Sikorsky R-4 / Hoverfly Mk.1
Special Hobby, 1/48
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SH48030 - Sikorsky R-4 / Hoverfly Mk.1 With Floats
|Contents and Media:
55 parts in grey
styrene, 1 vacform sheet, 15 pieces in cream colored resin,
20 etched metal piece and printed film for the instrument panels.
Markings for three aircraft.
USD$29.96 on line from Squadron.com
||FirstLook - In Box
offering of a pioneering aircraft.
Pips on clear
parts may be a challenge to clean up
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale Sikorsky R-4 / Hoverfly Mk.1 With Floats
is available online from Squadron
If there is one thing
you can count on from MPM's Special Hobby, itís the unusual!
With this in mind, you
won't be surprised to hear that the pioneering Sikorsky R-4/Hoverfly Mk
1 (with floats) is one of their latest releases.
The kit differs little
from Special Hobby's earlier Sikorsky R-4 boxing. In fact it comprises
the same plastic sprues and resin parts. The only areas in which it
differs is by the inclusion of a further plastic sprue that contains the
pontoon floats, the exhaust pipes, and the associated bracing to attach
the pontoons to the fuselage. The photo-etch sheet also differs from
the original in that it contains the 'lacing' for the pontoons as does
the decal sheet.
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So what do you get?
- 55 limited run
injection molded plastic pieces. The plastic is reasonably soft if
anything, a little brittle. As can be expected of a limited run
kit, the parts contain a fair amount of flash. Not really too much
of a problem really the plastic is soft and the flash is easily
cleaned up. Thankfully, no attempt has been made by Special Hobby
to try and replicate a 'canvas' texture to the sides of the
- 15 resin parts.
These look to have been produced by Airies so you know the detail is
crisp and plentiful. No pinholes or miscasts are evident in my
- 20 photo-etch
pieces. These look to be made from stainless steel so will require
some firm bending to assume the desired shapes.
- A vacuform sheet
that carries the forward fuselage/windscreen and side windows. This
part looks to be a bit of a bear as it has
moulding pips all over it that will require some delicate
cleaning up before use. Thankfully, none of these pips are on the
parts that have to remain clear. The other downside is that it is
moulded as left and right hand sides so
you will have to join it down the centre. Whilst the join is on a
frame line, it will still require a delicate touch to avoid damaging
the clear parts of the canopy.
- Decals for three
different options, two Royal Navy examples and a US Navy one. Not a
lot of colour here really as all three were finished in olive drab
over neutral grey with white letters or numbers squadron markings
and serials as well as national insignia
Packaging is via a
single heat sealed plastic bag containing the plastic sprues and the vac-form
The bag also contains
the assembly instructions, the etch-metal fret and the decal sheet that
are packed in there own heat sealed plastic bag and the resin parts in a
further separate zip-loc bag. All of these are then placed in a flimsy
open-end cardboard box.
instructions are simple line drawings of the 'exploded view' type. The
assembly instructions also contain a brief history of the machine as
well as a 'parts map' and painting instructions.
Be aware that that this
kit is of the 'limited run' variety and as such it requires the use of
modelling skills. The assembly instructions call for the fabrication of
several small lengths of stretched sprue to construct the tail rotor and
rotor mast, something you won't find in Tamiya or Hasegawa kits!
In summary though, this
is a nice kit from Special Hobby. All the ingredients are there. Just
add some time and patience and you will be rewarded with a nice kit of
an early helicopter.
Thanks to MPM / Special Hobby for the
kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 10 May, 2005
Last updated 10 May, 2005
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