Special Hobby, 1/32 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
32003 - P-36A "Pearl Harbour Defender"
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 15 clear injection
moulded parts; 8 parts in yellow resin,
1 x colour photo-etched fret; decals for two aircraft.
Unknown at this time
attractive subject; crisp consistent surface detail
(recessed panel lines, subtle fabric detail); nicely
detailed cockpit and engine; thin trailing edges; no sink
marks in visible locations; includes resin and coloured
photo-etched parts; excellent thin and distortion free clear
parts; optional spinner hub, windscreen styles, cockpit
parts and machine guns (marked not for use in this variant);
high quality decals; separate elevators and rudders; simple
||Half-hearted detail on
main wheels; some flash to clean up; no locating pins means
previous experience will be helpful.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Hobby's 1/32 scale P-36A will be available online from Squadron.com
Large scale modellers are about to meet the
new kid on the block - Special Hobby's 1/32 scale P-36A "Pearl Harbour
Special Hobby's 1/32 scale P-36A comprises 114 parts in grey styrene, 15
parts in clear injection moulded styrene, 8 parts in cream-coloured resin, two
photo-etched frets - one in colour - and
decals for two aircraft.
The surface features crisp and consistently recessed panel lines with
convincingly subtle fabric texture on control surfaces. Shell ejection
ports are cut all the way through the wing - a nice touch..
The big ejector pins that often plague the inner surfaces of
limited-run kits are rare, and none will interfere with fit or be visible when
the kit is assembled.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The forward fuselage and
engine cowl is moulded as a separate assembly, suggesting that we
will see the short-nosed P-36 / Hawk 75 variants from Special Hobby
some time in the future. Cowl flaps are moulded shut.
There is a little flash to
clean up on some of the parts, notably the undercarriage, but the
story is otherwise very good. There are no sink marks or other
imperfections anywhere on the visible exterior surfaces of the
model. Trailing edges of the wings and tailplanes are sharp.
However, as good as the
moulding is, there are no locating pins so extra time and care will
be required to align the parts perfectly. That nose to fuselage to
wing root join looks especially tricky. I would recommend gluing
some tabs to the inside of the fuselage to assist alignment and
reinforce the join with the nose.
Detail of the kit is very
good. The engine features fine cooling fin detail on the cylinders
and a separate ring of push rods. The only detail wanting is an
ignition harness. In this large scale, the extra work will be well
worthwhile. Engine assembly will be quite straightforward with only
eight parts in total.
The cockpit is equally
nice. For starters, it is the correct depth, and the basic shapes of
the seat, sidewalls, instrument panel, rudder pedals and rear
bulkhead look accurate. As a bonus, we are presented with a small
colour photo etch fret. The highlight is the wonderful lap harness
complete with printed stitching detail. This will look terrific on
those big seats. The cockpit should look great straight from the
box, but f you really want to go to town in this area, Cutting Edge
offers a 1/32 scale resin P-40B cockpit that should be a good fit.
Rudder and elevators are
supplied as separate parts, but dropped flaps are not an option.
The clear parts are very thin and totally free of
distortion. Although they are not destined for this version, the
clear sprue includes two alternative styles of windscreen.
Navigation lights are also supplied.
The eight resin parts are destined for the main
landing gear legs and retraction mechanism.
Markings are supplied for two aircraft, both in
Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The decals are clear, crisply printed
and in perfect register.
If you can't wait for the inevitable alternate
versions to appear,
Edge also offers three sets of P-36 / Hawk 75 decals which include
options for Dutch, Finnish, British, Norwegian and US Hawks,
although take care when choosing your subjects because some of these
are for the short-nose export variants.
This big P-36 is MPM's / Azur's / Special
Hobby's most sophisticated 1/32 scale aircraft release to date.
It would seem that MPM has taken note of
comments about earlier releases. There is more use made of conventional
injection moulded parts, but this does not detract from the overall
level of detail. Provision for an open canopy is welcome. More planning
has obviously gone into the location of ejector pins. The outline and
detail accuracy looks good too, which should give some larger
manufacturers pause for thought.
Surface texture is a matter of personal
preference, but I like Special Hobby's subtle presentation of panel
lines and fabric, leaving any additional detailing decisions (such as
rivets) to the individual modeller. The inclusion of a lovely colour
photo-etched fret is the icing on the cake.
The lack of locating pins and the nature of
the manufacturing process means that more care will be required to build
this kit than, say, one of Tamiya's offerings. Some previous experience
will certainly be helpful.
Even so, Special Hobby's 1/32 scale P-36A
"Pearl Harbour Defender" is a classy package that just cries out to be
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 08 December, 2005
Last updated 08 December, 2005
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