FAA models in 1/72 scale kit review ? modelling report
Supermarine Attacker , carrier based fighter bomber ,
This kit originates from Frog but was copied by Novo. The kit I used here was obtained from the USSR, the origin not being readable in cyrillic. It has kit number I-330 and I think it is the NOVO kit though.
Rob told me
that the cyrrillic text probably means: " Fabrika Igrushek" in "Donyetsk"
. DFI purchased many Frog moulds, including the one numbered U-3542
for the Attacker
of the Supermarine Attacker
The FB.1 was used as a fighter-bomber with rockets below the wing. The FB.2 has a updated engine. Not more than a 100 Attackers would eventually be built for the Fleet Air Arm.
had a very brief FAA career taken out of first-line service in 1954. Between
1952-53 about thirty Attackers were sold to the Pakistan Air Force and
these were operated until 1960.
the kit was straight forward with some small corrections. Inside the intake
I added a piece of card to prevent see "through". Some filler is needed
in areas. Cockpit will be detailed with some sprue and card later on. After
assembly, some panellines were engraved and the model sanded smooth.
See note below about the tail plane!
After a light grey checking coat, the Attacker got its Dark Sea Grey and Sky coats with an airbrush. The lower details can be seen here, with new gear doors and the canon barrels added. The aft double wheels were obtained from the spares box. Also not the small antennas and pitot tube.
The front windscreen needs some filling and adjustment. White glue is used for that.
I got some information from Sten from Sweden regarding the Attacker. Thank you Sten!
The kit can be improved in several areas, but the most noticeable is especially that the stabilizer tail plane span should be increased by 2x5 mm. I cut off the stabilizer tips and replaced them with thin card sanded in shape.
I will finish painting later on and will add trim tab etc. Tail plane was fitted with small trim tabs and a small light was fitted on top of the exhaust pipe.
Also, small intake scoops were added made from some card on top of the fuselage. The exhaust pipe got a small tube cut off from and old bomb.
some details in the cockpit.
|The model of the Supermarine Attacker
was now to be decalled after it got a gloss coat of Johnson Clear varnish.
I used also DACO decal setting fluid in certain areas, the decals conforming
very well to the underlying surface.
The FAA aircraft depicted was the
Attacker serial WZ294 / code ST of NAS 1831, stationed at RNAS Stretton,
UK in 1955. Modeldecal set 56 provides
the decals of the plane. The decals have their glue coating coming off.
Use plenty of water to get rid of the glue and use newly applied water
dilutable glue in stead.
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