Republic P-43 Lancer
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||Pavla Kit No. 72061 - Republic P-43
|Contents and Media:
||32 well moulded, short run, mid grey
plastic parts on one sprue, 18 finely cast resin parts on ten pour
blocks, 5 PE parts on one frat, 2 complete sets of vac formed clear
parts (one spare), decals for four aircraft, 16 page instruction booklet
with history, parts plan, 23 build diagrams and 8 pages of paint/decal
available online from Squadron
||Very neat, in-scale engraved panel
detail, next to no flash and some of the finest resin moulding you will
find in a kit today.
||Short run, so not for beginners.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Pavla's 1/72 scale P-43 Lancer is online from Squadron.com
The Republic P-43 Lancer is one of those aircraft that is instantly
recognizable as a forerunner of a more successful aircraft - the P-47
Thunderbolt - simply because of its outline. Designed as a successor to
the P-35 by the Seversky Aircraft Corporation in 1938, the P-43A was
powered by a P&W R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engine and armed with four .303
machine guns, two in the fuselage and two in the wings. Some were later
up-gunned with 50 cals. Many were sent to China and eight came to
Australia as RP-43Bs and were used in the photo-reconnaissance role.
Seversky later changed its name to Republic and went on to produce the
super successful P-47 Thunderbolt.
The Model Maker
Pavla, from the Czech Republic, is one of the big improvers in the model
world. Ten years ago, their models took considerable effort to build but
today, although still not for the beginner, these highly detailed short
run kits are so well designed that they almost compete with the big
boys. After you have built all of your Messerschmitts and Spitfires,
these are the kits to go for.
With only one plastic sprue in mid grey, subtly engraved panel details
and very little flash, the parts are laid out in a very normal fashion
and looks like they will be no problem to put together. In fact, the
only shortcoming here is the lack of alignment pins (which is quite
normal for short-run kits). Care needs to be taken while assembling
The resin parts, the highlight of any Pavla kit, are beautifully cast in
cream resin with unbelievable detail such as cast-on push rods on the
two engine banks and seat belts on the seat. Other resin parts include
main wheels, prop hub, undercarriage scissors, control column etc.
Clear parts are vacuum-formed, which is normal in these kits, but will
put some people off simply because they can be hard to handle. At least
Pavla give you two sets, just in case.
The photo-etched set has only five parts - the instrument panel with
clear film for faces and the other four make-up into what looks like two
turbo exhausts for the rear lower fuselage. These are exclusively for
the Australian option. I'm not sure exactly what these are or how
they are supposed to look on the finished model.
Decals are among the better sets I've seen from this company, having
good register and minimum decal film and cover all the necessary
markings for the four aircraft involved.
As is usual from Pavla, there are a few small details to be
scratch-built but they are simple and shouldn't pose a problem for most
This is another highly detailed kit from one of the best producers of
the unusual. That's why "we loves ya” Pavla.
Thanks to Pavla for the review sample
Review and Images Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Page Created 06 March, 2006
Last updated 05 March, 2006
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