ProModeler 1/72 Spitfire Vb
|PRICE:||$15.98 when new|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
This is basically a reboxing of the Revell AG kit. It has a 'made in Poland' label in with the kit. Typical of most of the ProModeler line, a good kit for the time (1997) was chosen. Engraved panel lines and generally very nice detailing are evident. The cockpit is well appointed for the scale and should please most builders.
The Spitfire is a pretty basic airframe so there isn't a lot of fiddly stuff. Some of the fiddly bits are separate upper and lower wing cannon bulges as well as optional standard or clipped wing tips. No separate control surfaces on this one. Nor can the canopy be posed open as you are provided a one-piece version. The clear plastic is a bit thick so no need to spend a lot of additional time on spiffying up the cockpit.
Instructios are superb with photos from extant aircraft on nearly every construction step. One thing I notices is that the photos of the elevators show the later versions and not the early ones worn by the Spit V. Minor point for sure. Markings are for three planes. One is for the Wing Commander of the Polish Wing at Northolt in 1941. Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky camouflage. Second is the box art plane with the 107th Reconnaissance Squadron in June of 1943. This is in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Sky though the box art shows it in what looks like the desert scheme. Finally, in the midwar camo is a 402 Squadron aircraft. Decals are nicely printed.
This kit may be 20 years old, but it is still a
nice representation of the Spit V. It can be found quite easily from a variety
of sources and is worth picking up and building.
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