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I'm part-way through building it and enjoyed doing the fuselage section
on 29 July 2017
This is one of those old Airfix kits where you can't help muttering ffs to yourself. That's partly out of exasperation, but also because there seems to be no end to the fill,fill, sand.
I'm part-way through building it and enjoyed doing the fuselage section, reinforcing the weak and dodgy Blue Steel bombay, and have quite enjoyed the remedial work that is necessary, especially to the ill-fitting air intakes and along the seams where the two slightly warped fuselage halves join. But when it came to connecting the wings, the fit was absolutely atrocious, with huge (and I mean huge) gaps between the wing roots and the fuselage. Achieving the correct angles has been a challenge too, because the connecting stubs are poorly defined and very short. However, I've got them on now, and have begun the long job of filling and sanding but it's a disappointment which is compounded by the equally poor fit of the wheelbay hatches on the undersides; they're awful too (I'm making it 'wheels up').
I'm tempted to give it only two stars due to the poor fit issues but it's such a beautiful plane, and Airfix clearly did what it thought was right when it moulded it in the first place. The problem is, the tooling seems to be so worn now, that the kit will eventually be withdrawn. As as it's the only 1;72 scale version on the market at the moment, that will be a shame.