CMR, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMR No. 5098 Seafire F.46
|Contents and Media:
||43 cream coloured resin parts; 2 vac-formed clear canopies; decals for
3 aircraft; A4 sized double-sided instruction sheet with four build
diagrams and 3 A5 sized pages of paint/decal drawings.
(available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed inside and out,
beautifully cast with fine surface detail; fairly manageable casting
blocks; high-quality decals
||Highly Recommended to all
by Brett Green
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Recently, CMR has raised the bar for the quality of 1/72 scale resin
kits. Their new Seafire 46 kit maintains this remarkable standard.
The kit is all-resin except for the vacformed canopy. Two of these
are supplied in case of slip-ups with the hobby knife.
The parts are superbly cast with crisp, finely recessed surface
detail. Interior detail is equally good.
The wing is particularly noteworthy, being a single-piece casting
with cannon bulges, ejector ports and deep wheel wells all cast in
place. Trailing edges are admirably thin, and the large casting is not
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The fuselage halves are already separated from their casting blocks,
but some cleanup of surrounding resin flash and thinning of the top of
the fin will be required. This should be a fairly straightforward task.
The wings should be equally fast to remove from the two strips of resin.
A few more minutes cleaning the flash from the leading edge, and these
major components will be ready for assembly.
Smaller parts are packed securely in separate compartments of a
plastic bag. These are as impressively cast and as well detailed
as the wings and fuselage.
All control surfaces are cast in neutral positions, but the bottom of
the rudder (incorporating the tail hook) is a separate part.
Markings are supplied for three late Seafires finished
in a choice of either Extra Dark Sea Grey Over Sky or Extra Dark Sea
Grey and Slate Grey over Sky. The decals are perfectly in register and
appear to be very thin.
Resin tends to be a less forgiving medium to work with
than polystyrene, but the relatively simple parts breakdown and superb
quality will make this kit ideal for the modeller who wants to try their
first all-resin kit.
This is a gorgeous kit of an attractive and interesting
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 26 September, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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