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Glenn Martin 167 Maryland


Fonderie Miniature 1/48


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: FN6029
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 32 injection moulded plastic parts, 7 resin parts, 78 white metal parts, and 2 vacuum formed clear parts
Price: USD$69.97  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook

Good detail; crisp resin, esoteric subject, nice engine details; nice decals.

Disadvantages: Heavy flash and moulding, poor instructions, poor transparencies
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for experienced modellers.


Built and Reviewed by Mick Evans

Fonderie Miniature's 1/48 Maryland is available online from Squadron.com




Fonderie Miniature’s latest release, their1/48 scale kit of the Maryland, is in keeping with this manufacturer’s theme of French designed aircraft, or aircraft flown by the Armee de L’Air (French Air Force).

The kit contains 32 injection moulded plastic parts, 7 resin parts, 78 white metal parts, and 2 vacuum formed clear parts containing all the canopies and windows.  Four of the injection moulded plastic parts are redundant as the instructions tell you not to remove the moulded on flaps and ailerons and replace them with the separate items that are provided. FM must have changed their mind when they moulded the wings but had already made the moulds for the sprues containing the separate ailerons.

The plastic parts are the usual soft grey plastic with lots of moulding flash.   The panel lines although crisp need some cleanup work with a scribing tool.  On the positive side, the parts are easily cleaned up and should fit together very well.   The metal parts have a lot of flash and seam lines that will require a lot of finicky cleanup work.

The resin parts are crisply moulded in a very hard chalky resin.  The kit has resin moulded wheel wells, seats, and rear cockpit bulkhead. 

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Once again, my main criticism as in past reviews of FM kits is of the clear canopy.  It is not very clear and mould lines for the windscreen frames are not very sharp.  The usual Future treatment should bring some clarity to the canopy.



The cockpit looks to have a high level of detail moulded into the white metal walls and build up parts, most of which will not be visible when complete.  The engines are a work of art, with nicely moulded resin renditions of the crankcase and individual cylinder heads in white metals.  The cylinder heads need some clean up but with the addition of scratch-built ignition cables and pushrods they will look excellent. 

A very clearly printed decal sheet offers options for a 69 Sqn aircraft of the RAF based in Malta in 1941 and an Armee De L’Air aircraft based in Syria in 1941.



As I have stated many times before, Fonderie Miniature could go a long way by some improvement to the instructions. These have always been bereft of detail and leave a lot of interpretation to the modeller.  The instructions for the Maryland are no different. They do not even give instructions for the engine assemblies, the only reference being a drawing showing them fully assembled.  There are at least 19 parts to each engine.
Fonderie Miniature is to be congratulated on covering a rare aircraft that up to this point in time has not been covered in 1/48 scale by any other company other than a few examples by vacform moulding companies.

Recommended for experienced modellers

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Model, Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Mick Evans
Page Created 28 January, 2004
Last updated 28 January, 2004

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