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Blackburn Firebrand TF.Mk.II


Valom 1/72

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 720006 - Blackburn Firebrand TF.Mk.II
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 41 parts in light grey plastic on two sprues, 4 parts in resin, 24 parts in etched brass on one fret, 2 vac-formed canopies, Decals for one aircraft and 2 double sided A4 sheets with history, parts plan, build instructions and colour and marking drawings.
Price: USD$29.46 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very rare subject, well moulded and good detail..
Disadvantages: Short run process means extra clean up.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Glen Porter

Valom's 1/72 scale Blackburn Firebrand TF.Mk.II is available online from Squadron.com




My references tell me that this Sabre powered variant of the Firebrand was not put into large scale production because the engine was reserved for the Typhoon.

Valom's 1/72 scale Firebrand TF.Mk.II is also a real rarity as I don’t think any one else has ever produced an injection moulded kit, and a very nice job they have done too.

For a short run offering, the sprues are very clean with minimal flash and reasonably small sprue connections.


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The resin parts number only four - torpedo main body, wheels and leading edge camera blister. The etched parts cover the interior, torpedo fins, gear doors, etc, and shouldn’t pose any problem for those experienced in this medium.

The decals, with markings for only one aircraft, look to be very well printed with thin carrier film. The colours look right although the yellow could be a little too lemony but this may correct itself when placed on the model.

Two vacuum formed canopies are supplied, one as a spare.

Overall, I find this kit to be of the highest quality for a short run model especially for somebody who likes the rarer subjects.

Highly Recommended.           

Thanks to Squadron.com for this delightful review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 04 October, 2004
Last updated 05 October, 2004

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