Falcon's 1/48 scale vacform
by Hank Gruben
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This is the Falcon 1/48 scale Supermarine
If one should chose, this stunning but unusual subject is a great way to
attempt a vanishing form of modelling – The Vacuform kit.
I received this kit via auction from my
favourite model store and was surprised at the quality of the vacuformed
sheet that contained ALL the parts. Yup, one sheet about 10x12 inches
holds all the parts needed for this kit. I also got a bag full of white
metal parts (Ejection seat, wheels, landing gear, et al.) and usable
When I build a vac kit, I score around the parts and leave about 1
millimeter around so that when I start the sanding process, I know when
I’ve gone far enough when the edge starts to get thin and that extra
millimeter gets sanded off.
Lets see, I used the instrument panel and part of the white metal seat
but everything else in the cockpit was scratch built. The undercarriage
bays and bay doors were also scratched, the tail hook bay and hook were
scratched, the wing gun port and such were scratched…
Hmm. Other than that, it was built straight out of the box (snicker).
Editor's Note - actually it comes in a bag...
The entire plane was painted in Vallejo
color acrylic colors referenced from the Royal Navy colors in action
paint chips. The decals were a mish mash because although the kit decals
are usable, there aren’t many of them.
The entire model was given a semi-glossing and the bits like the aerial
under the nose and the pitot were added.
Falcon really does make a great set of vac kits for the price…
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