Grumman JRF Goose
u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||63 parts in short-run injected grey
styrene; 28 parts in cream-coloured resin; 12 part in injection-moulded
clear plastic; decals for four aircraft.
||Previously unavailable subject in
high-quality plastic; injection-moulded clear parts are thin and free of
distortion; cabin detail including passenger seats is supplied; good detail; crisply engraved surface features;
well-cast resin parts; effective use of multi-media.
||No locating pins or tabs - "butt
joins" for large parts; peculiar interpretation of blue on national
||Recommended to modellers with some
experience working with short run kits.
Czech Model's 1/48
scale Grumman Goose is available online from Squadron.com
Considering that the Grumman Goose was a widely-used military
and civilian flying boat from the late 1930s, through the Second World War and
well into the post-war period, it is perhaps surprising that we have not seen
this type offered as a 1/48 scale injection-moulded kit before now.
Czech Models' 1/48 scale Grumman JRF Goose fills this
Czech Models' Grumman Goose 63 injection moulded parts are presented on three sprues of
glossy plastic; with another 12 injection moulded parts in clear styrene and
28 parts in cream-coloured resin.
Click the thumbnails below to
view larger images:
The grey plastic is well up to Czech Model's recent high
standards. The parts are crisply moulded with very little flash. Panel lines are
sharply engraved. Fabric texture is very subtly rendered. There are some raised ejector pins on the inner surfaces, but
these can quickly be despatched with a hobby knife or sprue cutter. The wing
trailing edges are fairly thick and will benefit from sanding prior to mating
the upper and lower halves.
Clear parts are presented in thin, distortion-free
injection-moulded plastic. This will greatly simplify the installation of the
big windscreen and the small cabin windows.
Resin parts are in the familiar style of True Details,
with good detail, high quality casting and a simple parts breakdown. These
resin parts are mostly destined for the cockpit and cabin, including four
comfortable-looking passenger seats. A
set of very delicately detailed engines and bulged resin wheels will replace the plastic versions on the sprues.
Two resin bombs are also included.
Engineering is typical of limited run kits. There are no
locating positions or tabs, so extra care and time will be required to ensure
correct alignment and a secure bond, especially for the horizontal tail
surfaces. The full-span upper wing half will help this critical join.
Four marking options are included - two in US Navy tri-colour
scheme, one in overall Gloss Sea Blue and an RAF Coastal Command Goose during
1943, surprisingly still sporting early-war roundels and gigantic fin flash.
The decal film is thin and markings are all in register, but the blue of the
various national markings looks a little too green to my eye.
Czech Model is one of an exclusive band of companies that has
transformed the nature of limited-run kits.
Their new 1/48 scale Grumman Goose is a perfect example of this
"next generation" limited-run model, with its high quality injection
moulded parts featuring fine and consistent surface features, supplemented by
excellent resin details. The increasingly common inclusion of injection-moulded
clear parts makes these kits even more accessible to a wide range of modellers.
Czech Model's 1/48 scale Grumman JRF Goose will require
more preparation and care than the latest long-run injection moulded kits
from a company like Tamiya or Revell. However, the extra work should not be
beyond the skills of a modeller with a few completed kits under his belt.
This is another nicely presented package of an important but
otherwise neglected subect by Czech Model.
Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett
Page Created 04 February, 2004
Last updated 05 February, 2004
Back to HyperScale Main Page
Back to Reviews Page