Kit: Heinkel He 70G-1 ‘Blitz’ (F-2/170 A) Scale: 1:72
Kit type: Injection moulded Decal options: (three) He 70G-1 DUTIM, 1935; an He 70F-2, Spanish Nationalist Air Force, 1938; He 170A, Royal Hungarian Air Force, 1942
UK price: £3.99 Website: www. revell. de
I believe that I am correct in saying that this kit was first produced by Matchbox, many years ago. Now marketed by Revell, the box is jam packed with three sprues of light grey plastic, one sprue of clear parts, an extremely comprehensive decal sheet and a detailed set of instructions, which at first glance appear to be a bit daunting. However, once you have decided to build the F-2, G-l or radial-engined 170A version, you’ll be able to decipher them. In all, 32 stages are illustrated. The plastic sports some delicate, raised surface detail, while the outlines of the control surfaces are rather prominently recessed.
Construction begins with the cockpit, and a detailed painting guide is included. A decal may be used to represent the instrument panel if you so desire. There are transparencies to be positioned in the fuselage cutouts, but their fit was such that it wasn’t at all snug. I’m also at a loss as to the need for the transparency in the floor for the German passenger-carrying variant. The painting guide shows it without, but the kit makes no provision for the fit of optional parts in this area. The cockpit detail is basic and if the passenger version is built its interior will be conveniently hidden, but if any of the two military versions are built then extra detail will have to be added.
I had trouble with the fuselage joint, but eventually managed to arrange the worst of the step on the underside. Likewise, the cockpit decking needed a great deal of sanding in order to blend it in with its surroundings. The wings come as upper and lower surface halves, and their fit to each other is good. However, the wing to fuselage joint was such that a jig was needed to hold everything in place, followed by a great deal of filling and sanding.
An inline engine with a two-bladed propeller is provided, along with a radial engine and three-bladed propeller. My choice was with the two-bladed propeller. Attaching the forward engine part, via three cowling panels, to the front of the fuselage made me wish that I had a third hand. The result of this exercise was a prominent gap and step between the cowling and the forward part of the fuselage, which also needed a large amount of filler and a great deal of sanding.
The main undercarriage is also basic. The wheel wells are not boxed in, and there’s no detail inside. The rudder comes as a separate item as do the tailplanes, and their fit is good.
An excellent painting and decal guide gives profile and plan views for three aircraft. The decal sheet is packed, while the decals themselves were beautifully thin, and reacted without any problems to the use of the usual solutions.
I really enjoyed this build. So much so, in fact, that I’ve another in the pending pile. Bear in mind that this kit first appeared many years ago, when our expectations were not what they are now, and enjoy this delightful little kit.
Aeroguide Special: TSR.2 Anthony M. Thornborough Ad Hoc Publications £11.99 Website: www. adhocpublications. com
It’s probably not wholly accurate to say that interest in the ВАС TSR.2 has been revived since Airfix announced its kit, as there seems to have been regular evidence of the memory being kept green since its untimely end 40 years ago.
But with the perhaps unexpected success of the Airfix kit, there has been a positive surge of enthusiasm among some sections at least of the modelling community, and not, I gather, solely in Britain. This Aeroguide Special, then, is well timed.
It gives a useful history of the project and the resultant aircraft, and is profusely illustrated not only with archive photographs, of which many will be familiar, but also with specially-taken detail close-ups of XR220 and 222, at Cosford and Duxford, respectively. Eight of the pages are in colour, and although the external finish is reasonably self-evident, the cockpit and ejection seat shots are particularly useful. There are also 1:72 scale plans, and detail drawings of interior arrangements, including the expected reconnaissance pack. There are those of us for whom this aircraft has, for technical, political or even aesthetic reasons become an icon; and whether you’re just interested or planning to build between, say, one and 20 in plain vanilla or more exotic flavours, this book is highly recommended. And it’s very good to see Roger Chesnau’s Aeroguide series back after too long an absence and to see him updating his previous subjects under this new publishing label. A parallel reading of this book and the publisher’s recent Buccaneer title is instructive.
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