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North American O-47A


AML, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: AML kit no. 72012 O-47A Sea Plane
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 66 parts in short-run injection moulded plastic; 2 vacformed canopies; etched brass fret with four parts; markings for two aircraft; instructions comprising four double-sided A5 sheets
Price: USD$17.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Unusual subject; plenty of detail and extra sprue with float components.
Disadvantages: Short run plastic will need extra time for cleanup
Recommendation: Recommended for enthusiasts of US sea planes


Reviewed by Glen Porter

 AML's 1/72 scale O-47A floatplane is available online from Squadron.com




The seaplane version of the O-47 was only built in small numbers for test purposes, and was not proceeded with because long-range land planes and carrier borne aircraft were able to perform the same functions.

AML's 1/72 scale O-47A was originally released several years ago. This is essentially the same kit but with an extra sprue for the floats and different markings.

With plenty of detail and reasonable mould quality considering its short run technology, this should build into a very nice model.


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The short-run nature of this kit means that extra care will have to be taken in the cleanup and fit of parts. I expect some challenges aligning the floats to the fuselage but an experienced modeller should not have too much trouble. The long vacformed canopy and the etched parts may be a problem to less experienced builders too, however the rest of the kit will be quite straightforward.

With its excellent detail and good decals, this kit should satisfy any American seaplane enthusiast, as well as those of us who are just looking for something a little different.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 17 August, 2004
Last updated 17 August, 2004

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