Just landed on my front porch
Special Hobby announced they were doing the Whirlwind in 1/32 two years ago. The kit was delayed by The Past Godawful Year, and has now been released. I’ve been awaiting its arrival with bated breath.
It was worth the wait.
This is without a doubt the best kit of the Whirlwind released by anyone to date. The kit has beautiful surface detail with both raised and engraved rivets and panels, all done in a very petite manner. The cockpit is fully detailed and caters to both early and late production details. Bombs and racks are provided for a “whirlibomber,” though none of the four markings options would cover that role. The markings include four options, all from 263 Squadron – two in Dark Earth/Dark Green/Sky, and two in Mixed Grey/Dark Green/Sea Grey Medium; all come from the 1941-early 1942 period by the insignia. The two-piece canopy has a windscreen molded integral with the surrounding fuselage, which will guarantee no gaps. The kit does not include any photoetch and a modeler will have to source seatbelts in aftermarket.
Special Hobby will obviously release other options – airplanes from 137 Squadron, Whirlibombers, etc., as they always do to maximize the life of the molds.
The kit does not appear to be difficult and is relatively simple in overall design. Test-fitting parts shows things go together nicely, so a minimum of filler will be needed.
It hasn’t reached the major distributors yet. MSRP is around US$70.00
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