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|Contents and Media:
plastic - 39 grey styrene and 2 clear vacform parts. Around 23
parts in pale cream-coloured resin. Decal sheet (plus small
supplementary sheet) with two marking options. 6 pages of
instructions and letter-sized colour marking guide. Template
guide for nose marking
||Another neglected subject
from the champions of neglected subjects; nice surface detail
(restrained fabric and crisp engraved lines where appropriate);
excellent resin parts; good quality decals; clear instructions
||Ragged flash on
injection-moulded parts; test-fitting and patience will likely
be required (no locator pins); a few minor sinkmarks.
||Highly Recommended for
experienced modellers who are fans of US aviation between the
1/48 P-6E Hawk is available online from Squadron.com
by Brett Green
Classic Airframes must be considered to be the champions of neglected
Their new range of Curtiss Hawks will be great news to
between-the-wars modellers who have watched glumly from the sidelines as
dozens of new kits are released from other eras.
Classic Airframes' P-6E Hawk is another genuine multi-media kit that
makes excellent use of resin for fine details.
This little aircraft contains only 39 grey styrene parts. The surface
detail of these parts is of very high quality. Panel lines are crisply
engraved, and the extensive fabric areas are nicely restrained - very
convincing. Although there are very few imperfections on the parts
themselves, smaller parts are surrounded by a thin, ragged boundary of
flash. In my opinion, some of the smaller plastic parts including the
cockpit framing and aerial masts would have been better off cast in
resin. Even so, the flash will not be difficult to remove.
Two clear vacform parts are moulded onto a small sheet. These
windscreens (an original and a spare - always an advisable idea) are
Around 23 parts in pale cream-coloured resin are the highlight of
this kit, and the exhaust stacks have to be seen to be believed. These
complex little assemblies are cast as one piece for each side, and all
twelve stacks on each side are hollow. This is a real work of art! The
cockpit parts are very nice too - especially the floor and seat.
decal sheet (plus small supplementary sheet) contain two wild marking
Six pages of instructions call out construction over twelve steps
using diagrams and text descriptions. A rigging diagram is also
A letter-sized colour marking sheet and template guide for nose
markings round out this small but comprehensive package.
Engineering is typical of recent Classic Airframes releases.
There are no locating pins, but the small size of this model
should make alignment relatively straightforward. The enclosed
cowl and in-line engine is also much simpler than a highly visible
Lower wings are butt-joined with the fuselage. I suggest
reinforcing this important join with piano wire or brass wire.
Perfect alignment of these parts will be essential if the top wing
is to fit properly. Also check the fit of the rear-top fuselage
insert before joining the fuselage halves. You might need to do a
little trimming or padding.
Classic Airframes has once again broadened the spectrum of available
models. Curtiss' Hawks were an important aircraft in an interesting
stage of US aviation history. It is great to now see them in 1/48 scale.
As I say in all my reviews of Classic Airframes kits, don't expect
this kit to fall together by itself. However, a moderately experienced
modeller will have few difficulties finishing the Hawk. The overall
detail and the finesse of the resin parts should result in a very
handsome model. I am sure it will be more than worth the effort for
dedicated biplane modellers.
Highly recommended to the neglected 1930's biplane modeller!
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
Page Created 21 April, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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