|KIT:||Anigrand 1/72 C-17A Globemaster III|
|KIT #:||AA 2077|
|NOTES:||resin with metal landing gear|
The Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) C-17 Globemaster III is an American strategic airlifter manufactured by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Operators include the the United States Air Force, British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Canadian Forces Air Command. NATO also has plans to acquire the C-17. The C-17 Globemaster III takes its name from two previous heavy lifter aircraft, the C-74 Globemaster and the C-124 Globemaster II.
The 1/72 Model Census put online petitions out for the C-17 to be kitted several years ago, and mine was one of the first signatures to be added. When I heard that Anigrand, whose kits I had been following for a year or two thanks to so many of Steve Van Aken's reviews, I was excited. I began saving up in preparation for my first Anigrand order. I can't tell you how great it is that Anigrand is making these big birds. I hope they keep going, maybe with the big Antonovs or a C-5? I'm game!
The fuselage comes with the same kind of fore and aft fuselage interlocking feature seen on the C-124 Globemaster II and XF-12 Rainbow kits. The fuselage also has internal bracing to give it even more rigidity. The wings are molded as top and bottom halves, to which you add the flap hinge fairings, pylons, and wing tip extensions. There are also two large parts for the main gear housing both port and aft, which can of course be displayed gear up or gear down. The main and nose landing gear chasses are metal, with resin wheels. The vertical fin and high tail planes are molded separately, as whole parts. The wings, tail planes, and fin attach by molded pins that are roughly 1/8 in diameter. Test fitting and sanding will be required to get a good clean fit, as my first attempt to test fit the fuselage discovered that the pins were a little off, so some adjusting may be needed. The fuselage halves joined is just over 28 inches long, with a wingspan of about 28 or 29 inches as well. Total length is probably around 32 inches from the tips of the tailplanes to the nose.
The engines come in six pieces each, with the top and bottom of the nacelles, inlet fans, exhaust nozzle, and a wing spoiler on each side. The inlet fans have the 'standard' look to them, not unlike you would see in, say a inlet fan on a Hasegawa A-10 or something similar, though more sanding will be required here too. In fact, I see the engines as being a lot of work because my kit has one nacelle that looks like an extra blob of resin might have stowed away on it.
The cockpit is rudimentary, and there will be a seam from the windshield bottom basically enclosing the general outline of the cockpit area, as the canopy includes all of that area. I suppose it makes it easier for working on the cockpit with any scratch-built detailing you may add to it, and does give a larger part to mask than just the windows themselves. The cockpit comes with two pilot seats, side consoles for both seats, two control sticks, instrument panel, center console, and two loadmaster seats. All these parts are plain in appearance, especially the control sticks. Given the size of the windows, you may be able to see into the cockpit pretty well. No decals for the cockpit are included.
In terms of the quality of my kit's casting, I would say that I have been luckier than most. I see several issues that will require my attention, but none that even my intermediate level skills can't handle, albeit with care and attention to detail. I see bubbles on the gear housings on both sides, behind the front landing gear opening, in the cockpit, wing edges, and right at the tail of my fuselage, though those bubbles should be invisible once painted, so long as I don't get too aggressive with the sand paper. My vertical fin and tail planes need some sanding, but are remarkably bubble free. I am even luckier when it comes to breakage. Only some of the internal fuselage ribs were broken, perhaps due to the landing gear being stored in there, and then shaken around over its long journey. None of the smaller pieces, like the flap hinge fairings and engine nacelle wing spoilers seem to have suffered any damage.
I took a photo of the big parts with a measuring tape so you could get an idea of the size of this kit.
Not being an expert builder, yet, this kit will remain in my growing collection until I feel ready for it. However, I had to get it now, as they report there are only going to be 250 made. I don't know if that is all they cast or not, but I wanted to make sure one of them was in my garage.
The markings are for one aircraft, a C-17 marked as 90058 from the 62nd Air Wing, out of McChord AFB, Washington. Needless to say, that was a nice bonus for me! The fuselage is listed as 'blue grey' overall with black on the de-icing panels. The interior is 'mid grey' with light blue cushions on the pilot seats. My only complaint about the scheme is it seems like Anigrand cut a corner with the banner on the tail, requiring you to paint on the yellow green banner and the top and bottom black strips. The decal for McChord is only in black and white, as are all the other decals, save for a pair of American flags for the tail that are spot on register, and making the oversight of the banner that much more confounding, given that it is a nearly $200 kit.
If you can still find one, buy it. Don't hesitate, or you will be buying it on Ebay later for many times the original price. You will need to reserve a decent amount of shelf space, but with decent skills and some experience in resin, you will have a centerpiece for your collection.
Wikipedia, English version: C-17
This kit was courtesy of my wallet, purchased from Anigrand USA.
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