Airfix 1/72 Auster Antarctic
|Scott Van Aken|
Thanks to Malaya Wrecks Research Group for that historical background.
To my knowledge, this is the first reissue of the 'Antarctic' boxing of this kit since it came out in the header bag back in the 1960s (or maybe even the 50s). That kit was molded in yellow, whereas this one is in the standard grey. Though I've seen it released as a standard AOP 6, I've not owned it so am curious to know if the floats and skis were included. As with all these classic kits, there is no interior per se, only a fuel tank and a pilot figure for the cockpit. Being a light plane, there is no rivet detail. The wing ribs are simply strips of raised detail so those wishing to sand them off will find they can do a pretty good representation of the usually taught canvas found on these plane. The only real option is the choice of wheels, skis or floats. With a minimal pars listing, construction should be quick. One thing I found on my kit (and this is getting to be the norm with me and Airfix) is that the prop blades were broken off one side and badly bent on the other!
Instructions are the standard drawings in three construction steps with separate steps showing either the wheels, skis, or floats. Markings are provided for two aircraft. One is a standard AOP.6 from 1912 flight in Germany during 1952 in a wraparound Dark Earth and Dark Green (though I suppose it might be a gloss finish?). The other is one of the Auster T.6 'Antarctic' versions in overall trainer yellow. Decals are well printed and rather matte, looking a lot like the standard Airfix/Heller offering.
It is nice to see this kit back on the shelves again. Yes, it is definitely old world technology on the detailing, but I'm sure someone will come up with a cockpit set for it; in etched brass if nothing else. Until then, be glad it is available again and enjoy it.
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