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Convair R3Y tradewind revell

1 Apr

Convair R3Y tradewind revell,hasegawa models

Kit: Convair R3Y-2 Tradewind Scale: Approximately 1:166 Kit type: Injection moulded Decal options: (one) US Navy UK price: £7.99 Website: www. revell. de

It is 50 years since Lew Glazer set up his company in Venice, California, and started making plastic model kits under the name of Revell. To celebrate this anniversary Revell has taken the step of releasing some of its ‘golden oldies’, complete with original box art, instructions and decals, and the Convair R3Y-2 Tradewind is just one of the offerings in the aeronautical range. References for this aircraft are in comparatively short supply, but I would suggest Steve Ginter’s book, number 34 in the Naval Fighters series (ISBN 0-942612-34-5), as a good all-round reference, or you can trawl the internet.

This particular kit hails from the era when model components were scaled to fit the box, rather than adhere to any recognised scale. As a result the model is one of those awkward, in-between, children. In addition, although claimed to have been, like all Revell kits of the era, ‘scaled from official prints’, it is covered with a myriad of rivets and raised insignia positions.
I would suggest that you start by gently sanding off all these raised surface excrescences, which will then leave the majority of the fuselage panels nicely understated. The control surfaces can then be well delineated as scribed lines. Once this is completed assembly is quite straightforward, with the wing and fuselage halves being cemented together and allowed to set before everything is mated up.
The tailplane fits into a slot in the fuselage, and this, to the credit of the original tool-makers, requires no filler. The nose is provided as an optional open or closed item, with beaching ramps provided for the former. If you opt for the closed position you will need some filler to smooth the joint, and a little filler is also required around the wing/ fuselage joint. Watch the dihedral here, or you may find that the angle is not equal for both wings. With no cockpit transparencies, the windows do require some trimming with a sharp scalpel to remove a little flash and square them up. Clean up and attach the floats, and the airframe is ready for a coat of primer, to highlight any defects and prepare the surface for its topcoat of Gloss Sea Blue. This was the finish for all Tradewinds built. The propeller assemblies just need a little gentle trimming and they are then also ready for painting as per the instructions.
The kit-provided decals are true to the original issue, and are basic but accurate, although I do have doubts about the pelican motif on the fin. I am, however, less than happy about some inconsistencies between the detail painting notes and the box art. The former indicate that the de-icing boots are grey, rather than the more usual black, although one photograph does back this. The box art indicates the wing walkway outlines in red, while photographs indicate white. The decals provide nothing for this last item.
I finished the model with a nod to ‘scale effect’ in that I gave it a satin finish, rather than the full gloss of the prototype, and created glazing in the cockpit area with Kristal Klear.

If you only stick to conventional scales with your model building then this kit is not for you, but if you want to kick back and have a little fun, it is easy to construct, and actually looks good when finished, and it does not look too out of scale in a 1:144 collection. Congratulations to Revell for reaching its half-century, and thanks to it for re-releasing and providing us with a piece of pure nostalgia.

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