Hobby Boss 1/48 MV-22 Osprey
Subject: MV-22 Osprey, USMC
Kit: Hobby Boss 1/48 (81769)
Accessories: Caracal (48164)
Helicon Focus (focus stacking)
I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this kit. It is fairly pricey, especially since I bought it right after it came out. So, given the price, I expected a little more. I’m not sure how it compares to the Italeri kit but it would be an interesting comparison.
The kit is well engineered with the option of posing the wing in folded or extended position (it is movable and fits perfectly) as well as the option of posing the engines in any position from horizontal to vertical position. However, the engines do not stay in place so the modeller has to choose the position and glue the engines in place. I kept mine in place with blue tack for the photos. Hobbyboss missed an opportunity here - I would have liked to have seen poly caps used to hold the engines in any position and to allow switching out of the fully extended props and the folded versions. Both are included and can be built up but there are only two spinners so those have to be disassembled when switching out the props.
Fit is hit and miss and I had to do a fair amount of filling, sanding and re-scribing. The worst example is the windscreen which is a very poor fit - I had to fill the gaps with super glue and blend the canopy into the fuselage. In the process, I obliterated all the rivet and framing detail from the canopy which is a shame since it was nicely done. There is also an overall lack of surface detail and the engraved panel lines and rivets are a bit soft in my opinion. After applying a wash, the recessed details won’t hold it very well - a light touch was needed.
The decals are very nice but a little boring. I opted for the Caracal set because the tail art is very eye catching. The kit decals went down ok but didn’t stick well. Caracal’s decals were no problem at all.
To conclude, this kit isn’t outstanding in any way but it does, in my opinion, build into a nice representation of the Osprey. The cool factor is very high with this unique aircraft and it looks great on the shelf. If I were to do it all over, I would re-scribe all the panel lines, not just those lost to seam filling and sanding.
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