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number 04253 - LS-8
Contents and Media:
in grey styrene; 1 parts in clear styrene;
markings for around ten aircraft.
tooling; simple parts breakdown; good level of detail;
positionable canopy; nice clear
transparency; no noticeable
ejector pin or sink marks on facing surfaces;
magnificent decal sheet (in terms of quality,
size, colour and choice)
Previewed by Brett Green
Revell's 1/32 scale LS-8
Glider will be available online
So, what do I know about gliders?
Well, for a start, they do not have a propeller out
front, making it difficult to perform a go-around after a
As a teenager in the RAAF's Air Training Corps
during the 1970s, I took a number of lessons in gliders at
Camden. I loved it.
My next experience with gliders was three decades later,
this Easter in New Zealand. Driving back from Wanaka to
Christchurch, in the fading light of that cool afternoon, I
saw a sign for glider joyflights and decided on a whim to
give it a go. When the instructor handed me a parachute to
wear I thought he was joking. Unless the wings fell off I
would prefer to try to ride the thing down rather than jump
out. But he was not joking.
I was surprised that he put me into the front seat
("you've got some flying experience" he explained
optimistically), and also by the flying position, which was
almost lying down. Quite comfortable though.
Once airborne, the instructor invited me try to keep the
glider lined up behind the tug. "Its a bit sensitive", he
said. He was right. I slipped away to port or starboard
whenever the unfortunate instructor managed to correct my
Finally free of the tug, we barely nabbed a single
thermal thanks to the dropping temperature and the sun
disappearing behind the very attractive horizon. Despite the
undoubted beauty of the pink clouds and the soft light on
the distant mountains, my attention was firmly fixed on the
cows below, grazing on sheer hillsides and getting larger in
the windscreen with every passing second.
Some of the
beautiful New Zealand South Island scenery that I
was not watching while in the glider, snapped
at the side of the road after leaving the airstrip.
I was a bit too preoccupied to photograph the cows
The instructor deftly evaded disaster by flicking the
glider between the cleavage of two steep hills and turning
back to the airstrip.
"Okay" he said into the intercom, "maintain heading zero
six zero until you reach that river ahead, then turn and
descend to 1,000 ft for downwind". Fine. I can manage that.
In fact, the approach and circuit felt very familiar
although the big airbrake was a bit awkward to operate. The
instructor took over on late final for touchdown, which is
just as well because I would have flared at about 20 ft
above the ground and probably floated the glider all the way
over the end fence onto the road. Oh well, chalk it up to
I think that the moral here is to pick a time early on a
warm day when the thermals are more favourable for your
first glider flight in thirty years.
But I digress. What does this have to do with Revell's
forthcoming 1/32 scale LS-8 kit? Well, nothing really - it
just reminded me of my most recent encounter with a glider.
Fortunately, Revell's experience with gliders far
surpasses mine. Revell released their debut 1/32 scale
glider, the Schleicher ASK 21, in the first half of 2005.
Jay Laverty built up a
test shot of this model in an article on HyperScale,
and was impressed with its ease of construction, detail and
the unique nature of the subject.
Revell will release their second 1/32 scale glider, the
single-seater LS-8, in the coming weeks. It looks every bit
as nice as the two-seater ASK 21.
I was fortunate to receive test shots of the sprues
(without instructions) and an early copy of the decal sheet.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
The kit of this simple aircraft comes in with a modest
count of 26 parts in light grey plastic (including a
two-piece display stand), and one part in clear.
The small parts count belies the high level of detail.
The cockpit is fully outfitted with handles and levers, a
two-piece pilot's seat with a nicely textured cushion and
moulded-on harness, plus a well detailed instrument panel.
Options include two styles of winglets to permit either
the 15 metre or 18 metre wingspan versions to be built.
Construction should be very straightforward. Even
without the instructions I think I could complete the kit
with little trouble (although the exact position of some
smaller details in the cockpit remain a bit of a mystery).
The single clear part is thin and free of distortion. A
ventilation window is moulded onto the side of the canopy
(in the closed position.
The decal sheet is nothing short of
magnificent. Unfortunately I do not yet have a copy of the
marking guide, but there at least ten colourful options
covering civil and military gliders from Germany, France,
Switzerland, Britain, Sweden and more.
There is a maddening shortage of photos of
this glider on the Internet (I could find only a handful of
this version), so I cannot advise further on the colours of
these interesting gliders - although I suspect that most are
The decals were produced in cooperation with
Daco of Belgium, and are printed to a very high standard.
Unlike most Revell decals, these are presented in a
high-gloss finish. There is even a convincing metallic gold
colour printed on the sheet. Registration and colour
reproduction on my sample appear to be perfect, and carrier
film is admirably thin.
In addition to the glider markings, the
sheet includes decals for three styles of harness straps,
and the instrument dials. Very nice!
Revell continues to add interesting and
original material to its large catalogue. Their forthcoming
1/32 scale LS-8 Glider will appeal to civil aircraft
modellers, or anyone wanting an attractive display model on
their mantelpiece. With a wingspan of over 18", it will
certainly be impressive.
The kit is so simple that it will even be
appropriate for glider jockeys who might never have squeezed
a tube of plastic cement since their youth.
Congratulations, Revell, for once again
taking the path less trod.
Thanks to Revell for the sample.
Review and Text Copyright © 2006 by Brett
Page Created 28 December, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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