Heinkel He 177 A-5 Greif
S u m m a r y
||MPM kit no.
48058 - Heinkel He 177 A-5 Greif
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 19 clear injection
moulded parts; 4 parts in yellow resin,
markings for two aircraft.
USD$89.98 available online from Squadron.com
impressive subject; crisp consistent surface detail
(recessed panel lines); nicely
detailed cockpit and engine; thin trailing edges; no sink
marks in visible locations; excellent thin and distortion free clear
parts; separate control surfaces;
high quality decals; genuine "WOW" factor
||Harnesses and wing
bomb racks not supplied
Reviewed by Brett Green
1/48 scale Heinkel He 177 A-5 Greif is available online from Squadron.com
MPM has released their big 1/48 scale Heinkel He 177 A-5 Greif. It
has been worth the wait.
MPM's Greif comprises around 320 parts in grey injection moulded
plastic - surely the biggest parts count for an MPM plastic kit to date - 19
clear injection moulded parts; 4 parts in yellow resin and markings for two
Surface features are crisp and consistently recessed
panel lines with raised structural details where appropriate.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The big ejector pins that often plague the inner surfaces of
limited-run kits are rare, and none will interfere with fit or be visible when
the kit is assembled.
Despite its large size and
parts count, the kit is conventionally broken down into fuselage
halves, four wing halves and horizontal tailplanes. All control
surfaces aee supplied as separate parts, so these may be positioned
There is almost no flash to
clean up, and there are no sink marks or other
imperfections anywhere on the visible exterior surfaces of the
model. Trailing edges of the wings and tailplanes are sharp.
However, as good as the
moulding is, there are no locating pins so extra time and care will
be required to align the parts - especially the fuselage halves -
perfectly. The wings do have large locating tabs and the tailplanes,
likewise, have small tabs that will slot into the fuselage, so that
side of construction will be straightforward.
Detail of the kit is very
good. The cockpit is especially nice. Unlike most MPM and Special
Hobby releases of late, there is no resin or photo etch, but this
does not detract from the ambitious detailing of the basic cockpit
structures. However, no harnesses are supplied, so you will have to
either make or buy your own.
The clear parts are very thin and totally free of
distortion - very important for such a prominent glasshouse canopy.
The four resin parts are destined for the exhausts
and defensive armament.
Markings are supplied for two aircraft:
The decals are clear, crisply printed
and in perfect register.
Neither bomb-bay detail nor wing-mounted bomb racks
are supplied with the kit, but a bomb-bay detail set is available
separately from CMK.
This big Heinkel He 177 is MPM's most
ambitious release to date.
There is more use made of conventional
injection moulded parts, but this does not detract from the overall
level of detail. Careful planning
has obviously gone into the location of ejector pins. The outline and
detail accuracy looks good too.
The lack of locating pins and the nature of
the manufacturing process means that more care will be required to build
this kit than, say, one of Tamiya's offerings. Some previous experience
will certainly be helpful.
Even so, MPM's Greif is a big, well
detailed package that will look very impressive when finished.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 09 August, 2006
Last updated 08 August, 2006
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