SE Grognard II
by Mick Evans
images by Brett Green
Miniature's 1/48 Grognard II is available online from Squadron.com
Fonderie Miniature’s 1/48 scale kit of the Grognard II continues this
company's theme of esoteric French aircraft, following their release in
of the Nord Griffon in both 1/72 and 1/48.
The kit contains 11 injection moulded plastic parts, 13 resin parts,
14 white metal parts, and 2 vacuum formed clear parts. The plastic parts
are the usual rough soft grey plastic with lots of moulding flash. On
the positive side, the parts are easily cleaned up and fit together very
well. The Grognard was designed as a two seat ground attack aircraft
with under/over engines like the E.E. Lightning. The prototypes were
only ever fitted with one seat and this is represented in this kit.
The resin parts are crisply moulded in a very hard chalky resin.
Included in the kit are resin moulded main and nose wheel wells with
some very nice detail added. The accuracy of this detail I cannot make
comment on, and most of the detail is hidden behind the closed main
wheel doors when complete. There is some very nice detail included in
the resin cockpit, instrument panel, ejection seat, and wheels.
You can follow
this link to see my in-box review of the kit.
The retractable rocket pack did not match the fuselage contours and
required careful trimming and sanding to achieve an acceptable look.
The fitting of the intake inlet was something of a challenge. The
resin parts did not match the plastic cut out or vice versa. This
required careful trimming and trial fitting, and a small length of duct
was scratch built to prevent a see through effect.
The pen nib engine exhaust area was another challenge, as the area is
so thin when cleaned up to fit, and requires superglue to achieve good
The main build difficulty was with the canopy, it simply does not have
the same contour along the fuselage. The fuselage angles upwards from
the windscreen back along the canopy line, whereas the windscreen and
canopy line is level. This required some careful over trimming,
superglue, pressure and a reasonable result was achieved. Also, the
canopy is not very clear but a quick dip in Future brought some clarity
to the canopy. The frame lines are not very sharp and are difficult to
Time must be also be spent in thinning down the fuselage in areas
where components like the cockpit, wheel wells, and the rear engine
The metal legs are reasonably well detailed, but need some cleanup,
and look good against the few photographs available, however the white
metal doors have some serious sink marks that require filling and
sanding. Resin may have been a better option.
Fonderie Miniature could still go a long way with some improvement to
their instructions. These are still bereft of detail and leave a lot of
interpretation to the modeller and in particular for this aircraft there
was very little reference data available. Really, the Fonderie Miniature
kits require a fairly high level of modelling experience to build. I can
not comment on the accuracy of the details as there were no accurate
line drawings available.
A lot of nose weight is required as this kit is a big tail sitter.
Fortunately there is plenty of room in the nose area, and the metal
undercarriage will support the extra weight.
The kit was sanded with various grades of wet and dry paper before
being polished with steel wool.
The model was finished in Alclad Polished Aluminium over Alclad grey
Fonderie Miniature is to be congratulated on covering a rare and
quite odd looking aircraft with some intriguing innovations built into
Squadron.com for the review sample.
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