1/48 Curtiss-Wright CW-21B
This is a limited edition kit by Dora Wings that was produced for IPMS Netherlands. The kit is generally well fitting and nicely detailed with fine recessed panel lines. The canopy is crystal clear but is a one piece part. I found masks for the canopy did not fit well and due to the dome shape of the upper canopy they also would not adhere well. I used Myjor tape for masking on mine. There also is a canopy frame on the dome centerline that is missing so I added one. The kit decals are well done but the black border on the triangle markings are incorrect. The border should be the same size no matter the size of the triangle. The fuselage one is too narrow and the underwing is too wide. I used the kit fuselage triangle applied over a slightly larger one sourced from an old Aeromaster decal, 48-031 Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force, That effectively made the border a more correct width. I used some triangles that had a more correct width from the same sheet. for the underwings. The 4 gun blast tubes and pitot head were done with Albion brass tubing and the fin navigation clear lights were added from my spares box. Engine was detailed using lead wire for the ignition ring and wires. The unusual tinted canopy dome was sprayed with Tamiya clear orange. Wires were done using stretched sprue.
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