ICM’s new 1/32 Gladiator
I usually play safe and wait for a kit to be reviewed before buying, but having seen reviews of (or purchased) some of ICM’s recent kits, I thought I’d take the plunge.
The kit is presented in the usual ICM top-opening box with its separate card lid and a nice bit of artwork which will be familiar to those of us who’ve awaited this release. All I’ve done so far is take the plastic out of it’s bags – all the sprues are in one bag with the transparencies in a separate bag within the main bag, not as good as one bag per sprue, but better for the environment!
The surface detail is restrained but crisp, with a fair bit of engine and internal detail that looks like it will build nicely. All flying surfaces except landing flaps are separate, and the transparencies are thin and crystal clear. There’s no brass so I’ll need to get a Sutton harness from one of the usual sources.
The decals look quite good, in register but a little on the thick side and there’s limited variety in the schemes so I may have a look around for something aftermarket, but that said, the kit would still look good built straight out of the box.
In conclusion, can’t wait to make a start!
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