benjaminsummerfield Posted March 3, 2013 Share Posted March 3, 2013 Reposting from my SP&R topic Link to the review http://www.scaleplasticandrail.com/kaboom/index.php/all-things-aviation/132-135-scale/132-kit-reviews/678-132-gloster-sea-gladiator Previously on Bens model bench........ This is my first full resin kit build kindly provided by SP&R, as resin kits go this is the best ive ever seen, the overall quality is better than the limited run boys usually manage, its gonna take alot more prep obviously but its totally accurate and i havent encountered any fit issues at all! Im finishing this as a pre war 802 squadron machine on HMS Glorious, ill be using some custom masks made by AD Astra as the kit decals are probably one of the only areas you can be a bit critical about. Plus the attractive diamonds on the top of the wings are actually yellow not blue as usually depicted. So far ive had to scratch build the cockpit framing as the kit one was too warped and broken to repair. p[ the engine is together save for a few scratch built parts ill add once its inside the cowling, as you can see its very comprehensive, although the Mercury isn't an overly plumbed engine so there isn't much more you could add. i used the collector ring as jig while i added the pistons as the exhaust manifolds need to mate up to this properly The instructions tell you that the wings should have 6mm of dihedral so i taped them flat to the bench and made spacers while they dried, same for the lowers although getting them level was trickier due to the fuselage. I painted the cockpit framing Alclad white aluminium, and above the waist line cockpit green, the cockpit is superb and matches the Mushroom publications book im using as reference perfectly!! Fuselage went together well despite my scratch built cockpit, although one side of the instrument panel needed to be trimmed alot for it to sit right, luckily it wont be visible due to the angle you'll view it from; this is a problem ive read about in other builds of this kit. The main area you can critisize the kit for is the fairy reed prop, it has no aerofoil cross section too it and is warped, also the spinner looks more like a football !! i put the spinner in my Dremel and used a grinding bit to act as a lathe to make it the correct tapered shape, i sanded a rounded edge onto the prop. its still not perfect but a big improvement, will see how it looks under some paint. The wings are now on, starting to look like a Glad now !! Ill update you all soon. Ben. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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