S.B.S. Models 1:72 Macchi Mc72 “world Speed record”
i do apologize for no in progress pics, but in truth there was nothing of interest to report. i have to say these were some of the finest resin moldings i’ve ever worked with. the cowling and surface radiators are exquisite.
Fit was excellent, especially the float supports. there was zero trouble attaching the floats to the fuselage.
interior is well detailed, what can be seen, with P.E. for the I.P., belts and control levers.
Fuselage, wings and tail surfaces were assembled separate from the floats, which were assembled with their supports, all to ease painting.
my main interest was to depict the surface radiators with more depth then i see in many other builds. they are usually shown as a monochromatic brass color. first step was to prime with Mr. Color Finishing surfacer 1500 black. the radiators were masked off then the airframe was painted with Tamiya Rattle-can lacquer gloss “Italian Red”, decanted into my airbrush.
Once dry the masks were removed from the radiators, then i masked around them. i first drybrushed Mr. Metal Color Aluminum, followed by Mr. Metal Color Brass. Lastly i did a light drybrushing with Humbrol copper. i was quite happy with the results. The front cowling is Mr. Metal color brass and the prop is alclad aluminum. no clear coat was used. Decals were applied, some panel lines were picked out with a black-brown artist oil wash.
once assembled i used S.B.S models P.E. rigging set. the one problem i encountered was with the rigging. After rigging the Macchi on a hot night here in Montrose California i awoke the next morning to find the top wing rigging sagged. the only thing i can think if that when the resin cooled the distance between the wings and fuselage decreased. sure enough, after placing the Macchi in the sun the P.E. rigging lost it’s sag
S.B.S models 1/72 Loire 210 is being produced soon and i’ll definitely be purchasing that one.