1/48 MPM Avia B.135
|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Vacuform with injected parts|
This is one of early MPM scale models. It comes in a cardboard box with a box art depicting a dark olive drab B-135 parked at dispersal in a Bulgarian airfield. A vac form kit molded in soft white acetate, soft and good quality having fine recessed panel lines. Smaller parts as undercarriage legs, wheels, propeller, cockpit detail parts all come in injected brown plastic. Cockpit was injected. The only clear part was the cockpit canopy, in my example it was vac form in very clear acetate.
Construction starts with sub assembly of the cockpit office consisting of floor cut from backing sheet, rudder pedals, pilot seat, control pillar, ‘A’-frame behind seat and instrument panel. These were assembled and painted. Fuselage and wing halves were cut from backing sheet and treated in same way as previous vac-form construction manner.The area around nose intake interior was built up making it in form of an enclosed compartment as indicated in the instruction sheet and the nose exhaust ports drilled open. Undercarriage leg doors were cut and assembled to the oleos. Some cross frame channels added to wheel well interiors and flaps, which were assembled in lowered position, making ref to drawing provided. Practically no problems whatsoever were encountered and in fact this was a straightforward and quick kit built. The 1/48 scale plans provided proved very useful reference source throughout the assembly.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
The Bulgarian B-135 serving with the advanced fighter training school was painted in similar standard green upper and light blue undersides just like all other trainers serving alongside like Bu-181, Me-108 and Storch. Some reference of the type shows it in 2-tone green upper in order to give it a fighter like appearance but this was all speculative and so I preferred to stick to the instructions. I painted my model in uniform shade of RLM 71 while the underside was Light blue grey RLM 65. Other items like the water cooler intake front, cockpit interior, pilot seat, A-bracket framework behind seat, and part of wheel oleos were all light grey. Decal sheet proved to be good quality and gave no trouble in spite of its age.
This was another enjoyable build in spite that it was not to the scale that I favour. Certainly an interesting model to add to anyone’s collection of WWII types.
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