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Martin B-57B Canberra

1/144 Scale

 

OzMods

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: OM14408
Scale: 1/144
Contents and Media: 33 parts in low-pressure injected dark grey styrene; 5 parts in salmon-coloured resin; 2 clear parts on a vacform sheet; decals for 2 aircraft.
Price: AUD$29.95 (approx USD$19) plus postage (AUD$7 within Australia; AUD$12 international air mail)
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Good quality plastic; crisp and consistent engraved detail; resin cockpit parts included; good detail for this scale; thoughtful engineering to assist alignment of wings and tail surfaces.
Disadvantages: Slightly scratchy exterior surfaces; a few minor sink marks
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

OzMods' latest addition to their 1/144 scale range is the Martin B-57B Canberra. This is the second of the Canberra family released by OzMods.

The B-57B comprises 33 parts in dark grey, low-pressure injection moulded styrene; plus five resin parts and two parts in clear vacform plastic.

Parts breakdown is similar to the earlier Canberra B.2, but the cockpit tub, seats and control yokes are supplied in salmon coloured resin. The seats and sticks are tiny in this scale, but they are nevertheless nicely detailed and crisply cast, even having harnesses moulded in place.

 

 

Surface detail on the shiny dark plastic parts is by way of finely engraved panel lines. The panel lines are quite crisp and consistent, but the overall surface of my sample suffers from slight scratching and a few tiny lumps on the larger parts. This appears to be a result of the moulding process rather than damage in transit, and will be very easy to eliminate with a few minutes' sanding and polishing.

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Engineering is well thought out for a limited run kit, especially of this small size. The wings are supplied in upper and lower halves, and are attached with the assistance of locating tabs and slots. Ailerons and flaps are moulded with the upper wing halves to keep the trailing edges as thin as possible. However, some further thinning of the trailing edges will be desirable to establish a convincing scale appearance. The horizontal tail is also secured with locating tabs.

The undercarriage may be depicted raised or lowered. Wingtip tanks are provided.

Two vacform parts are supplied are for the canopy (one, plus one spare) Markings are supplied for two aircraft - a US aircraft in SEA colours, and an overall black Pakistani Canberra.

The instructions are simple - a one page exploded view diagram. This is entirely acceptable for such a simple kit.

It is nice to see the relatively neglected subject of the Canberra being developed in 1/144 scale by OzMods. The improved detail in this release via the resin cockpit details is especially welcome.

Recommended.

 

 

Thanks to Greg Anderson from OzMods for the review sample.


OzMods products are available from Australian hobby retail outlets 
or direct from OzMods via their website


Review and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 09 November, 2003
Last updated 09 November, 2003

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