Vic Ree Hi Justin
How was the build of your Hobbycraft V-22 Osprey go? I have been looking for a review but can't seem to find one, but have read on some forums it was pretty awful.
21. January 2014 at 20:45:52
Justin F Hi Vic, I built this one many moons ago. When I was a teenager in fact. This has just appeared on here because I was going through and updating my stash recently. At the time (late 80s or early 90s) it would have been one of the first kits of the Osprey released - I have no idea what it was based on - I haven't seen Italeri's version. So I'd guess it would have been largely based on conjecture. It had a refuelling probe and a FLIR I think. From memory it was ok, but very little detail. I originally built it wheels down but for some reason I later redid it wheels up. I built it with the ramp down and stuck an MG on it. From memory there wasn't much detail inside. The engine nacelles were made to turn in the kit but the weight of the parts made them swing downward all the time. There was no engine detail at all (e.g the exhausts were just covered over). The decals were poor quality (I never actually applied them) but the cabin transparency was fine. I've still got it but I'm hanging out for the recent Hasegawa release. It would be good to have a proper one in my collection. I'll take another closer look at it and give you some more detail.
22. January 2014 at 02:40:37
Vic Ree Hi Justin
Thanks for the info, I have Italeri one in the stash but a I have seen a Hobbycraft going cheep and wondering if it worth investing.
22. January 2014 at 08:23:12
Justin F Hi Vic, no problem. I'll try and take some photos of it later tonight and add them here. I found a copy of the Italeri instructions on the web and the Italeri looks a whole lot better - full cabin interior, wing-engine joints, engine detail, undercarriage etc is all miles better than the Hobbycraft. If I were you I'd stick with the Italeri. You might have seen this already but there's a few pics of the Hobby Craft parts here that you could compare to your Italeri: gregers.fr.yuku.com/topic/9340/Beanys-V22-Osprey
22. January 2014 at 21:58:19
Vic Ree Thanks Justin, great link, I think I'll keep me pennies for something better.
22. January 2014 at 23:09:08
Justin F Yeah, that's a good idea I think. My camera wasn't charged, so I took some pics using my phone over here: Hobby Craft V-22 Osprey | Album by jkmf73 Unfortunately the kit hasn't coped well sitting out on the shelf and repeated house moves so it was dusty and broken. But I noticed the rear doors were made with a line down the middle - the makers of this kit must have figured they opened out to the side rather than C-130 style. I must have cut the door in half to make it how I did.
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