Kopro 1/72 scale
Letov S 328
by Mark Davies
Letov S 328
scale Letov S 328 is available online from
Squadron (for less than USD$7.00)
The Letov S 328 was developed in 1933 to meet a Finish requirement
for multi-role tactical reconnaissance plane, although in the end the
Finish contract did not materialise. However, the Czechoslovakian Air
Force ordered 445 aircraft as part of their re-armament in the troubled
mid to late 1930ís.
I have always liked slightly off-beat subjects, and general duties
type planes form the thirties, so coming across this kit in a friendís
collection was a good find. NZ$5.00 was enough to make it mine.
My example was a typical Kopro (KP) boxing from the 70ís, along with
decals that were well past their best. The kit was however quite a gem
(like many KP kits form this period in my opinion). The plastic is very
dense and hard, with a bit of light flash. All the KP kits are now
available re-boxed with attractive artwork and better Propagteam decals.
Detailing is raised but very refined, interior detail is well above
many kit manufacturerís standards of the same time (The first review I
could find was in Scale Models December 1973.), and little extras like
wing-mounted headlamp style landing lights are there too.
I was sorely tempted to build the float version (who can resist a big
biplane on floats after all?), but I had found some artwork for a WW2
Slovakian scheme for a landplane version that I thought was very
attractive, and decided to build it instead.
I purchased an Extratech PE detail set from NKR Models
the S 328 has a big interior, and got to work on improving on what KP
offered. The detail set provides all of the major interior detail, gun
sights, cocking leavers and improved ammunition drums, bomb-racks, step
and aerial, plus a windscreen frame. Extratech instructions were
adequate, and everything went together quite quickly with no problems.
One good thing with Extratech is that very little detail is superfluous.
No doubt this helps with their reasonable prices.
The plastic side of things was a breeze with no particular fit problems
that I can recall (not always the case with these old KP kits), and I
chose to rig the plane with invisible mending thread drawn through
drilled holes. After breaking all my fine drills on the very tough
plastic a made the last few hole with heated nichrome wire. I found that
I could get a very clean and fine hole in the hard KP plastic, and
didnít end up wit the mess you might expect using this method.
Painting was straight forward, but the old kit decals were unusable.
In the end I used some Frog Czechoslovakian roundels, added the double
cross from white decal strip and hand-painted the black wavy lines.
I wanted a well used look for a plane used to left in the open, and
went for a dusty and faded look.
Iím happy with the end result as another unusual subject for my display
cabinet. This was a two-week build during evenings and weekends, and I
plan to do several more Czech subjects from the KP range, having bought
several from Modelimex
http://www.modelimex.cz/inshop/ for about NZ$10.00 each. If you like
this type of subject, then buy some and see why the good kits are far
from being a recent Czech phenomenon.
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2004 by Mark Davies
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