Lockheed Vega DL-1 Special /
MPM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||MPM Productions 72524 -
Lockheed Vega DL-1 Special / Y1C-12
parts in grey plastic; 11 in clear; decals
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
||Interesting subject; crisp and fine surface
detail; thin trailing edges;
||Some issues with
windows; previous experience helpful
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
1/72 scale Lockheed Vega is available online from
The Czech Republic based MPM Productions
seem to be making the most out of their Lockheed Vega moulds with this,
their fourth version of the kit.
And rightly so too! MPM should be applauded for producing kits of what
was very much a pioneering machine of the late 20s and 30s.
This issue provides parts to build one of two different versions of the
Vega - firstly, the military version, the Y1C-12 and secondly the DL-1
The kit comprises of 69 grey pieces of grey
plastic and a further 11 in clear. MPM seems to provide a basic "Vega"
sprue with each of its issues as well as a type-specific sprue peculiar
to the version being modelled. This kit is no exception and as a
consequence you get at least seven pieces that are not used as well as
choices of vertical stabilizers, exhausts, wheel spats and interiors.
Curiously, you also get a separate fuselage door that is not mentioned
in the instructions.
The kit is of the limited-run type but to be truthful, you would be
hard-pressed to find better even from the likes of Hasegawa or Tamiya.
The parts are sharply moulded and exhibit petite detail, even the
trailing edges of the flying surfaces are commendably thin.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
A couple of odd things have crept in
though. The rear most fuselage windows have been moulded the same size
as the others when in fact it was squarer in shape than the other ones
and the other one being the fact that you are given the option of
shaving the moulded-in navigation lights off the wings and replacing
them with identical ones from the grey moulded sprue. Perhaps these
should have been moulded on the clear sprues. Thankfully, the window
problem isn't all that hard to rectify as it will simply be a matter of
fitting the plastic "window", sanding the surrounding plastic smooth and
masking a square one.
Decals are offered for three versions. Two bright, colourful USAAC
"yellow wing" era Y1C-12s – 36th Pursuit Squadron, 8th Pursuit Group at
Langley Field 1932-35 and 14th Bomb Squadron at Bolling Field in April
1932. The markings for the DL-1 version are for an historic (through
Western Australian eyes at least!) machine. These markings are for the
machine flown by Don Bennett (latter of RAF Pathfinders fame) and James
(Jimmy) Woods a local West Australia aviation pioneer in the Centenary
air race from London to Melbourne. Unfortunately, they did not finish
the race as the machine crashed on landing at Aleppo in Syria. The
machine was subsequently repaired and purchased by Jimmy Woods who
operated it out of Perth until it was impressed into RAAF service during
WWII. Unfortunately, MPM have supplied the markings for this machine as
black when in fact they should be red. The decals themselves are thin
and beautifully printed, with everything in perfect register.
The instructions are of the "exploded view" type with each of the parts
being called out by sprue and individual number. They provide a brief
history of each version and painting instructions of details as well as
the overall finish.
Packaging is via a large plastic bag for the sprues and an individual
one for the decals. These are in turn placed into a flimsy and easily
crushed cardboard box.
Be aware that this is not a kit for the beginner as it lacks positive
alignment pins and parts will require some preparation. It is though an
excellent effort from MPM of what until recently, a machine that would
have only have been kitted as a vacform.
Thanks to MPM for the review sample.
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rodger
Page Created 15 June, 2005
Last updated 15 June, 2005
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