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Lockheed Model 14
Hudson Mk. I

 

 

Classic Airframes

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 448
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 66 parts in grey styrene; 28 in clear styrene; 4 clear vacform parts on a small sheet. Around 35 parts in pale cream-coloured resin. Decal sheet with two marking options. 8 pages of instructions and letter-sized colour marking guide.
Price: US$59.95 RRP ($50.96 from Squadron.com)
Review Type: In-box
Advantages: Important subject not previously available as an injection kit in this scale; nice surface detail (restrained fabric and crisp engraved lines where appropriate); thoughtful engineering; crystal clear transparencies; excellent resin parts; improved (narrow) sprue connections; good quality decals; clear instructions
Disadvantages: Empty passenger cabin; test-fitting and patience will still be required due to lack of locating pins;
Recommendation: Recommended for modellers wanting to take the next step from mainstream injection moulded kits

 


Classic Airframes' Hudson Mk. I is available online from Squadron.com

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Classic Airframes' quality continue to improve with each new release. Their Lockheed Hudson Mk. I is further evidence. This is the first in a family of Hudsons that will be released in the coming months.

Considering the importance of the Hudson to the early efforts in the Second World War, it is somewhat surprising that we have not seen the type produced in 1/48 scale kit form before now.

Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Hudson Mk. I is delivered in their familiar packaging with an attractive painting by Don Greer on the boxtop. The model comprises 66 parts in pale grey injection moulded styrene, 28 parts in clear injection moulded plastic, 4 small vacform parts on a single sheet and around 35 resin parts.

 

 

The kit is broken down to permit the future release of the Mk. II, Mk. III and Mk. IV Hudson. The major parts will be common to all aircraft, with "mix-and-match" engine nacelles, engines, exhausts, intakes and other minor details to distinguish the variants. Options in this kit include solid or glazed nose, turret or blanking plate, alternate position nacelle intakes and various antennae. These options cover the variations between the Hudson Mk. I and Lockheed Model 14.

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The quality of the plastic parts sets a new standard for Classic Airframes. The surface texture is satin, and panel lines are finely engraved. Sprue attachment points are very narrow, and there is very little flash in evidence. A new finesse is evident. For example, the edges of appropriate parts are beveled to ensure authentic thinness of the opening to the gear well and the wing slots. Trailing edges of flying surfaces are also quite thin. I will be thinking twice about whether I bother to sand these further.

Engineering is thoughtful too. The main gear has stout locating lugs. I was especially pleased to see the "slot and tab" approach to the tail surfaces to assist accurate alignment and ensure a stout bond. Surprisingly, the big wings are simply "butt-joined" to the fuselage. I recommend the installation of a wing spar to achieve a solid join.

The Hudson requires extensive glazing, and Classic Airframes' clear parts are another highlight (click thumbnail to the left to view larger image). The clear plastic is very transparent and free of distortion. The designers have taken care to ensure that clear parts join only on panel lines. Mercifully, the clear tip of the nose is a single part. Each cabin window is also a separate part. These will be somewhat tricky to install securely.

The resin parts are delicately detailed and as nice as we have come to expect from Classic Airframes in recent years.

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Instructions are logically laid out in eight pages over 18 steps. Brief notes supplement the exploded view diagrams. Decals are provided for two aircraft.

The only shortcoming of the kit is the absence of any cabin interior - not even a floor. Having said that, the windows are quite small, so interior visibility will be limited. Even so, the determined detailer may want to add some rudimentary elements such as a floor and some seating.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Classic Airframes has once again answered the call for new aircraft types in 1/48 scale. They have done so with their best effort to date. The quality of plastic is a definite improvement over earlier releases, the clear parts are a joy and resin details are the icing on the cake.

The lack of locating pins will demand constant dry-fitting and extra care when assembling this kit, but I do not see anything especially alarming in the box. This kit looks like a good candidate for a modeller who feels ready to tackle something slightly more challenging than a standard Tamiya or Hasegawa offering.

Congratulations, Classic Airframes, for the impressive execution of yet another neglected subject!

Recommended.

 


Thanks to Jules Bringuier of Classic Airframes for the review sample.
Classic Airframes kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers and at Squadron.com.


Review and Images Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
Page Created 24 July, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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