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Best value 1/32 jet kit out there,
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This review is from: Revell 1:32 Scale Arrows Hawk (Red) (Toy)
A very good value kit. Although beset with Revell's usual moulding deficiencies (varying details, sink marks in the plastic and large ejector pin marks from the mould release process) this kit builds up into a very passable model of the current Red Arrows jet.
The cockpit detail is very basic but easy to construct, and fits together really well. The intake details are a bit rickety and don't fit the fuselage very well, but with careful alignment will fit acceptably, although there are gaps where the intake mouths fit around them on to the fuselage.
The wings and tail parts fit almost exactly with no significant gaps. If you make it wheels up for a flying display, the wheel covers sink into the wheelwells and need padding out from behind.
The biggest drawback to this model is the hard, brittle red plastic it's moulded in. Not only does this make painting difficult, it also makes it easy to damage the smaller parts removing them from the sprues. Take care!
The decals are nice, but the white ones are not very opaque, leaving some faint trace of the red colour underneath visible through the white. However, they fit the finished model very well, and there is some spare decal to patch any small slivers of gaps between the decals.
As an adult modeller, I don't rate Revell large-scale kits much above the toy level due to their fairly poor moulding and indifferent fit. However, this kit is an ideal large-scale starter product for the either the grown-up modeller or younger hobbyist, and all stops in between. For the price, it's the best value 1/32 jet kit you can find.