Flight Deck Interior Details
Depth Charge Compartment Details
White Ensign Models
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White Ensign Models might be better known for their model
ship kits, accessories and paints, but they also offer aircraft products.
The latest maritime aviation subject to receive the WEM
treatment is the Airfix 1/72 scale Short Sunderland Flying Boat. This is an old
kit, but the outline is basically accurate. Its sheer size makes it an
impressive specimen when finished. However, in common with most kits from the
1960s, the Sunderland kit is greatly lacking in detail.
White Ensign Models has addresses this shortcoming with
three separately available photo-etched frets:
7202 - Exterior Details
The first set is for exterior details, comprising outer
wing strut rigging, a static pitot tube and various Yagi antennae. The fret is
95mm x 90mm.
Check your reference to see whether the antennae are
installed on the subject that you are building, as they were not installed on
7206 - Flight Deck Interior Details
This is a big photoetched set that will really dress up the
interior of your Airfix Sunderland. The size of the single fret is 165mm x
The photoetched parts replace the entire flight deck,
including the floors, stairs, bulkheads, instrument panel, flight instruments,
seats, harnesses, throttle quadrants, radios and much, much more. A mooring
ladder and bomb aimer's window for the exterior are also included.
Some fancy folding will be required in places, and I
strongly recommend that you read the instructions carefully before
installing this set. Some extra work will be required to securely mount thin
photoetched parts with plastic strip or small blocks of styrene.
An image of this fret may be seen at the top of the page.
7207 - Depth Charge Compartment Details
The final offering for the Sunderland is a detailing set
for the bomb compartment. This fret is 112mm x 92mm, and includes the entire
bomb compartment plus bomb rack and sway braces.
All these photo-etched frets are beautifully
presented and include comprehensive instructions with detailed text and assembly
The separate availability of the three frets
is thoughtful, as not everyone will want to add bomb bay detail and not all
Sunderlands carried the antennae.
If you are an experienced modeller with an
Airfix Sunderland stashed away, or if you have never bought one due to lack of
available accessories, White Ensign Models' 1/72 scale photo-etched sets will be
to White Ensign Models for the review sample
The full catalogue of White Ensign Models kits, accessories, conversions and figures may be
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