Heritage Aviation's Voodoo and Fisher Models RB-51 Red Baron (Links go to the direct links on the manufacturers websites if you're interested).
Those of you who have seen Heritage's kits/conversions in the past probably found something wrong with the casting or quality; i know i had multiple items they sold and all had resin shrinkage problems, big air bubbles or incomplete castings, etc. I am VERY happy to say that i can find none of these problems here! Fisher's Mustang has been reviewed in multiple places and most of you are familiar at least indirectly with the quality of his kits. Both of these kits are based off of kits build by the same guy (Nick Turner? name slips me...) So here we go:
Boxes: the Baron comes in a standard Fisher-style box and packing with lots of tissue paper. Voodoo comes in a smaller box and is not well packaged inside, however the kit was shipped with a metric ton or shredded paper in the shipping box and everything arrived across the Atlantic in great shape. I do like that I can actually see what kit is in the Voodoo box from more than a few feet away!
Voodoo: Fuselage is molded in halves with several giant locating pins. There's a little bit of flash on the underside but dry fitting shows that if there was any shrinkage, it was even and fit will be *perfect* when the flash is cleaned up. The locating pins are spot on. Very happily impressed with how much Heritage has stepped up their quality.
Red Baron: One-piece fuselage though the lower fuselage with air scoop is separate. Dry fitting shows that this will be an annoying area to fill/sand.
Interesting to note that the Fisher fuselage has recessed panel lines and the Heritage has panel lines represented by a decal sheet (more on this later). Both kits have separate flaps and elevators but ailerons and rudders are molded in place.
Here are the main parts for Voodoo
Fuselage comparison - Fisher on top, Heritage on bottom. Notice difference in length. I haven't looked at dimensions of these two modified racers so I cant/wont comment on accuracy but I'm willing to bet they're near perfect.
Now this I just found amazing - the similarity and quality of both moldings is evident here - the heritage wing fits the fisher kit perfectly!
Gear bay detail is nearly identical on both kits. Quite nice. Heritage wing is still on fisher fuselage in this shot. The gap at the front of the wing join will be about the same on the correct fuselage for voodoo. Fisher wing will fit better to this fuselage in this respect.
Edited by seiran01, 19 July 2012 - 02:02 AM.