Glenn . Nice little kit but still the engraving is a little deep! but much better than the Merlin models offer!
8. March 2013 at 01:58:08
Mike Grant Cheers Glenn, I've not seen the kit over here in Canada yet. I like the colourful schemes, guess I'll have to live with the panel lines.
8. March 2013 at 02:41:26
Pierre-Christian Baudru I'm building this one Mike, and that's an easy kit to build. Well detailed from the box but you can also add some extra details in the cockpit and sand a little bit the lines to the 72 scale. I will do a Chiliean one. I hope Eduard works on the masks for this kit soon.
8. March 2013 at 08:54:11
Mike Grant Thanks for the info P-C; one of these will be on my next Hannants order.
Bernd Korte I like it! The panel lines are more prominent than what you would expect from eg a Special Hobby kit, but I would not say they are too heavy. The only disadvantage that I found so far is the flat instrument panel that does not show any detail but needs a decal. I'd say this kit is already a bargain when you pay the standard Airfix price. Also, the clear parts are bagged separately!
16. February 2013 at 16:39:28
Bill Gilman I have also read that the clear parts are very thin, and exceptionally clear. What do you think?
16. February 2013 at 18:29:35
Bernd Korte Now that you mention it - they look in fact quite thin and clear. And it's a multi part canopy so you can build it in the open position.
Burkhard D Well detailed, nice decals. Good value for the money.
But the panel lines still have this toyish look and I can stick with my 1970s Airfix kits if I feel the urge to fill sinkmarks along the whole length of a flap.
3. February 2013 at 14:33:21
Stefan Schneider Got the CMR one in my stash and I am still not sure if I will buy the Airfix one. Even if it is much cheaper.
3. February 2013 at 17:20:53
Bill Gilman Not so sure the panel lines are a problem. When I compare my new Airfix Spitfire 22 and Skyhawk against the photos in the Britmodeller reviews, they don't look the same. The BM photos always make the panel lines look wider and deeper than they really are. The lighting used in the photos always has an effect, and the close-up photos are magnified significantly so it's natural that they would look larger. I don't mind the panel lines being deeper, for me this is better than the Hasegawa lines that disappear completely under a few coats of paint. Several of the people who posted comments in the BM review stated that the panel lines look much better in real life. I'll hold my judgement until I can fondle one in person.
Burkhard D Agreed. Panel lines get exaggerated due excessive sharpening and contrast in photoshop.
I'm sure someone is going to take this kit to the next club meeting in two months. I'll have a look...
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