15 years ago
I had never heard of this company before picking up two kits at
Wal-Mart. They may look at first glance like a snap-together kit, but
at anything but. They do have screws to hold the fuselage and wings
together, but they are not snap-together. If I were to buy a kit for
a young modeler starting out I would buy one of these. The parts are
well marked, packaged and not so small or numerous as to daunt a young
modeler starting. Yet, as a non-airplane kind of guy they are well
made enough to enjoy putting them together and painting.
I have put together the Macchi C.202 Folgore to the point of priming
it. The fit, for a $10 model was satisfactory. I had to fill the
screw holes, but that was about it. The interior of the cockpit is
well detailed and the pilot pre-painted. Note that non-figure
painters out there. As my workshop is currently in a state of
complete disorder as a result of a remodel, I have not finished it,
but it is an OK kite.
I got two more kits, the 109 and the Corsair at Wal-Mart the other day
and I have to say they look a lot like the Folgore: well molded and
free of flash. The plastic is fairly thick and heavy, but that lends
itself to a kit this size. In this case the pilot is not painted, but
the cockpit interior looks pretty good. The panel lines look a little
thick, but then again, you can't have everything.
There are decals for three different aircraft and good instructions.
The aircraft I know about are:
Corsair F4U-1 A/D
Macchi C.202 Folgore
A6M2 Zero Type 21
The only one I do not have is the Stuka. The smaller aircraft get
more difficult for me to work on all the time, so I have not tried any
for a while, but these larger and very reasonably prices kits are very
easy to work on and come out looking like, well, airplanes. Some may
quibble about inaccuracies and such, but the bottom like is that these
appear to be fairly good representations of the subjects. The screws
put me off at first, but after assembling one I can appreciate the use
of screws as it makes for a very solid build. You still need lots of
good old model glue.
I would love to hear others' experiences with this new entry into the