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Curtiss A-8 Shrike

 

Czech Model

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: CM4811
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 31 parts in short-run injected grey styrene; 44 parts in cream-coloured resin; 2 clear parts on a vacform sheet (canopy and spare); decals for two aircraft.
Price: USD$34.97 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Previously unavailable subject; high-quality plastic; good detail; crisply engraved surface features; well-cast resin parts; effective use of multi-media.
Disadvantages: No locating pins or tabs - "butt joins" for large parts
Recommendation: Recommended to modellers with some experience working with short run kits.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


Czech Model's 1/48 scale Curtiss A-8 Shrike is available online from Squadron.com

FirstLook

 

Czech Models continues to release subjects that will likely never see the light of day from mainstream model companies.

The latest 1/48 scale kit from Czech Models is the Curtiss A-8 Shrike. The A-8 Shrike was an advanced, all-metal attack monoplane that entered Squadron service in 1931. The A-8 was powered by a 600 hp in-line engine. The A-12 Shrike with a radial engine was probably more recognisable than this variant, and saw wider service than the 13 A-8s produced.

Czech Models' A-8 is presented on three sprues of satin-textured, injection moulded styrene; 44 parts in cream-coloured resin and a small sheet of clear vacform plastic with two sets of canopies.

 

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The 31 plastic parts look to be the best yet from Czech Models. The parts are crisply moulded with very little flash, panel lines are sharply engraved, and several panels are accurately depicted as raised from the surface. There are some raised ejector pins on the inner surfaces, but these can quickly be despatched with a hobby knife or sprue cutter.

Trailing edges are quite thin, and fabric surfaces on the elevators and rudder are nicely restrained.

The resin parts are in the familiar style of True Details, with good detail, high quality casting and a simple parts breakdown. These resin parts will mostly be destined for the forward and rear cockpits, but a delicately detailed radiator and .30 cal machine gun are also included. The exhaust, with its multitude of hollow stacks, is also extremely well done. A set of bulged resin wheels supplement the plastic versions on the sprues.

 

 

Engineering is typical of limited run kits. There are no locating positions or tabs, so extra care and time will be required to ensure correct alignment and a secure bond, especially for the horizontal tail surfaces. The full-span lower wing will help firmly fix this important join.

Two marking options are included. Both are in Olive Drab with yellow wings.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is another interesting and attractive offering from Czech Models. The relatively small number of parts and sensible engineering makes this kit a candidate for a modeller who wants to try their hand at limited run models.

With suitable preparation and care in alignment and assembly, Czech Models' 1/48 scale A-8 Shrike should deliver a great looking replica of this "Golden Era" attack aircraft.

I do hope that Czech Models continues the theme - I quite like the idea of a Nationalist Chinese-marked A-12 Shrike at some time in the future!

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 16 December, 2003
Last updated 17 December, 2003

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