Supermarine Attacker from Trumpeter in 1/48 scale
Still keen on the Fleet Air Arm; I’ve just finished one of Trumpeter’s latest. The Attacker didn’t quite make its mark as noticeably as the USN Banshee & Panther although similar in performance. The tailwheel undercarriage wasn’t a great feature either. Nevertheless the Attacker has a place as it was the last of the line as far as Spitfire/Seafire derivatives were concerned, as it shared a wing design with the Seafang.
The kit is a good one, easy to build, with good parts fit & delicate surface detail. Trumpeter have, however failed to get the positioning of the horizontal stabiliser correct. A look at the many reference pictures on the web will show that the model would have you set the tailplane trailing edge at mid tailpipe level, whereas it should be some 4 mm. higher. The leading edge of the tailplane is also too low – about 2 mm. giving a most peculiar angle of attack. This is a comparatively easy fix & once completed I could find no further serious problems. Not wishing to be over critical, I should add that I enjoyed this build & it is a welcome addition to my fleet of Royal Navy aircraft. I hope you like it.
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