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Felixstowe F.2A
Early Version 


Roden 1/72

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Felixstowe F.2A “early version”  Kit No.019
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 236 parts in injection moulded plastic; markings for four aircraft
Price: USD$19.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: well researched, superb moulding, razor sharp trailing edges, attention to detail, ambitious subject.
Disadvantages: Unclear rigging diagram.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner

 Roden's 1/72 scale Felixstowe F.2A is available online from Squadron.com




If you weren’t intimidated by the colour schemes in Roden’s first kitting of this “flying boat” then you should be with this release! The striking box art, which shows F.2A N4512 attacking a U-boat on 8 June 1918, is typical of the high visibility markings that were applied to many of these aircraft. 

There are 236 cleanly moulded plastic parts and decals for 4 options. 

This kit concentrates on the early version of the F.2A where the main distinguishing feature is the semi-enclosed cockpit.  

For this, Roden replace sprue E from the previous kit and substitute sprue G. This is necessary to provide a new two-piece fuselage decking to accommodate the cockpit canopy.

The clear part for this semi-enclosed area is nicely moulded with no visible distortion. 

Another change, but this time more subtle, is the inclusion of sprue D1 instead of one of the 2D sprues. This initially looks exactly the same as the included sprue 2D but has propellers of a different pitch orientation. Early versions were often seen with engines of “opposite hands” (pre June 1918) so it is excellent that Roden have supplied these parts. 

The rest of the kit is as we have seen it in Roden’s F.2A “late version”.


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None of the moulds have suffered over time and the previous sharp detail of the earlier release remains. 

One of the highlights of the kit is the wing. The trailing edges are as sharp as you could ever want and the rib detail is suitably restrained. The ailerons, tailplane, elevators, and rudder are also to this standard and are a credit to the manufacturer. One thing to be aware of with these parts is that Roden have over emphasized the holes for the rigging, so it would be prudent to fill these and re-drill your own. 

For ease of assembly, the instructions suggest you complete the wing cell before lowering it into the open topped fuselage. The upper decking is then glued on top to hold everything in place. This has the drawback of making the cleanup and painting rather awkward. I found it just as easy to attach the lower wing only, glue the top deck on, and then proceed from there. 

The fuselage is nicely moulded with some detail present on the inner surfaces. Other parts make up the full-length floor, seats, steering wheels, gun positions and rudder pedals. 

The Rolls Royce Eagle engines are kits in themselves and comprise nearly 30 parts each. The fit will take some juggling but the effort is well rewarded.

Roden are renowned for the moulding of their machine guns and these are no exception.

They are petite and the high level of detail belies their size. 

A kit of this type doesn’t have an undercarriage for the aircraft to safely be displayed on so Roden have thoughtfully provided us with a beaching trolley. I was surprised that the finished product fits as well as is does on top of this but one must still be careful not to knock it over! 

A basic rigging diagram is provided but this lacks in some key areas. The instructions suggest referring to the box art and this is an excellent resource. As such, it shows a three dimensional aspect of what the instruction fail to show. Unfortunately after all this, there are still some areas that need clarifying.



Marking Options


Four very colourful aircraft are catered for and all of them will be challenging.



Felixstowe F.2A (early) N4283.

Flown by Flight Commanders G E Livock and R Leckie, the black and white dazzle scheme on this aircraft will really test the painter. Some parts of the fuselage were left untouched which contrasts nicely with the PC10 (or possibly dark green) uppersurfaces.


Felixstowe F.2A (early) N4512.

The subject of the box art, this colourful example reached Great Yarmouth in early 1918.

On 21 June, the crew tried to rescue a pilot who ditched in the sea after experiencing engine problems in a 2F.1 Camel. In doing so, N4512 itself crashed and soon sank below the surface. Although the Felixstowe crew was rescued, Lieutenant Packe who was the pilot of the Camel was unable to be saved.


Felixstowe F.2A (early).

This red and white striped example had the standard scheme with the uppersurfaces of the wings, and tailplane in either PC10 or dark green. The undersurfaces of the wings were clear doped.


Felixstowe F.2A (early) N4300.

Those with a liking for blue will admire this Saunders-built aircraft. It was received at Felixstowe in June 1918 and was fitted with semaphore signaling equipment on the fuselage behind the wing. This apparatus will have to be scratch built if modeling the aircraft in this configuration. 

It was a pleasure to find that the decals in my example were in perfect register.





This is indeed a wonderful kit and one that must be built with care. The parts fit well and as long as everything is properly lined up, the assembly is pretty straightforward.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Robert Baumgartner
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