AA 1/48 F-7E (Chinese fighter)
April 8, 2014 in Aviation
This was a crude kit, but little flash and not much putty work. The price was right (on sale), and I was fairly pleased with the build. The quality was that of a early 80’s kit, that is to say, simple, with not much detail.
At first I was going to go for the “demonstration team” scheme, and had it almost all masked off. While the decals were good, they certainly were not plentiful. The stripe that ran down the fuselage was awkward looking, to say the least, and there was no decal for it. While checking on-line reference, I could find very little on this demo team scheme. I did find one in all white (or so it appeared), so off came the masking, and on with the “white” scheme.
I added a few of the “extra’s”, that were not on the demo aircraft. There were all sorts of “extras”. Bombs, rocket pods, etc., all the same crude quality as the kit. One minor complaint was that the “cups” that the landing gear fit into was too shallow, making the struts flimsy and easily knocked off, using regular model cement.
All in all, it’s a decent sized model, and looks like a Mig-21 with a “cranked” wing. There were no major headaches, and it looks fine next to it’s two seat “brother”,the AA FBC-1 (“Soaring Flying The Leopard”), from the same company.
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