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Sopwith 1 Strutter (Single Seat Bomber)

1/48 Scale Photo-Etched Set




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Contents:

S48-110 - Detail set for Roden Sopwith 1 Strutter (Single Seat Bomber); two photo-etched frets, acetate instruments, double-sided A-4 instruction sheet

Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$10.99 from Karaya website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Incredible detail; some problem kit parts replaced (eg Seat)
Disadvantages: Experience definitely required!
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to experienced WWI modellers


Reviewed by Brett Green

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This detail set from Polish accessory company Part is designed for the Roden 1/48 scale Sopwith 1 Strutter, Single Seat Bomber version.

Two frets of photo etched parts and one printed acetate sheet makes up this set.

The first thing to grab the attention is the large photo-etched structural frame for the fuselage interior. This is a big single part which folds to form the interior sidewall framing, the floor and the top fuselage frames. This is very impressive. A replacement seat is also included - especially welcome as the kit seat is too wide for the fuselage. A lap harness will finish this piece off. Printed acetate instruments are sandwiched to form part of a detailed, multi-media instrument panel.

The other major focus is attachment points for rigging. Although some care and skill will be required to position and secure these tiny parts, they will ensure a realistic (and somewhat easier) rigging result.

The spoked wheel rims, ignition harness and other details will add even more life to the very accurate Roden airframe.

WWI modellers should love this detail set. Due to the complex folding, the trimming and kit preparation, the very large number of small parts and the additional rigging work required, this set will be most appropriate for WWI modellers with some experience of working with photo-etch.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Karaya for the review samples.

Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 March, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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