SNCASO Griffon II
Fonderie Miniatures 1/48
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|Contents and Media:
||19 injection moulded plastic parts,
9 resin parts, 18 white metal. 2 vacuum formed clear parts, and 24 etched
USD$62.97 from Squadron.com
||Excellent Detail in resin; improved
plastic moulding; excellent decals
||Poor Instructions; Lack of
||Highly Recommended for experienced
Built and Reviewed by Mick Evans
Miniature's 1/48 scale SNCASO Griffon II is available online from
This is the first kit in 1/48 scale Nord Griffon to my knowledge.
Fonderie Miniatures' kit of the Griffon is an excellent rendition of
the experimental aircraft. The kit continues the improvement in both resin
and plastic moulding by Fonderie Miniature.
The kit contains 19 injection moulded plastic parts, 9 resin parts, 18
white metal. 2 vacuum formed clear parts, and 24 etched metal parts.
The plastic parts are the usual soft grey plastic with very little
moulding flash. The plastic parts are extremely detailed for a limited run
injection moulded kit.
Resin parts are crisply moulded in a light grey soft resin. The wheel
wells, cockpit and main wheel doors have some really nice detail moulded
White metal parts are cleanly moulded and quite detailed, in particular
the ejection seat.
My only criticism is of the clear canopy. It has no mould lines or even
a template for the small windows on the canopy. This may have something to
do with fact that the later test flights had a clear canopy and not a
solid canopy with small view windows, but nothing is mentioned on the
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Fonderie Miniature could still improve the instructions as these have
always been bereft of detail and leave a lot of interpretation to the
modeler. When I built Fonderie Miniatures 1/72 scale kit of the Griffon, I
managed to get some good reference from various web sites to fill in some
detail on the aircraft.
The big plus for the 1/48 scale kit over the 1/72 scale kit is the vast
improvement in surface detail, the separate air brakes, cockpit, and the
wheel wells. The detail in the wheel wells and cockpit is great,
considering that there is not much reference detail around.
Overall Fonderie Miniature is to be congratulated on covering a rare
aircraft that was the foundation for the French experiment into engines
and supersonic flight. Bring on more kits Fonderie Miniatures, the
improvement in detail and moulding is almost beyond belief.
Highly Recommended for experienced modellers
Squadron.com for the review
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