Avro Anson Mk.I
& Late Export Versions
Classic Airframes, 1/48
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||4118 - Avro Anson Mk.I Late Version
4119 - Avro Anson Mk.I Late Version Export
|Contents and Media:
51 parts in grey styrene; 68 parts in cream colored
resin; 15 clear injection molded parts; printed clear
acetate sheet (instruments); instructions; decal sheet and
painting guide for seven aircraft (New Zealand, South Africa,
Finland, and four RAAF).
from Hannants from GBP£31.91
First time available as an injection-moulded kit
in this scale;
large and impressive; excellent surface detail including
very nice fabric texture, high quality plastic moulding;
thin, clear, cleverly designed and separately packed clear parts; impressively detailed resin parts; interesting and varied marking choices.
Some modelling experience helpful for preparing
resin parts; a bit of flash present; a little extra time required for alignment and perfect fit.
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Anson Mk.I is available online from Squadron.com
The Avro Anson was derived from the civilian Model
652 transport aircraft. In 1936, the Anson earned the distinction of
being the both the first monoplane and the first type with retractable
undercarriage in RAF service. The Anson initially performed the
anti-submarine and reconnaissance roles, but was relegated to navigation
and gunnery training duties as the war progressed. Perhaps its most
important responsibility was as the nursery to new pilots and aircrew
throughout the Commonwealth under the Empire Air Training Scheme.
Despite its important role in the Second World War
and beyond, and a total production run in excess of 10,000 examples, the
Avro Anson is a sadly neglected subject in styrene. Before now, there
has not been a single injection-moulded Anson kit in 1/48 scale, and
only the Airfix Mk.I in 1/72. Classic Airframes' new series of Anson kits is
therefore a real breath of fresh air to RAF and Commonwealth aviation
The early version Anson Mk.I was released back in
July. The two kits covered in this review represent the late version of
the Anson Mk.I. The main difference between these versions was that the
windscreen of the late version was less sharply raked (ie, the front was
fixed at a more vertical angle.
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale late Mk.I Avro Anson kits
comprises 51 parts in grey styrene; 68 parts in cream colored resin; 15 clear injection molded parts; instructions; plus a decal sheet and painting guide.
Plastic parts are moulded to the same very high
standard as the early Mk.I. The surface
of these plastic parts has a satin texture. There are no moulding imperfections on
any of the exterior surfaces. The surface texture mostly represents
fabric, and it is very well done. I especially like the restrained
approach adopted on the fuselage and fin. Where appropriate, panel lines are crisply recessed
consistent while other structural features stand proud of the fabric
surface. The overall effect is quite convincing.
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Resin parts are very nicely detailed. The bulk of these details are
for the cockpit, including extensive framing inside the fuselage, but
the undercarriage bays, wheels, engines and characteristic nacelles are
also supplied in resin.
The high level of detail in the cockpit is justified by its
visibility inside the large fuselage windows. Classic Airframes supplies
seats, navigator's table, radio gear, dickie seat next to the pilot and
cushion for a prone observer in the nose. The turret is a mini-model in
its own right, with 13 parts in grey plastic, resin and clear.
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Some of the parts are cast onto fairly stout blocks so a combination of a
good razor saw and caution will be required when preparing these resin
Clear parts are well moulded and distortion free - very important for
this glasshouse canopy and fuselage. The windscreen is moulded to part
of the forward fuselage, which will make painting easier. The long
windows for the rear cabin are also moulded as an integral part of the
mid-upper fuselage, adding strength and also minimizing the risk of
smudging these clear parts with glue during painting.
Options include glazed or partially covered nose cone, turret or
faired-over fuselage, leading-edge landing lights and various avionics
alternatives (aerials, DF loop, astrodome etc). Control surfaces are moulded in place, with separate photo-etched hinges and actuators.
The only omission appears to be the clear-covered DF "football"
required for one of the options in the Export kit, so you'll have to
source that from your spares box.
The kit is broken down conventionally - fuselage halves, wing halves
etc - but there are no locating pins or tabs. Sprue
attachment points are narrow, but there is a fair bit of flash on some
of the smaller parts.
The shape of the model looks accurate compared to published plans and
Decals for both kit releases are printed in perfect register, and colours
4118 - Avro Anson Mk.I Late Version Markings
Three marking options are supplied for kit number 4118:
500 Sqn RAF, Delting UK circa June
1940, finished in Dark Green, Dark Earth and Aluminium
Royal Canadian Air Force circa 1942,
with large yellow panels on the wings and fuselage, plus yellow
Royal Canadian Air Force, circa 1942,
finished in overall Trainer Yellow.
4118 - Anson Mk.I Late
Export Version Markings
Four marking options are offered:
Turkish Air Force 1940 in Dark Green
upper surfaces, Sky Blue lower surfaces and red rudder
5 SFTS RAAF, Uranquinity, NSW, circa
1945 in overall Yellow
RAAF Survey Flight circa 1946 in
Greek Air Force, Africa, circa 1941
in Dark Gree, Dark earth and Black undersurfaces.
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Anson is an impressively detailed kit
of one of the neglected workhorses of the Second World War. With a recommended price of USD$55.00,
it is quite a bargain too, especially considering the very high resin
The relatively small number of plastic parts belie the complexity of
the kit. You will need experience before tackling this project
due to the extensive use of resin and the lack of locating pins.
However, with care and plenty of test-fitting, Classic Airframes' Anson
should not present much more of a challenge than most other twin-engine
You won't have to spend a cent on after-market accessories though,
thanks to the very high level of detail in the cockpit, and the ample
I finished the early version Anson earlier this year (pictured
below), and it was a pleasure to build.
The only significant difference compared to this new kit is the
forward canopy/windscreen, so the experience should be the same when
building these new Anson kits. With adequate time spent on preparation
and alignment, you will have an accurate, well-detailed and attractive
model of an Avro Anson in your collection.
Highly Recommended to experienced modellers.
Classic Airframes for
the review sample.
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