It’s always nice to have new-tooled kits of classic ones and that’s the case here from Airfix.
The sprues have well detailed, often very delicate parts that look impressive – this is quite a simple kit in terms of parts count and the low-price reflects this. The panel line detail is quite fine, although there aren’t that many panel lines on the Tiger Moth! Maybe slightly heavy for the scale but very presentable and sharp and bearing in mind the type has little in the way of panels is fine. There is no discernible flash visible but some of the smaller parts have small tabs that will clearly need to be removed carefully, for example the wing struts. I have encountered these before and they are able to be removed easily enough using a sharp scalpel.
Moving onto the main parts like the fuselage and wings these are nicely tooled and look to have a pretty accurate shape. The upper and lower wings have the dihedral built into them and this will make construction easier, especially if you are less confident building biplanes.
The cockpit has decals for the main instrument panels and this is ideal in this scale, with a seat that’s simple and will be enhanced by the addition of a scratched or etched seat harness. Some detail is moulded into the fuselage side and, again, this is fine for the scale; a nice touch is the option for a pair of open access doors.
I really like the finesse of some smaller parts like the exhaust pipes. The propeller and engine cowl are neatly tooled.
The Tiger Moth has two very small clear windscreens and these are clear and well formed.
You get one scheme with the kit, G-ACDC from The Tiger Club, Headcorn Aerodrome, Ashford, Kent, England, 2013.
SMN Quick summary Star rating out of 5
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