North American O-47A
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||AML kit no. 72012 O-47A Sea Plane
|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
USD$17.96 from Squadron.com
||Unusual subject; plenty of detail
and extra sprue with float components.
||Short run plastic will need extra time for cleanup
||Recommended for enthusiasts of US
Reviewed by Glen Porter
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.
Squadron.com for the review
Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
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Last updated 17 August, 2004
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