Planet Models, 1/48
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179 - Koolhoven F.58
|Contents and Media:
68 pieces in
cream colored resin and 2 clear vac-form canopies. Instructions,
painting guide and decal sheet for 1 aircraft.
GBP £42.85 from Hannants.co.uk
||FirstLook - In Box
engraved panel lines and fabric surfaces. Single piece cowling without
A bit of
flash on many parts, extremely delicate parts in resin. Requires use of
cyanoacrylic (super / crazy) glue and /or two-part epoxy. Very delicate
||Highly recommended for modelers who
have experience with resin kits and parts.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Planet Models' 1/48 scale Koolhoven F.K. 58
online from Squadron
Even I am amazed:
As many of you may know, I have a fondness for the
odd aircraft of the smaller combatants of the Second World War:
Polikarpov and Bulldog with Finnish markings, Ambrosini and RO 37 of the
Regia Aeronautica, Caudron and Potez in French colors, and the such.
But even I have to scratch my head with this one.
In an attempt to rapidly re-arm before the outbreak
of war, the French purchased fighter aircraft from Koolhoven of the
Netherlands, the FK-58. The first four that arrived in France had the
Hispano-Suiza engine, instead of the Gnome-Rhone engine as ordered.
These first four aircraft were immediately rejected
by the fighter units and sent off to second line duties.
If even the French Air Force, on the eve of war,
rejected these four aircraft, then why did Planet models seek to issue
this beautiful resin kit?
The answer is quite simple. It amounts to merely a
new cowl. For this kit is 99% identical to Planet Models’ previous
issue of the Koolhoven FK-58 with the Gnome-Rhone engine.
Use this link to see the review of the previous FK-58 kit. The only
real difference is the cowl and intake used on the Hispano-Suiza
version. As with the previous kit, the cowl is a beautiful and delicate
resin molding without a molding block. There was only a slight bit of
flash on the front opening.
Note that the issue of “delicate” is a real
problem. After I did my previous review, I repacked the kit and put is
back in the stash. But I must have been less than careful in repacking
and I put another kit on top of the box. When I took out the Gnome-Rhone
cowl, I noted that it had become distorted, bent out of shape. So, if
you get either version of the FK-58 and do not plan on building it right
away, make sure the cowl is well protected and that no weight is placed
on it. Hopefully a little warm water will ease it back into shape.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The other difference between the Hispano-Suiza and
Gnome-Rhone version is the markings.
The kit instruction call for the model to be
painted in the typical French scheme of Brown, Green and Dark Blue-Gray
on the topside with Light Blue-Gray undersides. There is also, the
possibility that the camouflage was merely Dark Blue-Gray overall with
areas of Khaki applied to the topside, as was the case with the
Gnome-Rhone version. The decals are for the very first Koolhoven FK-58
delivered to the French, coded C-016.
While, the other three of the first four Koolhovens
were most likely sent to a fighter training school, it appears that this
particular aircraft was sent to the mechanics school at Rochefort. What
is most interesting about this aircraft is it fuselage marking, which is
the insignia of GB II/38 (group de bombardement). The reason for this
insignia is not really known. Perhaps between the time the fighter unit
rejected it and its arrival at Rochefort, it may have served as a
liaison aircraft with the groupe de bombardement. Also, the marking
could be white, rather than the red and yellow of the decals.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
As for the decals they are well printed, although
the roundel may be ever so slightly off register (Then there is the
issue of these aging eyes.). What I do like about these decals is that
they give you the option of either using the decals for the rudder
stripes or painting them, as the registration information is a separate
Even more than the first issue of the FK-58, this
kit may have very few modelers with this aircraft on their top 10 most
wanted list. Like the Gnome-Rhone version, this is a beautifully made
resin kit. It clearly is an antidote to all those Bf 109s and P-51s,
something completely different. I highly recommend it.
French Aircraft 1939-1942, Volume 2: From
Dewotine to Potez; by Andre Jouineau and Dominique Breffort;
published by Histoire & Collections; 2005.
Le Koolhoven FK 58; Mathieu Comas; Aviaons,
1997, three parts.
Merci très beaucoup a Thierry Fournier
Thanks to MPM / Planet Models for the review sample.
and Planet Model
kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers
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