Thank you Kev for your welcome. Yes I read your review and some on other sites and they all had been very positive about this kit.
But I was a bit disappointed after having a closer look. Yes it looks great in the box and most of the resin casts are exquisite. But I feel more could have been done with the surface finish. The real air frame is covered in dome head rivets on the fuselage and wings and none are represented on the model. Fly managed that on their recent Hurricane release.
But what really looks wrong to me is the overdone effect of the corrugated sheet metal on the flying surfaces. Here is a comparison of the original and the same section on the kit.
The model has 12 corrugations between the dividers and the original has close to 50! And the rivets are as noticeable as the corrugation but missing.
Not much can be done about this and the "effect" is most likely ok from a distance. But I will add HGW positive rivets at least to the fuselage. I am sure an attractive model can be made from this kit and I do my best to achieve this.
Maybe it is appropriate to introduce myself first. I am originally from Switzerland, but made Australia my home for the last 33 years. Aviation was part of all my live, starting making scale models in my teens during the early seventies. In Australia I worked as a free lance aviation photographer traveling the world doing work with many air forces.
But unfortunately I don't get younger so I discover scale modelling a year ago after a brake of 33 years. I finished my first two models last year - a 1/48 scale Spitfire and Hurricane (both new tool Airfix kits) which was appropriate as it was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Both models are riveted and I used the HGW rivets on the Hurricane
Currently I am working on a 1/48 Hawker Typhoon, P-47M, P-40K and Yak-1b plus several 1/72 scale kits.
But as I said, this will be my first 1/32 scale model which will be an "in between" build of the several builds I have going, so updates may be a bit infrequent.
One thing is sure. There are lost of peaces just to build the Mercury engine and cockpit.
So I better get cracking.