"In French Service"
Azur, 1/32 scale
S u m m a r y
||Azur kit no.
A045 - H-75A-1/3 Hawk "In French Service"
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 39 clear injection
moulded parts; 38 parts in cream-coloured resin,
1 x colour photo-etched fret; 1 x standard photo-etched
fret; decals for two aircraft.
USD$71.96 available online from Squadron.com
attractive subject; crisp consistent surface detail
(recessed panel lines, subtle fabric detail); highly
detailed cockpit and engine; thin trailing edges; no sink
marks in visible locations; includes resin and coloured
photo-etched parts; excellent thin and distortion free clear
parts; optional spinner hub, windscreen styles, cockpit
parts and machine guns;
high quality decals; separate elevators and rudders; simple
||Some flash to clean up; no locating pins means
previous experience will be helpful.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Azur's 1/32 scale
H-75 is available online from Squadron.com
Special Hobby delivered their 1/32 scale P-36A "Pearl Harbour
Defender" late last year. Now, from the same stable, Azur has
released its 1/32 scale Curtiss H-75A-1/3 Hawk "In French Service".
Azur shares its 114 grey plastic and 15 clear parts with last
year's P-36, but the package has been significantly upgraded with 38 new resin
parts, a larger colour photo-etch fret, a second standard PE fret and markings
for three colourful French Hawks..
The surface features crisp and consistently recessed panel lines with
convincingly subtle fabric texture on control surfaces. Shell ejection
ports are cut all the way through the wing - a nice touch..
The big ejector pins that often plague the inner surfaces of
limited-run kits are rare, and none will interfere with fit or be visible when
the kit is assembled.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The forward fuselage and
engine cowl is moulded as a separate assembly, suggesting that we
will see the short-nosed P-36 / Hawk 75 variants from Special Hobby
some time in the future. Cowl flaps are moulded shut.
There is a little flash to
clean up on some of the parts, notably the undercarriage, but the
story is otherwise very good. There are no sink marks or other
imperfections anywhere on the visible exterior surfaces of the
model. Trailing edges of the wings and tailplanes are sharp.
However, as good as the
moulding is, there are no locating pins so extra time and care will
be required to align the parts perfectly. That nose to fuselage to
wing root join looks especially tricky. I would recommend gluing
some tabs to the inside of the fuselage to assist alignment and
reinforce the join with the nose.
Detail of the kit is very
good. The engine features fine cooling fin detail on the cylinders
and a separate ring of push rods. The only detail wanting is an
ignition harness. In this large scale, the extra work will be well
worthwhile. Engine assembly will be quite straightforward with only
eight parts in total.
The cockpit is
comprehensive. For starters, it is the correct depth, and the basic shapes of
the seat, sidewalls, instrument panel, rudder pedals and rear
bulkhead look accurate. Almost the entire cockpit is fitted out with
resin and photo-etched. The resin is very well detailed, including a
fine seat with a realistic cushion, deep sidewall detail and
authentic instrument panel with the instrument housings protruding
from the back. All this lovely resin is supplemented with parts from
the large pre-painted photo-etch set. Some of these elements include
a harness, instrument panel, rudder assemblies and sidewall details.
Two alternate resin gun
cowls are also included.
Eight additional resin parts are
packed separately for the main
landing gear legs and retraction mechanism.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Rudder and elevators are
supplied as separate parts with photo-etched actuators, but dropped flaps are not an option.
The clear parts are very thin and totally free of
distortion. Although they are not destined for this version, the
clear sprue includes three alternative styles of windscreen.
Navigation lights are also supplied.
Markings are supplied for three aircraft, two in
Armee de L'air service in 1940, and one Vichy machine in service
during 1941. The decals are clear, crisply printed
and in perfect register.
Azur's 1/32 scale H-75A-1/3 Hawk is an
impressive and well-detailed kit.
The additional resin and photo-etched parts
mean that modellers will not have to fork out for after-market
accessories, and the three French markings are certainly very attractive
The lack of locating pins and the nature of
the manufacturing process means that more care will be required to build
this kit than, say, one of Tamiya's offerings. Some previous experience
will certainly be helpful.
Even so, Azur's 1/32 scale H-75A-1/3 Hawk is a classy package that just cries out to be
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 07 July, 2006
Last updated 07 July, 2006
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