1/48 Firefly FR.4
This is the recent Special Hobby kit finished as a Dutch Navy example based in New Guinea. These were the last Fireflies in service anywhere, and were replaced by Hawker Hunters in 1962. The model assembles extremely well and really puts Special Hobby on the verge of joining main -line manufacturers. The wheel well is one giant piece of nicely cast resin, as are the exhausts, and the rocket rail blast plates are photo-etch. Everything else in the kit is plastic. The rear canopy fit very well, unlike the pilot’s canopy. It needed some careful trimming, brute force, and CA glue to get it to fit. Both canopies had some imperfections molded into the clear plastic. These were the biggest problems with the kit. I painted it with Xtracolor and Humbrol enamels. I added Eduard seat belts and pirated two 250lb. British bombs from an Eduard Spitfire to hang on the bomb pylons. The pylons are included in the kit, but I had to modify shackles from some Eduard Mig-21 parts. Finally, I used a pair of Roy Sutherland’s outstanding Barracudacast resin wheels.
This is an extremely enjoyable kit and I have another started and a third in the stash. These two will become a BPF Mk.I and a Korean War RAN FR.5
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