Morane-Saulnier typ N
Special Hobby, 1/32 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby 1/32
scale Morane Saulnier N kit # SH 32006
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 12 parts in yellow
resin; 1 photo etched fret; acetate film with printed
instruments; decals for
USD$43.96 from Squadron.com
||Excellent subject for
the scale, accurate components, thin trailing edges on
wings, well cast resin, etched metal details, superb decals
in perfect register, acetate instruments.
||No MS logo for the
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Hobby's 1/48 scale Maurane-Saulnier N is available online from
A new era in modelling World War I aircraft is emerging. The
resurgence of 1/32nd scale kits for this period of aviation has brought
new modellers into this fascinating part of history.
As far as WWI is concerned, this is Special Hobby’s first foray into
this scale and a welcome one it is too.
What we find inside are three sprues of plastic containing a total of
forty two parts. Each item has well defined detail with minimal cleaning
up needed. The plastic is quite soft which helps with the above process.
Also included are 12 pieces of resin, 51 photo-etched parts and a
windscreen in clear plastic.
An acetate sheet provides for 6 instruments and the package is completed
with a decal sheet allowing for two options.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
A scaling up of Ian Stair’s plans in Albatros Productions Datafile
#58, revealed the likelihood that these were used for the making of this
Comparing the outline of the main components, one finds the fuselage and
wings to be virtually spot-on. The rib spacing and rigging entry points
also came up trumps.
Trailing edges on such large items are frequently a problem…but not
here. They are very thin and the shape of the airfoil is excellent.
Smaller items such as the elevators, cowl, and spinner also fair well.
The undercarriage looks good but the axle could be a bit longer to allow
secure gluing to the wheels.
Speaking of the latter, Special Hobby has sensibly moulded these in two
halves. This is to eliminate the possibility of sink holes due to the
thickness of the part. They have chosen to represent the spokes that
press against the inside of the wheel covers. This trait can be seen on
a couple of examples, particularly the much photographed “A186”.
The “office” looks well appointed with separate framework for the
interior structure. This is backed up with the usual instruments,
pressure pump, seat, rudder bar, control column and various body
cushions. In this scale, the modeller definitely has to add the internal
wiring and control cables that will be seen through the cockpit opening.
The propeller appears a little too long compared to the aforementioned
plans. If this bothers you, the area in question is the portion between
the paddle blades and the prop shaft.
It is clear that other versions of this monoplane are planned due to the
parts layout. One point to note is that the location of the air intake
pipe on the fuselage is for the 110hp engine of the “Type I”. This has
to be relocated further back to represent the kitted 80hp Le Rhone of
the “Type N”. Again, this is not hard for the builder to do.
The resin parts are excellent. They are well cast with no air bubbles or
distortion. The detail is up to the standard expected from this
manufacturer and their removal from the plugs should present no problem.
The larger parts represent the propeller and engine, while the smaller
items take care of the deflector plates, ammunition strips, instrument
casings and overhead rigging pulley.
A single photo etched fret accompanies the kit and the thin metal used
is quite flexible.
The engine “spider” is found here, as are the seat belts, instrument
bezels, perforated cockpit longerons, and rigging turn-buckles.
Naturally not all of these items have to be used and the latter items
(numbering 26 in total) will prove an interesting challenge.
Sadly lacking is the prominent MS logo that was always seen on both
sides of the front cowling. This will prove hard to replicate and it’s a
pity Special Hobby missed this essential item.
Two options are catered for on the decal sheet and my example was in
Morane Saulnier N “MS 391” is a
machine thought to have been photographed at Dunkerque. Pictures
taken at the time clearly show a coloured outline that surrounded
the elevators of many of these machines. Remember to include this as
it is not mentioned in the painting instructions. The same is true
regarding the top of the fin.
Morane Saulnier N “MS 394” has always
been a popular choice with kit manufactures.
Aside from omitting the previously mentioned outlining, Special
Hobby decided to represent this aircraft without any fuselage
striping. Should you wish to include it; some decal strip will
easily solve that problem.
A monoplane such as this is the perfect way to start your collection
of large scale World War I fighters. The single wing will mean none of
the alignment problems inherent in the usual aircraft of this period.
This kit contains all the essentials for the modeller to complete a
quality example of the Morane Saulnier N. The large scale will allow
plenty of scope for extra detailing and yet the finished article will
still fit easily on the model shelf.
Now where’s my hobby knife?
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2006 by Rob
Page Created 16 May, 2006
Last updated 15 May, 2006
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