1/72 scale Hawk 75A is available online from Squadron.com
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|Contents and Media:
||24 parts in low-pressure injected
grey styrene; around 40 parts in pale yellow resin; 1 photo-etched fret;
1 small acetate sheet; 4 clear parts on a small vacform sheet.
||USD$13.47 from Squadron.com
||Impressive use of multi-media; won't
need any update sets; good quality plastic' nicely consistent engraved
panel line detail; plenty of options; high quality resin parts; great
||Vacform canopy looks very thin -
will be tricky to install side windows too; some big ejector pins
on inside of fuselage and wings; a little flash on injection moulded
AML of the Czech Republic has
released at least thirteen 1/72 scale kits but it is a new name for me.
I was therefore pleasantly surprised to open the very sturdy cardboard
box of their 1/72 scale Curtiss Hawk 75A-1,2,3,6 kit to find high
quality, multi-media contents.
One sprue of low-pressure
injection moulded parts provide the 24 main parts including the wings,
fuselage, optional cowls and tail surfaces. The plastic is quite smooth
but not too brittle - very nice quality. The engraved surface detail is
consistent, but the fabric effect on control surfaces is slightly
Almost 40 parts are supplied in
pale yellow resin. These parts include the cockpit, seat, undercarriage
details, alternate engines and machine guns. All the resin parts are
beautifully cast, and some are incredibly fine.
small photo-etched fret supplies the two styles of instrument panel,
harness, rudder pedals and airframe details.
The vacform canopy looks very,
very thin. Extreme caution will be required when cutting, handling and
securing these parts. The side windows will be especially tricky.
excellent decal sheet has markings for two French, three Finnish, one
German and one Vichy Hawk. The decals are in perfect register and the
colours look great.
Seven pages of the twelve page
instruction sheet are dedicated to these colourful markings. The
instructions are in black-and-white. Construction is adequately called
out in 8 steps using exploded view diagrams.
Being a limited-run kit, the
Hawk does not include locating pins or some of the other luxuries of
modern mainstream models. Care will be needed when aligning the main
parts, and the butt-joined tailplanes will probably require
reinforcement. There are some gigantic ejector pics on the inside
surfaces of the fuselage and wings that will need to be removed before
This is an impressive model
from AML, and with the wide range of markings will appeal to many
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 09 June, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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