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||PD072 - Swoose Goose
||USD$37.96 from Squadron.com
|Contents and Media:
||52 parts in pale cream-coloured
resin and one vac form canopy
||Crisp surface detail; interesting
subject; well cast; considerate engineering (complex dihedral/anhedral
cast into wing parts); good fit of potentially tricky parts.
||Poorly rendered propeller blades
Planet Models is a company based in the Czech Republic that specializes in
the production of short-run resin 1/72 and 1/48 scale aircraft and armour as
well as 1/200 scale submarines. The majority of their aircraft renditions favour
the fans of Luftwaffe '46, with the occasional venture into experimental and
obscure aircraft of other nations. Take a tour of their web-site at and you will
see what I mean: http://www.luft46.com/Planet/catalog.html
The Vultee XP-54 "Swoose Goose" fits in well Planet Models' usual
subject theme. The XP-54 was an experimental single-engined pusher-type, twin
boomed all metal, gull-winged monoplane designed to be employed by the USAAF as
a fast interceptor using an experimental Pratt & WhitneyX-1800-4AG engine.
Planet Models 1/72 scale rendition of the "Swoose Goose" comprises
52 resin parts and one vac formed canopy.
The resin parts are all crisply cast with the panel lines and other surface
detail represented by petite, sharp scribing that is on a par with mainstream
manufacturers. The vac formed canopy is sharp and clear. The moulding pips
associated with the vacform process are thoughtfully located on top of the frame
lines so that they can be easily removed without marring the clear portions.
There were only five pinholes in my sample, which I thought was pretty good
in a kit comprising of 52 resin parts! I wasn't too perturbed about these
pinholes though as they were all located in areas that can be easily filled and
sanded without destroying the surrounding detail.
The resin parts consist of two fuselage halves with associated detail parts;
the nose wheel interior tub, cockpit side consoles, instrument panel (devoid of
any detail unfortunately) pilot's seat, rear bulkhead, turtledeck,
spectacle-shaped control wheel, four propeller blades, a mounting block for the
spinner, spinner back plate and the spinner itself. The majority of these parts
are excellent with the tiny control wheel standing out as a triumph in the art
of resin casting.
The same however cannot be said of the propeller blades. Each of the four
blades is of a different chord, length and shape. Given the quality of the other
parts of this kit and the attention to detail by the folks at Planet Models I am
surprised at this shortcoming.
The wings are supplied in three separate pieces. The gull-wing shape is set
as part of the one-piece lower wing. The upper wings are cast as two pieces,
which also incorporate the required anhedral/dihedral. The detail parts include
the wheel well bays with pre-drilled locating holes for the undercarriage legs,
and the forward facing radiator faces.
The rear fuselage/flying surfaces consist of four separate pieces to make the
booms, which incorporate built-in fairings for the horizontal and vertical
stabilizers, the vertical stabilizers themselves and a single piece horizontal
stabilizer. When I first saw the pieces for the booms I feared that they would
not align with the moulded-in fairings on the trailing edges of the wings.
Thankfully, my fears were unfounded and the whole assembly simply slotted
together perfectly. I would however recommended that short lengths of brass
tubing be first glued into the rear of the wings and that the completed booms be
slid onto these tubes so as to aid the alignment and to add rigidity to this
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The remaining pieces include the landing gear legs with separate torque
links, wheels, wheel well doors, a petite pitot tube and a blade antenna.
The instruction sheet consists of four A-4 sized pages with clear drawings
illustrating the construction sequence. A painting guide for the minor details
is included in both Czechoslovakian and English throughout the construction
phase with a full-page being devoted to the painting/decal placement guide for
aircraft's external finish.
Decals are by Propagteam and provide for both the first and second
prototypes and include options so that the modeller can depict either of
the two aircraft at any time during their development.
The kit comes packed in a thin cardboard box with the resin pieces
packed into a continuous plastic bag that has been heat crimped into
separate compartments to prevent the parts moving and rubbing against each
other, simple but effective.
All up, a very nice kit. Sure, you have to use your modelling skills to
complete this kit but there is nothing too difficult here. Well and truly worth
the effort which will result in a unique model of a unique aircraft.
Thanks to Squadron for the
Models' 1/72 scale "Swoose Goose" is available online from
Review Copyright © 2000 by Rodger
Page Created 27 April, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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