This was a different kind of build. The kit is from Revell of Germany, but it’s a rebox of a previous kit from another manufacturer and it’s not a Tamiya style kit.
The plastic is very grainy not smooth at all, like a limited production kit. The main gear wheel bays are not boxed in at the rear and the engine intake is open and empty too. The decals are very thin and didn’t have much glue on them at all. Setting solutions had no effect on them, so I removed them as they silvered really bad. If I run across this brand again I will really put them on a super glossy surface.
Other types of manufacturers decals may be thicker but not as fussy about the surface,and setting solutions work better. Having said that the kit went together nice, there were a number of sink marks that were shallow but in hard places to fill. Also because of the pebbly finish filling them would have smoothed out the areas in the plastic and it would have looked strange then. I could have sanded the whole thing but the detail would have disappeared. The detail was as good as it could be for the compound curves that make up the fuselage of the Reaper. I made some mistakes and should have put a deeper gloss coat on it. I’ll build another someday but I’ll use aftermarket decals for sure.
1/48th Bf109 for scale of the Reaper, it’s bigger than I thought!
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