Opening The Box! Copper State Models – Nieuport XXIII RFC 1/32
New Year’s Greeting iModellers!
It is always great to find a kit-shaped package on the doorstep. Today the postman left me one from Latvia!
Copper State Models changed hands a couple of years back, moving from Arizona to the Baltic. While it has been around for the best part of 25 years, the current company has been functioning for much less time.
The Lanchester armoured car in 1/35th scale is currently exceptionally popular and the Caudron G.IV (see Rob Pollock’s stunner on iM) is a gem in 1/48th.
Around 2018 CSM released it first 1/32nd kit. The French Nieuport fighter. That kit has been through a number of iterations and operators including Italian, Belgium and Russian versions (by boxing or decal pack). David Lane built a fantastic Nieuport in Belgian colours here on iM.
Overall then, CSM is very impressive. If after a year we are to accept that WNW is really gone (give or take a mould or two in the hands of other companies), CSM could easily fill that niche.
Anyway, CSM have now released a Royal Flying Corps Nieuport 23 and here’s a look at it! Not a sprue by sprue critique – just opening the box.
The box art is great.
The sprues (5 individually wrapped) are of different sizes and reminiscent of something that might previously have come from NZ! They look well-engineered with excellent detail and few faults. The part count is perfect – not overpowering!
Instructions come in the stylised form of a ‘secret dossier’ and are wonderfully well presented. The instructions are detailed and the illustrations are beautiful.
Decals are by Cartograf and look to be pretty much perfect. 5 marking choices are offered. Those of ‘Mick’ Mannock and ‘Billy’ Bishop will doubtless be very popular. A small photo-etch sprue for seatbelts is also provided.
As a thank you for pre-ordering a high quality print has been included. It is good enough to frame and will appear on my workshop wall soon!
While the proof is always in the building, enough has been said previously to really recommend this kit. Well done CSM! Now, about that Spad…