The Ryan "Fireball" isn't a famous combat aircraft, only 66 built just
at the end of W.W.II, but for anyone interested in Naval Aircraft it is
an example of the first efforts of Carrier Aviation to cope with the new
jet engine technology. "One turning and one burning"!
The bird has been done in 1/48 only in vac-u-form up to now, so the new
Czech Model release is very welcome to fans of U.S. Navy aircraft. Czech
Model gets better with each release. The box contains 3 sprues of
injection molded plastic parts, a bag of resin parts made by True
Details, a sheet of decals and two vac-u-formed canopies.
The resin bag includes the Wright R-1820 engine, wheel wells, cockpit
parts and a few smaller details. Be warned that some of the smaller
details in resin, like a set of control horns, will be a b---- to cut
off the mold blocks without breaking.
The plastic parts are cleanly molded and the engraved panel detail
looks excellent, if a bit light in some places. Some panel lines might
benefit from a pass with an Olfa P Cutter to make them a bit more
prominent, but that would be dependent on what looks good to the
Modeler. Decals cover one aircraft from VF-66 off the U.S.S. Ranger in
1945 and one from VF-1E off the U.S.S. Bairoko in 1946. Quality of
printing is excellent, looks like Micro-Scale may have made the decals.
The final touch was the inclusion of the Squadron "Mini In-Action" book
on the FR-1/F2R series. Here is a nice reference package right in with
the kit. The only other reference on the Ryan aircraft would be the
Naval Fighters series from Steve Ginter. If U.S. Navy aircraft are your
meat this is a nice addition to your collection. Czech Models
cooperation with Squadron distributors is filling in a lot of the gaps
in U.S. Naval aircraft. First the North American FJ-1, then Grumman's
"Goose", then Douglas "Skynight" and now the "Fireball". Keep up the
good work boys, how about a Grumman "Gosling" next??
- posted 16 years ago