VALOM from the Czech Republic is a new name to me. One of the
many companies sprouting from Eastern Europe, they use short run technology and
produce very good models of the more unusual kind, mainly Russian but some
Allied, but all aircraft that the major manufacturers would not touch with a 12
metre pole. I love 'em!
The Polikarpov TIS was only produced in prototype form as after
Polikarpov himself died, his team was disbanded and so the project remained
VALOM's 1/72 scale Po TIS, being a short-run model, has no
locating aids for parts (fuselage halves, wings etc), so care will be required
in alignment and assembly, making it appropriate for more experienced modellers.
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The level of detail is good enough that an interesting model
could be built straight from the box, which is a good thing as I do not think
that there will be much around in the way of after-market accessories or
Resin and photo-etched parts look good. Decals comprise
white-bordered red stars only.
There is nothing in this kit to trouble the experienced
prototype modeller. VALOM's 1/72 scale Polikarpov TIS is definitely recommended.
Indeed, if your are into 1/72 scale Soviet aircraft, or prototypes, or both,
this is the kit for you! I am looking forward to seeing VALOM's next release - a
1/72 scale Blackburn Firebrand.
Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
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