Coincidently I noticed this announcement on the Hannants site after
posting a grovel/petition thread here about a fictitious injection
molded release from a mainstream manufacturer. No price or details and
I have never seen a kit from this manufacturer. I poked around and saw
a review of a 1/72 Scimitar from Czechmaster. It looks pretty good but
it is an in the box preview so speaks nothing of fit, quality etc.
Does anyone here have any experience with these kits? It looks like it
would be an expensive one, as any all resin kit would be, so I don't
want to buy a couple of them and have it turn out to be a stinker. On
the other hand, anything is an improvement over the
Airfix/Matchbox/Frog vintage offerings unless it turns out to be a
useless hunk of resin. Opinions?
Sticking my neck out here as a small part of the R&D team for this kit...
First off, yes it'll be expensive, as all resin kits are. This is due to
the fact that the raw materials are v expensive and that this is a cottage
industry and not a mainline producer. It takes sales of 200 items just to
recover production costs!
There's been a lot of cooperation to research these aircraft, including
photographing the Duxford, Hendon and Bruntingthorpe aircraft, with cameras
being poked into all sorts of orifices (orifii?)
Any drawings from the AP's which have been deemed "useful" have been passed
to the pattern-maker, including undercarriage, speed bakes, wingfolds,
cockpit and the bomb bay...
As for CMR's previous efforts, just look at the reviews for the Wyvern,
which took the Gold Medal for short-run kits at last year's Nurnburg Toy
Bottom line? It'll be as good as the pattern maker can get it. Just bear
in mind that it is resin, it will take a modicum of modelling skill to
assemble and it will no doubt cost a bit more than a Hasejimiya kit. If it
proves popular, just wait for the major players to release an
injection-moulded version within a couple of years! See what Trumpeter and
Roden have coming on the back of the CMR Wyvern, the R&D for which played no
small part in the Classc Airframes kit as well...
Contact me off-line if you want more info!