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Zlin Z-526 AFS
Czech Aerobatic Aircraft

 

Miku Model, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Miku Model 72086 - Zlin Z-526 AFS
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 23 cream coloured resin parts, 1 vac-formed canopy, decals for three aircraft plus a 2 page instruction booklet with parts plan, 8 build drawings and 3 paint/decal diagrams.
Price: 318,50 Kč (approx. USD$14.20) available online from hobbyshop.cz
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very rare subject, finely engraved panel detail, optional props and wing tanks.
Disadvantages: No history in instructions, build drawing are somewhat vague; interior detail is basic
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers interested in aerobatic aircraft.


Reviewed by Glen Porter


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FirstLook

 

Okay, hands up all those who have heard of a Zlin Z-526 AFS? Right, you can all put your hands down now. Guess I'm the only duffer in this class.

I admit that before Brett offered me this kit to review, I had never heard of Zlin so into Google I went.

Built in the Czech Republic by a company started back in the 1930s, the Zlin Z-526 AFS is one of the top stunt aircraft around today. They also build military and civilian trainers and sports aircraft.

The kit comes in a small top opening card board box with a line drawn side profile on the top. 23 resin parts are in a ziplock bag and with fine engraved panel detail, appear to be reasonably well cast with no pin holes or large blemishes. The outside surfaces of the fuselage seems to be a bit rough but should clean up quite easily. All parts will need to be removed from their casting blocks.
 

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Interior detail is minimal with only the floor, rear bulkhead, seat, stick and instrument panel but no sidewall detail supplied. The single canopy is vacformed.

Decals look quite good. They cover three aircraft, one from the Czech Republic marked OK-CXA, another in East Germany, DM-WQD and one flying in the USA marked N526 ZZ. All three examples are in red and white livery with the red being on the decals.

 



Although this might not be the best resin aircraft kit I have ever seen, and certainly not for the beginner, it is very nice. If civil aerobatic aircraft are your thing, I doubt that you will find a better example on the market.

Recommended for experienced modellers with an interest aerobatic aircraft.

Thanks to hobbyshop.cz for this review sample.


AML Decals are available online from the hobbyshop.cz website

 


Review and Images Copyright 2006 by Glen Porter
Page Created 17 September, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007

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