I may have mentioned it before, but aircraft has never been my forte. The last time I built an aircraft kit was in ’95 or so, and it was a Revellogram B-17. It wasn’t really that bad of a model, and I may attempt one again in the future. But, before that, the last plane I built was in the mid-’70s.
The thing I have always disliked about aircraft kits, are the fit problems often associated with curved parts: fuselage halves; wings; canopies. It always seemed back then that seams were always an issue. I didn’t have access to seam filling materials, and when I finally got some, it never really seemed to work out. Raised panel lines (so prevalent back then) don’t lend themselves that well to sanding.
Because of this, I really gravitated to armor models. Usually, if there are curves on an armor kit, they are usually representing a cast component, which generally comes in one piece. Or, if it is a curved portion of the vehicle that is comprised of multiple parts, it is much easier to deal with. Real armor parts are often rough due to casting and it is much easier to fill seams on an armor kit and duplicate a rough texture than the smooth, flowing lines of an aircraft subject.
But, now it has changed. Model kits are engineered much better and fit issues aren’t quite as bad. Plus, with the wealth of information on the interwebs, one can really do some research and find out which kits score, and which kits choke. Which brings me to this post.
I went to the local hobby shop to find a new kit. I wanted another airplane and spotted the Hobby Boss 1/48 scale Ta-152 C-1/R14. The box looked promising, so I got out the trusty smart phone and looked up some reviews on it. Every review I found was very favorable (except one, and boy was that dude wrong!) so I picked it up for about $24.00
I won’t get into the particulars of the real aircraft this is based on other than it is a further advancement of the FW-190 series with the primary intention of high altitude combat.
Here is a photo of the kit box.
Here are the contents.
Next time… the beginning of construction.