Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH 72094 Lockheed L-212 Electra Junior “with Gun Turret”
dark grey plastic parts on two sprues, 26 cream resin parts,
4 vac-formed clear parts plus 6 injection moulded clear
parts (side windows), decals for 3 aircraft and 12 page, A5
instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 11 build
diagrams and 4 paint/decal drawings.
USD$28.96 from Squadron.com
highly detailed, excellent resin and clear parts both vac-formed
||Cavity for dorsal
turret will have to be opened, not for beginners.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Electra Junior is available online from
This is not the Emilia Earhart aircraft, but
the military version as supplied to the Dutch East Indies Airforce in
1939/40. With a dorsal turret that could be partially retracted and
fitted with a 303 machine gun plus another 303 in a fixed position in
the nose and up to eight 100 pound bombs carried under the wing centre
section, the Dutch bought 36 of the 130 Electra Juniors built.
Special Hobby have already released the Lockheed Model 12 Electra
Junior (Earhart's aircraft) in fact I think I saw one presented here on
Hyperscale recently in her colours. Most of the parts in this kit are
the same except for the turret, cockpit canopy, decals and instructions.
All the major parts, fuselage, wings, engines, tailplane and
under-carriage, are in plastic with very fine engraved panel lines.
Cockpit interior, turret details, prop hubs, spinners and blades plus
other external bits are in resin with the level of detail we have come
to expect from this manufacturer.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
One of the uncertainties about MPM releases is whether
the clear parts will come injected or vac-formed. This kit gives you
both. Canopy and turret are vac-formed while the side windows come in
nice clear injection moulded plastic. There are two turrets (one spare)
and although there are two canopies, one is for the civilian Model 12
and not used here.
The only nit I could pick with this kit is the cavity for the dorsal
turret which has to be opened by the modeller although the instructions
do show you where and how big it should be. I would have preferred
Special Hobby to have it open and supply a plug for the hole if the
turret is not used but then that’s just me. Lazy.
While talking of the instructions, they're a bit confusing concerning
the turret options. They keep mentioning option “D” but it doesn’t have
The decals, by Aviprint have perfect register and give markings for
three aircraft, one, L208, in two different colour schemes, L205, in
over-all silver and a third which escaped to India and was given British
markings and serial.
I've got to hand it to MPM (Special Hobby), they keep coming up with
aircraft that other manufacturers wouldn’t bother with and giving them
Let's hear it for MPM.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 20 October, 2005
Last updated 06 November, 2005
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