Review: Just arrived – Mikro-Mir 1/48 DeHavilland DH88 Comet
Just arrived an hour ago from Ukraine. $65 delivered via eBay.
I've long thought the DH88 Comet was one of the best-looking 1930s airplanes, and have wanted a 1/48 kit for a long time. Finally, Mikro-Mir delivers!
Looking through what's in the box, this is a typical Mikro-Mir limited-run kit. Not as advanced or "high-end" as other Ukraine-based kitmakers like Dora Wings, AMG, or Modelsvit, but if you're a modeler with experience in doing limited run kits that involve more than "assembling what's there," the result looks like it will be first-rate - which is pretty much the rule with the other Mikro-Mir kits.
Nice surface detail with restrained fabric detail on the control surfaces. Two really complete engines that would make this a prime candidate for a neat diorama (Jim Mollison and Amy Johnson dealing with their engine problem at Allahabad anyone?). If you don't opt for displaying the engines, you still need to do a basic assembly with the engines and mounts since you can see them through the air intakes (just paint the front end).
Detailed cockpit, but a lot of it is some pretty primitive p-e - time to bring out your collection of Evergreen plastic and do some minor scratchbuilding. Nice clear canopy and they provide the two-part option for G-ACSR.
Decals are nice - thin enough to go down, thick enough to cover without bleed-through. Markings for Grosvenor House, black Magic and G-ACSR.
Did I mention it's the only one out there in 1/48? I'm really glad the Ukraine guys are realizing there's this whole period from 1919-39 with a lot of interesting subjects.
If you know what you're doing with a limited-run kit, you can Buy. In. Confidence.
Photos of the parts are found over at Scalemates.