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Diecast Airplanes
1/72 Warplanes
SkyMax British

Type Fighter/Jabo
SkyMax item no. SM4002
Production run Unlimited

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014

Hawker Tempest NV724, Free French AF, No. 3 Squadron, July 1945, F/Lt. Pierre Clostermann, French highest scoring ace in WWII
Again, 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!

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