Fairchild Metro III
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||RVHP Models 72151 - Fairchild Metro
|Contents and Media:
||70 parts in cream-coloured resin; 2
clear vacform parts; 3 white metal parts; markings for one aircraft
USD$65.00 plus postage online from DMC Models' website
||Beautifully cast and detailed; no casting blocks
on major components; excellent surface detail including delicate panel
lines, vents and raised areas as appropriate; some interior (cockpit)
detail included; good decals.
||Some flash to clean up; very basic
Reviewed by Brett Green
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I live a few minutes drive away from Sydney's
regional Bankstown Airport. The Fairchild Metro III is both a visitor
and a resident here. With its slim wings, long fuselage and stalky
landing gear, the Metro offers a graceful contrast to the surrounding
Pipers and Cessnas.
Regional Express (abbeviated to Rex) operates
these small turboprop commuter airliners. I like the large informal
script on the rear fuselage, and the red and blue trim on their clean
Much to my surprise and delight, RVHP of the
Czech Republic has released a 1/72 scale Fairchild Metro III in these
relatively obscure Antipodean markings.
RVHP's 1/72 scale Fairchil Metro III comprises 70
parts in cleanly cast, cream-colored resin, three white metal parts and
a vacform sheet with one canopy and a spare.
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Casting quality is excellent. I have not found any
imperfections so far. There is a little flash to clean up (especially
inside the windows), but this should not be a difficult task. It is very
impressive that the major parts are presented with no casting blocks.
The smaller parts are cast onto blocks, but they are generally connected
by thin strips of resin that should be easy to cut off with a razor saw
and tidy up with a hobby knife.
Kit detail is equally good. Surface detail takes the
form of incredibly fine, evenly recessed panel lines, supplemented with
vents and a few raised panels as appropriate. RVHP has even included
cockpit detail - floor, bulkhead, seats, side consoles, control columns
and instrument panel. While you are working on the interior, keep in
mind that you will need to add plenty of weight to the forward fuselage
to keep the nose wheel on the ground.
The canopy area is supplied as a vacform part. A second
canopy is thoughtfully provided in case of mishap. The resin fuselage
features a recessed ridge to help positively locate the clear canopy
part - a nice engineering touch.
Clear windows are not included, but the openings are
small enough that they may be depicted using white glue or Krystal Kleer.
Decals are included for a single Rex Metro, Kilo Echo
Uniform. They look great, with thin carrier film and good colour
The instructions are offered on a single sheet of
double-sided A4 paper, with a decent history and full-page markings
guide. However, construction is described in a single exploded-view
diagram which leaves makes no mention of avionics, antennae etc. You
will need to check reference photos to confirm the configuration.
Fortunately, RVHP provides a mass of optional aerials and antennae as
delicate resin parts.
In common with most short-run kits, you won't find
locating pins or tabs on this model. I would suggest that you spend a
few minutes reinforcing major joins such as the tailplanes with metal
pins. The biggest join, the full-span wing to the fuselage, has been
designed as a saddle join, so this will not require any additional
In recent months we have seen a number of companies step up from the
cottage industry with some remarkable products. RVHP certainly falls
into this category.
This is a very attractive, well detailed model of an interesting
niche airliner wearing unique markings. Modellers with some previous
experience of resin kits should be able to deliver a good looking
Review sample kindly
supplied by DMC Models
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Page Created 30 October, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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