Haunebu II Flying SaucerAfter the brouhaha, here it is. I picked up an alert from Facebook that Hobbycraft were stocking it, notwithstanding previous reports of the kit being withdrawn. There was one left on the shelf at my local Hobbycraft, so I grabbed it quick. There's not a lot to say about it really, so in the main I'll let the pictures do that talking. Obviously (or so you would have thought), this is a completely fictitious craft, seemingly inspired by Adamski ufology and very much similar in appearance to the Panamarenko sketches. It's quite possible Revell had the Iron Sky film in mind when they decided to issue this kit, but the saucer in the kit is quite a bit different from the Iron Sky CGI. The kit is actually a re-box of the Hand & Head kit released in 2014 (also it can be found in a Wave boxing from the same year). For the record there are 1/144 kits by Anigrand, Pegasus Hobbies and Unicraft, plus 1/72 kits by Bird Models, Squadron (two versions in separate issues), as well as the aforementioned Hand & Head/Wave and no Revell kits. Phew! Having said there's not a lot to say I've said quite a lot, so whilst in full-on chat mode let's get a few more things out of the way. There's no point in discussing accuracy, it's fictitious, but it does closely resemble a lot of the images you see of Adamski saucers, so if you want to bin the Luft '46 decals and build a model with little green men, the cosmos is the limit. The decals are very nicely printed and allow for two options that look quite credible (an important point for me personally in respect of whiffery) and I love that the artist had sufficient sense of humour to include 'Red 46' as one of the options. Nice one! The decals also include seat belts and panels for the interior. The kit is detailed and moulded very nicely, however a lot of the detail will be lost forever once it's cemented together, although the instructions indicate the roof of the saucer as 'do not cement' so that it can be removed for viewing the interior. Enough waffle, here's the pics.
Tamiya pot included for scale
I didn't think there'd be that many components, but the box is pretty much full of parts
Runner 'A'. The runners are in multiples as indicated. Parts enclosed in the yellow rectangles are not required
Runner 'B', two illustrated to show both sides of the parts
That's the plastic, here are the decals
Finally, some pages from the instructions in the now familiar colour booklet and the colour schemes
This is a difficult product to summarise. Luft '46/whiffery/space/sci-fi is a bit of a Marmite thing, you might love it, you might hate it. Over the last few years I've come to embrace anything that's off the wall and this definitely ticks that particular box. I can disregard it as Luft '46 because for me it's firmly in the space/sci-fi bracket, it just happens to come with Luftwaffe scheme whif options in this instance. The package itself looks to be very well executed and should provide some good bench time. A few will likely draw a sharp intake of breath at the RRP (GBP 50.00 in the UK), but you pays yer money and takes yer choice. One other thing in respect of cost, Revell list 18 paints required to finish in their scheme options, so that is something else to take into account, although many modellers will likely have a lot of the required colours on their paint racks. Recommended to hardcore space/sci-fi fans.
Review sample courtesy of my wallet.
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