Oreille Model Kits
S u m m a r y
||Approx 24 resin parts; 6 lengths or
airfoil-section strut; 1 small vacform sheet and decals
||Appealing and unusual subject; crisp
surface detail; good quality resin; clever engineering to simplify
construction and alignment; spare vac windscreen; good fit.
||A little hard to see detail on pale
coloured resin; chunky resin waste on trailing edge of rudder; limited
|| Recommended as a very eye-catching
and buildable alternative to mainstream subjects.
Reviewed by Brett Green
The Loire 210 was a seaplane first delivered to the French Marine
Nationale in November 1938. It was intended for use on Cruisers equipped
with rotatable catapults. In practice, production was only 20 aircraft, and its
service was restricted to less than 2 years due to structural weaknesses in the
design of the wing.
Pend Oreille's 1/48 scale model of this unusual aircraft comprises just 24
off-white resin pieces; 6 lengths of plastic airfoil section strut; one small
vacform sheet with two windscreens and five small decals sheets with enough
markings for one aircraft.
The resin is very pleasant. Panel lines are finely engraved and other surface
detail is very crisp, although the very pale colour makes it a little difficult
to see all the detail. There is no evidence of pinholes or other imperfection in
Some smaller parts have a little feather-like flash that will take no time at
all to clean up. However, care will be required removing some of the casting
blocks. The most challenging will be the casting join on the trailing edge of
the rudder. The excess resin runs from the top to the bottom of the rudder, and
patient sanding will be the safest removal method to restore a razor-fine edge
to this area.
Engineering of the kit is clever. The wing is cast as a single piece,
ensuring that the dihedral angle of the outer wing panels will be perfect. This
large part has no casting block - it requires no cleanup whatsoever. The
fuselage has been designed with a saddle that simply sits over the wing.
I also like the method of assembling the engine and cowling. The nicely
detailed Hispano-Suiza radial engine is wedged between a resin plug and the
front of the cowling. This is a very secure and precise assembly.
The big central float is about the same length as the fuselage and is
supplied in two halves. These parts are also just about ready for assembly
straight from the box. Two of the three main support struts are reinforced with
thin steel rod. This will not only strengthen the parts but also provide a handy
locating pin at the top and bottom of each strut. Diagonal reinforcement struts
and mounts for the small outer-wing floats are cut from lengths of the supplied
styrene airfoil section.
Instructions are supplied on six photocopied pages using exploded view
drawings to explain construction. Three view plans are supplied for painting
instructions and decal placement. Rigging diagrams are included on these plans.
Colours are called out as Sea Blue and Matt Aircraft Blue. As someone without
much pre-war French Naval reference, it would have been nice to see an FS
reference, or perhaps suggested matches with commonly available model paints.
I have already dry-fitted fuselage halves and the wing. The saddle mount for
the wing and fuselage is close to a perfect fit. The horizontal tail will be a
good fit too.
If you are looking for an esoteric aircraft, then this model is for you! It
is an appealing subject, well designed and, with some care in aligning the
floats and struts, should not be too difficult to build.
Thanks to Lionel from Pend
Oreille Model Kits for the review sample.
Pend Oreille Model Kits are available at
good hobby shops and mail-order houses,
or their catalogue may be viewed and kits ordered direct from
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