior, fixed the cockpit assembly in place in one half and added the instrument panel. The fuselage could then be.
The wings are single mouldings and slot positively onto the fuselage. The horizontal tail surfaces are also single mouldings, but butt joint in place. The the engine itself is fitted from the front, followed by the cowling ring. To support the cowling on the actual aircraft there were a number of rods connected to the engine front by a ring. These are replicated on the cowling front in fine resin. Unfortunately I damaged some of them when attempting to trim the ring. Rather than try to repair the damage I removed the whole lot, intending to replace them later.
The main assembly and the cowling were painted and the rest of the details added, these being the undercarriage and tailskid doors. As to the cowling supports, I fabricated those using fuse wire and, because on the real aircraft they are metal coloured, they were not painted. The cowling was fixed in place and the canopy and decals were added. To finish off, the whole model, including the canopy, was given a cou- Scale: Kit type: Injection moulded, No. How time flies. I've always had a soft spot for the aircraft and now that my preferred scale is I was delighted to hear that Classic Airframes was producing a family of Ansons.
The instructions do not show the aileron control wires that run from the fuselage to the lower wing, and I left them off, but they should be installed using photographs or drawings as reference. Overall, this was a satisfying build of an intriguing and attractive subject. Eduard has become, in the space of a decade, the company that now sets the standard in the opinions of many World War I modellers.
I would tend to agree, and this kit is well up to that standard. After adding the propeller the model was complete. On the long-span version of the model the undercarriage is slightly different and the machine sports slightly longer tail planes. The only other difference is in the aircraft's registration - the 'N' is missing. As a regular reviewer I am used to tackling a wide range of aircraft subjects, but I must admit that this one had me scrambling for reference material, since I have not made a large number of racing aircraft.
Having said that, the instruction sheet, which includes numerous photographs, is all you really need. These models make a nice addition to my growing collection of CMR subjects and I can recommend them to anyone acquainted with resin kits; Ernie Lee Thanks to Czechmaster Resin for the review sample Suggested reference The National Air races in 3-views, , Pylon Publications way certain parts have been moulded to allow future marks to be produced. As usual with my build method, I chose to build up all the subassemblies first and so started with the wings.
To these need to be added the undercarriage bay bulkhead and roof, parts A5, 6, 14 and Take care when fitting the Product I wish to pay by cheque. If you think it's necessary a small shelf can be added to help locate it. Unfortunately, no positioning gUide is featured in the instructions. A nice touch, should you be building a very early production aircraft, is the inclusion of extended-length ailerons. My particular version didn't need these so I can't comment on how easy it would be to cut out the short items.
This time though, a drawing is provided showing the operation. Next the engine nacelles are fitted, being sure to get them orientated correctly with regard to the well cut out on the main wing. I chose to open up the optional landing light rather than paint it silver as it's quite large and a very noticeable feature. It's not too difficult to do and if you take it a little at a time the resin insert and lamps fit quite snugly. The small photo-etched actuators I left off until just before spraying. The tailplanes were assembled next and these were just lightly sanded, before being set aside with the wing assemblies to dry for a couple of days.
The main task now ahead was to deal with the very comprehensive cockpit assembly. This is a true gem and is very visible through the copious glazing of the Anson. Including the tiny photo-etched parts and resin framing there are over 40 parts to the whole construction. I started work on the cockpit by putting all the bulkheads and flooring together, followed by the resin sidewalls and framing.
I found it easier to tape the fuselage halves together and then 'jiggle' the framing to suit. I cut slots in the sidewalls and fuselage halves to accept some modified main spars C18 and 19 as there is no provision to fit the wings other than a butt joint. These were made from aluminium to the same size as the kit parts, except that they were lengthened so that about 2 cm protruded out of the fuselage. Their overall length ended up at just under 7 cm. The instrument panel is very convincing and can be seen easily through the glazing.
Instead of using the rear part C8 I made another one from white plasticard, since I find this gives a much clearer appearance to the acetate dial work. The acetate film is then sandwiched between the plasticard and photo-etched panel. To this are added some delicate throttles and switches. Three resin seats came next, complete with photo-etched belts. No fixing positions are shown for them on the cockpit floor, but they're easy to work out in relation to the instrument panel and radio gear.
Small switch panels are located at a couple of points on the fuselage sides.
The various radio gear items are attached to resin struts, as are the two map tables. I chose to separate the machine-gun barrel from its body, fixing the body in place and then fitting the barrel from outside later. Check your references with regard to the nose windows too. The fuselage halves were joined next and gave no problems. The only part I found slightly annoying was the resin roof framing R3.
My example was slightly twisted and proved a little reluctant to stay in place.