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Czechoslovak, Russian and Belgian marking


Special Hobby, 1/48

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Catalogue Number: Kit No. SO48031 -  Spad S.VII C1 “Czechoslovak, Russian and Belgian marking”
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 41 plastic parts; 12 parts in resin; 18 photo-etched parts on one fret; markings for three aircraft
Price: USD$29.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good detail, flawless resin, useable photo-etched parts, decals in perfect register
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner

Special Hobby's 1/48 scale SPAD S.VII C.1 is available online from Squadron.com



This is another incarnation of the Special Hobby Spad S.VII C1, this time in the markings used by Czechoslovakia, Russian and Belgian.

There is certainly a lot of kit for your money here. Two sprues of grey coloured plastic are supplied that contain a total of 41 plastic parts.

To cater for the various options and some of the finer detail, 12 resin items are provided.

A photo-etched fret gives the modeller an extra 18 parts to play around with and the vac-formed windscreens, and decal sheets complete the package.


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The plastic parts exhibit very fine detail with only a little bit of flash to clean up. The wings are especially nice with subtle rib representation and sharp trailing edges. The airframe is representative of a de Marçay built machine, the prominent features being the large port access hatch below the cockpit and one smaller one on the starboard side near the tail.

Two plastic and one resin radiator is provided, the latter “shuttered” example being for the Czech option.

Other polyurethane parts include the seat/bulkhead, cockpit sides, floor, and firewall which all combine to form a nice “tub” that is sandwiched between the fuselage halves.

The characteristic cockpit shelf is also in this medium as is the instrument panel and upper engine covering.


The photo-etched fret supplies all the fiddly bits that are too difficult to mould in plastic, such as seatbelts, aileron bell cranks, various cockpit items and gun sight.

There are a number of General Arrangement drawings available and all seem to differ slightly in their outlines. One should always be wary of “just” laying the pieces on top of the ink work but when measured, the fuselage does appear to be slightly short in length. The offending area seems to be from behind the cockpit to the leading edge of the tailplane. Fortunately this does not detract from the overall look of the completed aircraft.

A couple of vacuum formed pieces of clear plastic give the modeller the variety of windscreens to cater for the different options. These were nicely done and my examples were crystal clear.

The instruction sheet gives a basic idea of where everything should go but the box art will have to be consulted for additional rigging details.





These decals are as you would expect them to be from this company. They were in perfect register and have some of the thinnest carrier film you are likely to see. Despite the apparent fragility, I have never had a problem applying them.

Two sheets are supplied containing markings for 3 aircraft, as the title of the kit suggests. It might as well be four because one of the aircraft can be done in two ways depending on the time of service the modeller wishes to depict.

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Option 1

Spad S. VII C1, s/n 11405, Czechoslovakian Air Force, 1922

This is the aircraft as it appeared in 1922 in the above country’s air service. The only decoration on its camouflaged sides was the serial number, and the national markings were applied in the usual six locations.

If the modeller prefers, this aircraft can also carry the roundels that were present until September 1921. These are also provided on the decal sheet.

Option 2

Spad S. VII C1, s/n 11405, Czechoslovakian Air Force, 1924

Here we have the same aircraft a couple of years later but this time wearing the symbol of Air Regiment No.1.

Option 3

Spad S. VII C1, flown by Sous-Lt Charles Ciselet of the 5éme Escadrille Belge, 1917.

This aircraft carries the unit’s comet emblem in red and white on the fuselage sides. Additionally it wears two fuselage bands for the individual pilot’s marking and these were also finished in the above colours.

Note that this aircraft carries dark green upper surfaces over the usual yellowish base colour.

Option 4

Spad S. VII C1, flown by Aleksandr Kozakov, 19th Corps Detachment, 1917.

Kozakov’s machine was finished in a single colour of “yellowish-grey” and had the black skull and cross bones painted on a white rudder. A nice touch is that the marking is supplied with and without the background colour, thus easing the painting for some. The front cowl wears stripes in two colours and these are assumed to be in blue and gold, the colours of his former cavalry unit. Some publications prefer blue and red.

Kozakov scored 20 victories although none were in this aircraft. He preferred to fly a Nieuport 17 so Esaul Shangin used to fly it on many occasions. In fact Shangin was shot down in this machine in September 1917 fighting the Austro-Hungarians.

As an aside, this is the same Kozakov who lowered an anchor, with gun cotton attached, from his Morane Saulnier G. This was done in an effort to entangle it around an enemy aircraft to blow it up!

When he did try this in combat, all he succeeded in doing was ramming the Albatros C type aircraft and fortunately was lucky enough to land his crippled bird. The other aircraft was not so lucky and was seen “falling like a stone”. This was his first victory.





With the great variety of markings that the aircraft was finished in, it is not surprising that Special Hobby should release this kit.

Good use is made of the various mediums and everything is provided to allow the modeller to build a good-looking example of this important fighter.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Robert Baumgartner
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