Autogiro Cierva C8L-II
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||HR Model 1/72 Autogiro Cierva C8L-II
|Contents and Media:
||Over 40 parts in cream coloured
resin; 1 photo-etched fret; printed acetate instruments
361,30 Kč (approx. USD$16.00) available online from hobbyshop.cz
||Good resin castings, subtle detail
where needed, delicate but strong struts, includes photo-etched parts
and printed acetate sheet.
||No assembly instructions, fuselage
||Recommended for advanced modellers.
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The autogiro came about in 1919 thanks to Juan de la Cierva. He
conceived of a rotor being driven by aerodynamic forces alone, with
thrust being provided by an engine powered propeller.
This Spanish engineer developed a number of designs, and his success
eventually led him to establish the Cierva Autogiro Company.
This kit is the ideal opportunity for the modeller to try something
It is a multimedia product which consists of over forty resin parts, a
fret of etched metal and a printed acetate sheet. Decals are not
forgotten and provide for a single subject.
Thoughtfully a set of general arrangement drawings are included though
oddly enough, there are no assembly instructions. I know this kit is for
advanced modellers but…
The boxed parts match the kit’s plans very well, except when it comes to
the fuselage. This part possessed much less depth and a very different
side profile to the machine depicted. Since this area was derived from
the Avro 504K, a comparison was made with respected plans for this
aeroplane. The results were the same and one suspects HR used the
undernourished 1967-vintage Airfix fuselage as a basis here.
The parts themselves were very well cast with good detail and a pleasing
absence of blemishes.
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The rotor blades and other flying surfaces have well defined trailing
edges with no visible deformities. A light sanding will improve the
sharpness of the former items and contribute to the fine appearance of
the originals. Another good idea would be to replace the shafts with
metal tubing as this would add some extra rigidity to the assembly.
The delicate struts are superbly cast and their appearance was
deceiving. Despite their apparent fragility, they were quite strong and
there should be no problem using these items “as is”.
The cockpit area contains the basic “office” elements with the
floorboard, pedals, control columns and seats, all being catered for.
Some internal ribbing has been moulded onto the fuselage halves which
add to the overall effect.
The photo-etched fret comes from their Avro 504 and includes the control
horns, seat belts, propeller boss, throttles and a couple of instrument
panels. To these latter items are added the printed acetate dials and
these contribute to a pleasant result.
The decals are very well printed with thin carrier film and no bleeding
of the base colour. Happily, two sheets appeared in my example.
This is a very interesting subject and makes a welcome change from more
mainstream topics. The multimedia aspect of the kit is welcome and will
add much to the finished product.
Sadly the kit is marred by the fuselage proportions so those wanting a
more exact replica are in for some surgery. The omission of the assembly
instructions may be a “one off” error but a skilled builder (whom the
kit is aimed at) should be able to overcome this.
Recommended for the advanced modeller.
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Review and Images Copyright © 2006 by Rob Baumgartner
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Last updated 21 February, 2007
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