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Seafire Mk.III


Octopus (Pavla)

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 72043 - Supermarine Seafire Mk.III
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Short-run injected plastic, resin and vacformed canopy.
Price: USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Popular subjects; well detailed resin interior; very good decals
Disadvantages: Short-run plastic means more cleaning up of parts and time required for alignment
Recommendation: Recommended to modellers with some experience working with short run kits.

Reviewed by
Glen Porter

Octopus/Pavla's Seafire Mk.III is available online from Squadron.com



Short run kits have their advantages and their disadvantages.

On the one hand, there will be more cleaning up and preparation of plastic parts, and Pavla/Octopus have sometimes presented fit problems too, so I would recommend test-fitting all the components before fixing them with glue.



But on the other hand, where else will you find a well-detailed 1/72 scale Seafire in all its glory? Not from the mainstream manufacturers it would seem. Australia's High Planes models recently released a Seafire III but it is not as cleanly moulded as this model, and that lovely resin interior in the Pavla/Octopus kit is one heck of a plus!



Instructions are of the high quality we have come to expect from Octopus. The decals are of equally high quality. There are four marking options - three Fleet Air Arm and one French Navy.



This 1/72 scale Octopus kit should result in a really nice replica of the Seafire III straight from the box. I recommend it to modellers with experience working with short run kits.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 30 June, 2004
Last updated 25 July, 2004

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