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in post-war service


MAC 1/72

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: DUX SPAD kit No. 72050
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 43 parts in tan coloured plastic; 11 etched parts on one brass fret, decals for four aircraft, and 4 A4 double sided pages with history, two sets of five view plans, parts plan, build instructions and marking diagrams.
Price: USD$16.46  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very popular and significant aircraft, well moulded and detailed, optional skis included in kit.
Disadvantages: Many of the etched parts are very small, not for the novice.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Glen Porter

Mac's 1/72 scale DUX SPAD in post was service is available online from Squadron.com



The Spad VII was one of the most successful biplanes of the First World War and its use continued well after the war.

This version of MAC's 1/72 scale SPAD VII kit covers the aircraft in its post war period as used by Russia and Finland. Two of the four aircraft can be built with either wheels or skis.

Judging from the sprues, itís hard to tell if this is a short run kit or not. The parts are delicately formed and some are quite small. There is a small amount of flash but not enough to cause concern and the gates are what you would expect from one of the mainstream companies.



The decals, printed by MPD, are glossy, have minimal carrier film and perfect register. They cover three Russian and one Finnish aircraft and the colours are called out during construction on the instruction sheet. There is a rigging diagram and it shows everything except the rigging lines for the skis, so you may have to just fudge it in this area!

The etched fret covers the usual suspects - seat belts, rudder peddles, instrument panel [no acetate for instruments] and other small parts. Personally Iím not a big fan of etched brass but many people are, and itís for those modellers that this kit is aimed.



This kit is up to the standard of companies like Roden and Eduard as far as 1/72 scale biplanes are concerned. I recommend Mac's 1/72 scale SPAD VII in post-war service to anyone experienced with multimedia WWI kits.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 14 September, 2004
Last updated 14 September, 2004

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