Kopro/KP 1/72 Piper L-4H
The Piper Cub (or Grasshopper) is a well-known light plane that served
in all kinds of roles and all kinds of places from 1937 onwards. Many are still
flying today. More than 19,000 were built, and during World War II, a Cub was
built every twenty minutes.
The Kopro website says Grasshoppers were "used extensively for
reconnaissance, transporting supplies and medical evacuation in all theaters of
World War II".
"L-4s were also sometimes equipped with lashed-on infantry bazookas for
ground attack. Mechanically identical to the J-3, the military versions were
equipped with large Plexiglas windows extending over the top of the wing and
behind the rear-seat passenger, and the side windows were enlarged.
"Nearly 5,700 L-4s were produced for the U.S. Army and 250 for the U.S.
Navy as 'elementary trainers'.
is a simple kit from the Kopro stable. It must be quite old though it is still
on their website as a current listing. It's small, and has raised detail (panel
lines and discrete rivets on the window frames). Detail isn't really that great
(for example the engine cylinders are pretty soft) but it does come with a seat,
stick, panel and rudder pedals as well as the internal framework in the cabin
Two floats and their associated bits round off this basic kit. The clear
parts are pretty clear and all in all it is a neat kit of the older generation.
Decals are for two versions - a USAF plane in white, with red wing tips
or a Polish plane SP-AFY in overall silver and with big red crosses on it.
SP-AFY seems to be a "warbird" now, painted up in WW2 US markings.
I have not had much joy with older generation Kopro decals, so I will be
interested to see how these go. I understand current Kopro kits have better
decals, and indeed they are putting out decal sheets these days, some of which
have been reviewed right here on MM.
A quirky little plane, nicely moulded by Kopro. It won't be up to modern
Hasegawa standards, but even basic skills will be fine to get a nice model out
of this. I'm looking forward to building it.
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