was really pleased to receive this. It looks very cleanly moulded,
has panel lines that are probably a bit overdone for the scale, but
if you're worried you can probably fill them a bit. For a resin kit
- and this is only my second one ever - it seems to be well made and
hopefully will go together without too much stress. The surface
seems smooth and hopefully won't require too much extra effort.
The Nimrod has two fuselage halves with a little opening where the
cockpit is. The floor is built in and there are two seats but that's
it - it's 1/144 so this is no less than you'd get from an injection
moulded kit of a plane of similar size. You can't open the weapons
bay (without surgery, that is). There is a transparent bubble for
the wing-mounted searchlight.
The Nimrod looks great but Anigrand's wonderful practice of adding
"secret" kits to the packages in their "Huge-Bird Collection" real
adds value to the (admittedly fairly pricey) box. The Merlin HC.3
chopper is great, nicely moulded and with fine rotor detail. The
other two little kits are cool too - a twin prop Britten Norman
Islander with optional radar bubble nose, and the P.1185 supersonic
Harrier (aka AV-16A). The latter is really cool - a very obscure
aircraft design (it never flew) which was planned to upgrade/replace
the regular Harrier. See the links in references to see the original
patent filed in 1982 to protect the various technology upgrades
(notably a special door that enabled the airflow to facilitate VTOL,
at the same time as the engine could get the plane to Mach 1+). It
comes with a pair of twin rail Sidewinders with very petite fins,
and bizarrely a pair of Red Top missiles (these were early British
heat seekers used on Sea Vixen and Lighting which, I believe, were
not in the same league as the Sidewinder, especially by the 1980s).
Note that the little kit seems to have drawn from the patent
diagrams; there are other renderings on the internet that look
You could probably use the twin Sidewinders on your Nimrod too, as
seen in the Falklands War.
Decals are very basic and there are not really any instructions on
how to use them. Actually, I am a bit confused by the decal sheet,
so much so that I thought I'd been given the wrong sheet (I checked,
I hadn't). It has a tiny XV236 Nimrod serial, so small you need a
magnifying glass to see it (but it is there). Other than "hemp" for
the Nimrod and generic colours for the others there aren't really
very useful painting instructions either. But if you're making a
resin Nimrod from Anigrand, this isn't your first day in the hobby.
Chances are you can find a few pictures on the internet and work out
how to deal with the decals.
To save you the hassle I've linked a few relevant ones below.
So far as I know this is the only 1/144 Nimrod readily available.
I'm convinced it's the only Islander Defender and P.1185, though I
bet Revell has done, or will do, a Merlin. It looks to me like a
beginner to resin kits could get this done. Practice first on the