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Dornier Do 215 from ICM

Dornier Do 215B-4 from ICM 1:48 scale

 

OK, here is my 2¢ on this new kit...

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Revell Boeing Stearman PT-17

Revelle 1:48 Boeing Stearman PT-17
 



History

The Boeing Stearman Model 75 is one of the iconic training aircraft of World War II, holding the same aura for US pilots as the DH Tiger Moth does for Commonwealth pilots. This rugged biplane first took to the air in 1934, beginning its military service in 1936. After the end of the war, thousands of aircraft were sold on the civilian market, becoming popular as crop dusters, sport planes and aerobatic planes at air shows. In a testament to their durability, over a 1,000 of the more than 8,500 aircraft built continue to fly, making appearances at numerous air shows and fly-ins.

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Vulcan Models' Ordnance QF 2 Pounder Mark IX Carriage Mark II

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Several years ago, a new company from Asia, Vulcan Models, started up and this was their first release.

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Roden C-123B



This new tool from Roden should prove popular. The Roden kit comes in an overly large box considering the size of the kit, the box could have been a full 1/3 smaller and the parts would have still had plenty of room. Inside the box all of the parts are contained in a single sealed cellophane bag including the clear parts. Add to that the fact that the plastic is quite soft and you have a recipe for damage. The canopy had broken off the clear parts sprue and was rattling around inside the bag but appears to have escaped any serious damage and I found some abrasions on some of the other parts. I did not do a parts count nor was one provided on the box. There are ten sprues altogether with two of them being duplicates and one being the clear parts. The parts are for the most part cleanly molded with recessed panel lines. These are a bit heavy in my opinion but will only be real noticeable on bare metal finishes. The parts have a matte finish as though the molds were sand blasted rather than polished. Again it think I would only worry about it if doing a BMF. As I mentioned previously the plastic seems quite soft and that combined with rather heavy sprue attachment points will result in care needed when removing and cleaning up these. I would recommend using a razor saw then filing rather than using a knife. Some of the parts do have some flash. It seemed to related to the sprues as some seemed to have more than other but none looks that difficult to clean up. Mold parting seams appeared to be worse on the sprues with the most flash indicating it might just have been a mold alignment problem. Ejector pin marks were also found in a lot of the usual places and strangely the main gear doors had marks on both sides. Some sink marks were found, these will be noted later.

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Polikarpov Po-2 AZ Model 1/48

I do not know why, but finding on the modeling market a decent model of one of aviation icons - the famous Polikarpov Po-2 is almost impossible . On a scale of 1/72 is still based on a model of KP and its more or less successful clones or less-known model of Polish company: ABC Modelfarb . The situation was saved by ICM 's models. Unfortunately, in 1/48 scale only Gavia was released a model of "Kukuruznik". Currently the model (if it appeared) is avalibe on auction sites only, but the prices were sometimes astronomical values. Therefore with great relief I was delighted to read about the plans of AZ Model to release series of Po-2 models in 1/48 scale.

 

Copying or borrowing forms among manufacturers lately has become a occurrence quite common, it is not surprising that basis in this case is "old" Gavia model. I did not have the "progenitor" in hand thus is hard for me to refer to the quantity and quality of changes / enhancements introduced by AZ Model (which indicates slogan on the box).

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