“Armee de l'Air”
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby SH72049
mid-grey plastic parts on two sprues, 19 resin parts on ten
pour blocks, 7 PE parts on one fret, 2 vac-formed canopies
(one spare), decals for two aircraft plus an 8 page
instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 6 build
diagrams and 2 pages of paint/decal drawings.
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
interesting subject, high quality resin and decals.
||Lacks detail in wheel
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Vengeance is available online from
The French were the first to order the Vultee Vengeance but by the time
they reached Europe, France had been over-run. The order was taken up by
the British but because of the failure of the Stuka in response to
modern fighters (BOB), they deemed it not suitable for ETO use. They
were therefore shipped out to the Far East where they performed quite
well. Similarly, the Royal Australian Air Force, desperate for aircraft
of any type, received quite a few under Lend Lease which they used
successfully against Japanese forces in the islands north of Australia.
This is not the first Vengeance that Special Hobby have released so I
went looking in Hyperscale's Aircraft Kit Review section for a previous
review and to my surprise, found none. There are, however, some update
sets reviewed for this aircraft from Pete's Hanger, an Australian
manufacturer, but they are aimed mostly at the older Frog kit.
Until Special Hobby brought their Vengeances out, the only kit to be had
of this aircraft was the old Frog kit in all its guises. Basically
accurate in shape, it lacked detail as you would expect from a kit of
that age. No sooner had Pete released his update sets than out popped
the Special Hobby offerings. Always the way, isn't it?
The first one, I believe, came with RAAF and RAF Far East markings. The
second, with USAAF markings and this is the third.
This is basically the same as the earlier kits with only the decals
being changed. The plastic is very well moulded with fine panel detail,
very good resin mouldings and a small PE fret with just 7 parts, 5 cowl
flaps and 2 engine side vents.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Most of the interior is one piece with separate seats, armour, machine
gun and other small bits. A resin engine is included with resin prop
hub, under carriage fairings, exhaust and various scoops.
Decals, by Aviprint, are very nice with good colour density, register
and minimum carrier film. Markings are supplied for two aircraft in US
colours from 1943 when the French finally got the aircraft.
This kit is far superior to the old Frog kit and far cheaper than the
Frog kit with Pete's Hanger updates. The only area I could find lacking
detail was the wheel wells but I think the Pete's Hanger detail set for
the wheel wells can be used on this kit.
Most of the Australian aircraft used twin 50. cals in the rear seat but
they are not supplied in any of the Special Hobby kits. The twin gun
does come in Pete's Up-Dated interior set but I don't know if you can
buy them separately.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
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