Kit Ref: 03981
Price: Around 4.99 GBP (April 2014)
Review by Geoff Coughlin
Our thanks to Revell Germany for supplying our review sample. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/Revell
The Revell Kit
The box art is great and inviting but you have to be careful because the price of the kit and the contents would suggest otherwise. This isn’t a new kit, but a simple tooling of a much older offering, although I can’t be sure that it was an original Revell kit.
Nonetheless, we have another Focke-Wulf Ta152H available and that’s at least something, even though you are likely to need to put in some serious work to get a good finished project.
Box and contents
The box artwork is usually very good and it’s good here showing a Focke-Wulf Ta152H inflicting havoc on an Allied B-17 formation. Let’s go inside…
The light grey sprues are packaged well in the usual poly bag and no damage is apparent. Taking the main components first, they are clearly an old tooling with plenty of excess flash to clean away from almost all parts and the plastic feels quite hard and brittle. No distortion was apparent but a dry fit of the fuselage to wing join suggests some filling will be needed. Overall shape looks OK for an Fw Ta152. Moving to the wings, they are reasonable in outline shape and there are wheel wells.
The components feature raised panel lines and this may not impress all of you, or me but it was a sign of the times when first produced.
The cockpit is spartan when compared to references although does include a basic seat internal cockpit detail only bear a passing resemblance to the original and no instrument panel is included.
This kit sits in the pocket-money bracket and so it’s fair to say that the kit is surely aimed at the junior and novice market. Nothing wrong with that in principle, although a newer modeller fighting to get parts to fit can put someone off for life!
The clear parts are few and far between for the type and what there is seems cloudy and has plenty of excess flash. Not good.
The decals seem good, being newly created and manufactured. Certainly colour saturation and register is good and all markings are accurate and sharp in their detail. This is probably the best part of the package; good quality decals will make a world of difference to your completed model. Options for one aircraft are included.
Basically, if you are into small-scale modelling then this kit might be worth a look, especially as given the low price you could build a number in different markings by cross-kitting and mixing decals. If you’re prepared to spend a lot of time you might be able to get a half-decent result.
SMN Quick summary Star rating out of 5
|STAR RATING (out of five)
|Quality of moulding
|Level of details