The first thing to say about this kit is that it is a very comprehensive package indeed, the top opening box containing four sprues of grey plastic, one sprue of clear plastic, two frets of (uncoloured) etch, a resin casting block, a printed sheet of
clear film, a set of vinyl masks, a decal sheet and a colour booklet of instructions.
The etch with clear film, resin and clear sprue are all in individual re-sealable bags for protection and placed in the same re-sealable bag containing the grey sprues.
The instructions, decals (without a protective sheet) and masks are all in a little A5 ring binder sleeve. The A5 instruction booklet includes a parts layout, a 19 stage assembly sequence and a colour four view of each marking option. The colour
call outs are for Gunze Enamels and Gunze Acrylics but there is no help with the colour(s) of the interior, or any other parts and you have to match the colours on the first page with those of the options on the back pages, which is going to be a pain once
a marking option is selected.
The four grey sprues contain just over 100 parts, although not all will be needed as there are several alternatives, including both a three blade and four blade propeller (both slightly mal-formed in my kit) and what
look like underwing chaff dispensers, which could be considered to be evidence of further boxings in the offing. The quality of both the moulding and the plastic appears high, although the surfaces could be a tad smoother. There are no locating
pins for the major parts e.g. wing, fuselage, nor the plethora of small parts to be attached to the fuselage. There are however locating points for the undercarriage and tail plane.
The clear sprue contains separate parts for the windscreen,
side windows and main cabin doors. The doors are moulded as a single piece and so just need to be masked off before painting.
The etch is most extensive; it contains a host of very small parts, including the instrument panel (with the printed
film sandwiched in between), seat supports, wing fences, tail plane ends and a host of parts for sticking on the fuselage. There are no less than 36 etch parts to attach to the underside of the wing.
The resin block contains two different types
of exhausts, replete with intricately moulded internals.
This kit offers markings for a pair of Australian Army machines, one in olive drab with high visibility additions in orange and one in a rather intricate 3-colour special camouflage scheme (and
as seen on the box top) for the Caboolture air show in 1995. The other two options are for a pair of more recent Austrian machines, both in olive drab.
This is what I would call an ‘intermediate’ run kit, although the quality of the
tooling and moulded detail looks beautiful, being worthy of a 1/48 scale kit. It is also thoughtfully laid out as injection points tend to be in ‘inaccessible’ locations, thus preserving the detail on show. It looks like the amount
of etch will make it a challenge. I had intended to use the Turbo Porter option from my S&M British Antarctic Aviation decal sheet(SSM72-008), but research revealed that this was an early version with no 'front doors' to give direct access to the
cockpit, so I reverted to one of the kit options.