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Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury

DevilFish
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15 Feb 2018 07:37 #1

Latest off the Airfix presses, the Sea Fury.

Box shot...
2018-02-14_10-07-33 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

First the sprues
20180214_220329 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20180214_220343 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20180214_220358 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20180214_220412 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20180214_220423 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

Decal options. HMS Glory, or the RN historical flt
20180214_220432 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

Instructions are standard modern Airfix, clear and well laid out.
20180214_220443 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

A good selection of stores are provided. Rockets, bombs, leaflet bombs, 3 different size drop tanks, and one with a clear front (camera?)
20180214_220505 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20180214_220500 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

Now the bad bit. A lot of these kits have been sent out with short shot tail fins. Not a major issue, as a bit of filler will repair it. I was told mine was ok, but after opening the bags I found it was the same as many others. Like I say, it's not a major issue in my book, but others have been incensed by it...
2018-02-14_10-08-53 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

In my opinion, it looks like a great kit of the Hurricanes great (?) grandson, and last of the great piston engine fighters. Good cockpit detail, options for open or folded wings, and a whole host of stores.
Surface detail is what we have come to expect from Airfix, other than a few raised rivets on the tail, which aren't there on the real thing.
All in all, I give it a big thumbs up!

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mac1677
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15 Feb 2018 07:48 #2

Thanks, great review :cool

IMO the decal options offered in this and the export version are all to similar, there were lots of Sea Fury users perhaps they could have offered a Morrocan version just to shake things up? This minor issue (IMO) wont stop me from buying a couple of the kits, thats what aftermarket decals are for :blink:
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DevilFish
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15 Feb 2018 07:52 #3

I must admit, I agree with you on the decal front. Although I only do British military for this sort of thing, to me the RN historical Flt option was a waste.
It'll be nice to see if anyone does a 2 seat conversion for it sometime.
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15 Feb 2018 09:13 #4

Thanks for the review. 1/48 is a good scale for the kit.
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Mark M
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15 Feb 2018 09:16 #5

Be interested to see how it copares to the trumpy kit, prices is similar
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15 Feb 2018 09:32 #6

Not seen the Trumpeter kit in the plastic, but I doubt it has so many options.
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Mark M
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15 Feb 2018 09:50 #7

I've got one in the stash, when I'm back ill dig it out for comparison
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15 Feb 2018 11:01 #8

A quick look on line shows that, as usual the Trumpy kit has rivet detail, which the Airfix kit lacks. Personally that's something I don't like about current Airfix kits.
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Olde Farte
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15 Feb 2018 11:23 #9

A nice review thanks but I read in Hyperscale that the gunsight is missing and some are short moulded in the fin area.
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peebeep
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15 Feb 2018 11:33 #10

The gun sight is missing, there is one on the Eduard PE set (I was going to buy the Eduard set in any case for the trick panels).

There is also a potential short shot on the cowling ring that fits over the exhaust stubs. The little aerodynamic fairings that cover part of the stubs are short shot on some kits.

Agreed about the decal options, although I think the RNHF scheme will be popular. Anybody looking for export versions might want to hang on buying a kit until the kit is re-released later this year with three export options.







You never know, they might have the moulding problems sorted by then.
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DevilFish
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15 Feb 2018 12:05 #11

As you can see in my photo above, the amount missing from the fin is minimal. I have heard of a few with a couple of mm more missing around the edge, and some with less. Not heard about the cowling ring issue though.

A missing gunsight is hardly a problem. It's probably because they used the RNHF one to measure maybe? I doubt that one has a gunsight. Easy enough item to find in the spares box, or scratchbuild.

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Olde Farte
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15 Feb 2018 13:19 #12

Evidently someone on BM has this as a solution for the gunsight. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/QB48581
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peebeep
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15 Feb 2018 13:31 #13

The cowling ring problem is difficult to spot, I was specifically alerted to it and checked out my own kit, which exhibits the problem.





I will probably fix it with some gel cyano blasted with kicker and filed to shape. It was suggested to me another fix would be to cut off the fillet and replace with spare PE shim cut to shape, which is not a bad idea.

My fin short shot is less bad than yours!



I will probably use the same fix, gel cyano, or maybe Milliput. I don't wish to turn this into a big deal, but punters should be aware of potential issues with the kit, which is otherwise rather splendid in my view. Airfix have been let down (once again) by poor QC at the factory, the dimples in the runners as well as the short shots would suggest that the problems are down to machine operation.
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Olde Farte
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15 Feb 2018 13:46 #14

Says a lot about quality control though doesn't it, that's if it even exists nowadays.
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Mark M
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15 Feb 2018 13:57 #15

As things stand ill stick to my trumpy one
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15 Feb 2018 17:56 #16

Full marks to Airfix for a really beautiful model. I would rather have a couple of little issues like the ones above than not have the kit because of the rivet counting crowd. Thank goodness we don't do that here as it gets really old on other sites. As far as the gun-sight I can only guess the reaction when someone pointed it out at Airfix (you can almost hear Homer Simpson now). The ONLY nit pick I have is the fact that it's in 48th! Come on Airfix, shrink down the Jav, Vic and Fury to "Man Scale"! Ah, well, some day... Cheers! FTOSOTP
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mac1677
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16 Feb 2018 07:21 #17

That is a cracking looking kit, I just may have to get hold of a couple...and some aftermarket decals :whistle :whistle
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DevilFish
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16 Feb 2018 07:36 #18

I had a look at mine last night, and the cowling is short shot, but to such a minor extent, that I wouldn't have noticed.

Definitely have to get rid of those rivets though....
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Olde Farte
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16 Feb 2018 09:23 #19

A nice review, thanks.
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tc2324
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16 Feb 2018 14:04 #20

Looking at those dinks in the kit I can honestly say I usually do that kind of damage while cutting bits off the sprue...... :laugh:

Nice little review Paul, a few whif`s spring to mind as well.

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