Tempest NV724, Free French AF, No. 3 Squadron, July 1945, F/Lt. Pierre
Clostermann, French highest scoring ace in WWII
a most bodacious model, using any of the three major definitions for
that word. Already SkyMax is producing models in this scale that are
superior to both GeminiAces and Dragon. The two latter brands seem
to have gone by the wayside, due (I think and in my very humble opinion)
to their over-use of moveable control surfaces and canopies; and in
the case of Dragon, for parts that either didn't fit or waited in
line for a chance to fall off.
This model is excellent in every possible
way. The paint is well applied with no blows, the canopy and prop
fit snuggly, and the gear is sturdy (though the mains require a little
work to get lined up; to do this I use tacky clay, the type toy-soldier
collectors use to keep their little darlings from falling over and
chipping). My only complaint might be that I had to cut away the legs
and hips of the Hobby Master pilot to get it to fit under the canopy.
But, such is war!