Fairey Barracuda Mk.II
S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||79 parts in grey styrene; 11 in
clear styrene; 23 parts in light grey-coloured resin. Decal sheet
with three marking options. 10 pages of instructions
GBP£27.50 (in the European Union)
GBP£23.40 (outside EU)
||First injection moulded kit of
the type in 1/48 scale; crisp engraved detail; nice quality clear
parts; excellent resin details; appropriate use of multi-media (eg
PE antennae etc.
||Three-part canopy limits
options for displaying open; no ordnance.
||Recommended for experienced
Reviewed by Brett Green
The 1/48 scale Special Hobby Fairey Barracuda is now available in the
UK, just in time for the IPMS Nationals at Telford.
This is the first injection moulded release of this big torpedo bomber
in 1/48 scale.
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale Barracuda Mk.II comprises 79 parts in grey
styrene, 11 clear parts; 23 crisply cast resin pieces, a photo-etched fret
and markings for three aircraft.
The plastic parts are well moulded. Panel lines are crisp and finely
engraved, while the fabric rendering on control surfaces is particularly
subtle - very nice indeed. Various lumps and scoops are moulded onto the
forward fuselage too. I thought that the depiction of flying surfaces may
have been a little too subtle. I'll probably rescribe the lines for the
ailerons, rudder and elevators. I could only find one minor sink marks on
exterior surfaces, but there are a large number of raised ejector pin
marks on the inside surfaces of parts that might interfere with fit if
they are not removed prior to assembly.
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Multi-media parts are used to terrific effect. The three-crew cabin is
beautifully detailed with resin and photo-etched parts. Surprisingly, the
instrument panel is a single injection moulded plastic part, but it is
well detailed too.
Wings are supplied in top and bottom halves for the port and starboard
sides. Trailing edges are quite thin but they could probably benefit from
some sanding. The wings are very substantial parts, and there are no slots
or other locating aids. I strongly recommend reinforcing the wing join
with a metal spar through the fuselage.
There will be no such problem with the horizontal tailplanes. They slot
onto the front of the fin for a solid fit.
The undercarriage is cleverly engineered to ensure simple alignment of
the complex-looking assembly. The centre section of the lower fuselage is
moulded with the big fuselage undercarriage doors in place. The main gear
legs are actually glued to the bottom of these doors.
The injection moulded canopy is quite clear and moulded in three parts.
Unfortunately, the parts breakdown will still require some cutting if the
pilot's canopy is to be displayed open. I assume the rear section could
simply be left off.
Markings are supplied for three aircraft, all in Dark Slate Grey, Extra
Dark Sea Grey and Sky. One of these options features Pacific markings with
blue and white roundels.
Special Hobby's new 1/48 scale Barracuda Mk.II is an impressive and
well detailed package.
As with all limited run kits, the high quality of the parts does not
always suggest simple construction. However, with time allocated for
preparation and plenty of test fitting, the Barracuda should prove to be a
Thanks to David at
Hannants for the review sample
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