Miniatures' 1/48 scale Super-Mystere
online at Squadron.com
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||Stock No. FN6016
|Contents and Media:
||62 limited-run injection plastic parts;
12 white metal parts; 6 resin parts; 2 vacform; 1 fret of photo-etched
USD$41.96 from Squadron.com
||The only 1/48 Super-Mystere
available; effective and appropriate use of multi-media; very nicely
detailed resin cockpit; robust and detailed white-metal landing gear;
spare vacform canopy supplied; boxed-in wheel wells.
||Modelling skills required: rough surface texture on plastic parts; butt-join for wings
and tailplane to fuselage..
||Recommended to experienced
The Dassault SMB-2 Super-Mystere was the first aircraft
produced in Western Europe to acheive supersonic performance. Its
flattened snout and sleek lines are more than reminiscent of it
contemporary, the American F-100 Super Sabre. Performance was similar too.
Considering the significance of this aircraft, it is
perhaps surprising that we have not seen a Super-Mystere kitted in 1/48
scale styrene before.
Fonderie Miniature's new 1/48 scale Super-Mystere is a limited-run,
multi-media kit. The kit comprises 62 low-pressure injection moulded
parts, 6 resin parts and 12 pieces in white metal. The canopy is
provided as a vacform part, and a spare is supplied. Markings for two
schemes are also included.
The bulk of the kit is styrene. The plastic parts feature
consistent engraved detail, but most of the parts display a rough,
slightly uneven texture. However, the problem is not as pronounced as the
orange-peel texture on earlier Fonderie Miniatures releases. Ragged flash is present on most parts. Sanding and polishing
will be required to address these problems, especially if the natural
metal French marking option is chosen. The wing
trailing edges look quite thin, but the slab-like wing halves are moulded
solid so sanding on a flat block will be advisable prior to assembly.
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The fuselage interior includes shallow alignment marks for the
cockpit, but reinforcement of major joins is left to the modeller. The
broad, swept wings are simply butt-joined to the fuselage sides. These
critical joins will certainly need reinforcement with metal rod or wire to
ensure a permanent bond.
The cockpit tub, seat, nose wheel well and wheels are all supplied in
resin. All the resin parts are perfectly cast in a shiny cream coloured
material. There does appear to be one large resin part missing from my
sample - the instrument and gunsight cluster. The seat features a padded
backrest, while the nosewheel features hollow lightening holes. Plastic,
metal and etched parts are added to the cockpit for the instrument panel, rudder and
photo-etched fret is small but impressive. It includes the instrument
panel, side consoles, harness sections, tailpipe detail and some smaller
parts. These details will add real finesse to the finished model.
The undercarriage is supplied in white metal. This media
will ensure maximum strength plus a measure of adjustment after the legs
are secured to the fuselage. The white metal parts are nicely detailed -
they should look great after the customary clean-up.
The canopy is supplied as a vacform part. This is quite
thin and clear. A spare is provided in case of mishaps while the canopy is
being removed from its backing.
Instructions and marking instructions are supplied on
three double-sided sheets of A4 paper using exploded view drawings. The
drawings and the sequence of assembly are fine, but identification of the
parts is more complicated than average because parts are not labelled with
numbers, and the instructions do not even note whether a part is plastic,
resin, metal or brass.
Two sets of markings are supplied, one for a French Super-Mystere
in natural metal, and a camouflaged Israeli bird.
Fonderie Miniature must be congratulated for producing
this significant kit. If you build 1/48 scale models and are a fan of
post-war French aviation, this is the only game in town!
However, modelling skills will definitely be required to
build this model. In
particular, prior experience will be necessary to adequately clean up the
plastic parts, reinforce the major joins and achieve perfect alignment of the
wing and stabilizer angles.
Patience, planning and plenty of test-fitting will be the best
formula for approaching this model.
The inclusion of the very good resin, brass and metal
pieces will lift the finished product to a high standard if adequate
preparation and effort is applied. So, if you have some experience
with limited-run multi-media kits, FM's 1/48 scale Super-Mystere should be
a challenging but rewarding experience!
Thanks to Squadron.com
for the review sample
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 07 July, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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