C-26B Fairchild Metro III
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||RVHP Models 72143 - C-26B Fairchild Metro
|Contents and Media:
||55 parts in cream-coloured resin; 2
clear vacform parts; 3 white metal parts; markings for one aircraft
1037.80 Kč (approx. USD$47.15)
plus postage, available online from hobbyshop.cz
||Excellent decals; fine surface
detail; crisp moulding
||Resin and multi media kit so
||Recommended to experienced modellers
Reviewed by Mick Evans
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The Metro is not one of my favourite aircraft to
fly in after enduring a horror flight through a hail storm flying as a
passenger to Canberra one evening. So when I was offered this kit to
review I had to put my experience behind me and look at the kit
The Metro is not a pretty aircraft with its
slender cigar shaped fuselage and high sit on its undercarriage, but it
is very fast.
This new release of the C-26B Fairchild Metro is
the first kit that I have seen or reviewed from Robert Vele of RVHP.
The kit has a nice set of decals included depicting one National Guard
counter drug enforcement agency aircraft. The agency operates eleven
specially equipped C-26B aircraft and 78 specially equipped OH-58
helicopters. There are 55 nicely cast resin parts, 3 cast metal parts,
and 2 clear vacuum formed parts are included in the kit.
The surface detail is beautifully engraved with
all the major panel lines and control surfaces evident. The reinforcing
strips located on each fuselage side to prevent ice damage from ice
flung from the propeller blades onto the fuselage skin, is moulded in
crisp relief detail. Due to the limited run moulding nature of the kit
some of the detail parts will require some flash cleanup. This is
mostly evident on the cabin windows and undercarriage nacelles.
Care will be required to be exercised when
removing smaller parts from the resin casting blocks.
Assembly starts with the building of the engines
and cockpit areas. There is a high level of detail provided for the
cockpit area but there is absolutely no cabin detail provided so there
is ample scope for the 1/72 scale super detailers.
The transparencies are supplied as a one piece
vacuum formed part that requires some fine and accurate masking but
cures the problem of trying to install the small cockpit windows into
The forward looking infrared radar pod, various
communication antennas and sensor lumps and bumps are supplied in resin
but very little detail is available as to the exact fit.
The build instructions are a one scene exploded
view, but as assembly of the major components are fairly straight
forward this should suffice most modellers.
I do not have accurate scale plans of the Metro so
I cannot make too many comments on the accuracy of the dimensions of the
Decals are provided for one aircraft as follows:
Fairchild C-26B(CD) of the National Guard Counter
Drug Directorate. This aircraft is finished in overall FS36118 grey
with subdued grey national markings.
The decals are crisp, accurate
in colour and in register. They look to be very thin and should conform
well to the surface detail, but they will have to be handled carefully.
Recommended for experienced
modellers due to the multi media nature of this kit.
hobbyshop.cz for this review
RVHP Model kits are
available online from the hobbyshop.cz website
Review Text Copyright © 2006 by Mick Evans
Page Created 05 November, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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