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Airfix 1/48 Supermarine Walrus Mk.1 New Tool
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PostPosted: October 6th, 2017, 11:09 am 
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Reasonably hot off the presses, this is a quick look inside the box at the much awaited (and possibly surprising) new tool version of the Supermarine Walrus from our friends at Airfix.
Once you look past the glaring omission of moulding it in the wrong scale, first impressions are that it is going to make a lot of people very happy; it has all the ingredients to build up into a cracking model 'out of the box', and already the AM producers are churning out loads of extras to add to the fun!
The box (450mm x 250mm x 70mm; the same size as a few recent larger releases for ease of storage :grin: ) is the now normal Airfix sturdy glossy box, with a top opening seperate lid and inner tray. The contents fill the avialable space nicely, but without being crammed in, and with enough space to store a few AM goodies as well so you don't (like me :roll: :oops: ) forget you have them when you finally get around to building the kit!
The instructions are A4 and are again the normal Airfix 'colour' type, although now with a few parts picked out in green as well as the previous red. As ever, they look to be clearly laid out, with optional parts/fit identified well. There are two glossy A3 sheets which contain the painting guides for the three schemes provided, together with a rigging diagram for those intending to play cats cradle (go on, you know you want to..... :ha: ) and provide full rigging. The parts do not however appear to be drilled ready for rigging....
There is a nice set of decals, which appear to be to a very high standard, very very sharply printed and seemingly in register.
There are 5 frames of parts moulded in standard Airfix grey; from a reasonably careful look through, there does not appear to be any flash, sprue gates are mostly fairly small and there does not appear to be any short-shot parts. The fuselage interior does seem to have suffered from an attack of measles; there are a lot of ejector pin marks between the interior framing, which will take a while to fill and sand out I suspect. There is one further frame of clear parts; again no flash and the canopy glazing is nice and thin, clear and with well defined framing.
I cannot see any reason at all why even a novice builder shouldn't get a decent result out of this kit, even taking into account the (with certain other biplane kits....) need to set two main wing assemblies. The instructions appear to show that this has been well thought out and engineered, making it a (fairly) simple operation. More experienced builders (with or without AM extras) will be able to produce a cracking model without too much effort.
As far as accurracy is concerned, I cannot comment; suffice to say that I suspect it will look pretty much like a Walrus when built, and that's close enough for this bodger :-D

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Airfix 1/48 Supermarine Walrus Mk.1 New Tool
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Hi Iggie. Just found this post. Nice images. Ive got this (although its disappeared & turned into a Christmas present) but not before
i had a peak in the box, well... you have to check for missing bits etc dont you? ;-)
I think the thing that stood out to me was the external texture detail. The panel distortion between rivet lines in particular is outstanding.


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Thanks, iggie, I have a few more weeks to wait on mine.

Frankly the interior detail looks overscale, maybe it is just how it looks in the photo. Do agree on the measles, fortunately not a lot can be seen so clean-up can be limited.

I do note they have applied their usual thoughtful design and engineering to solving (what I consider) the most difficult part of a Walrus build, the canted engine and the attendant complication with the nacelle and center section struts. It wasn't until a year after I built the CA kit that I figured out no matter how good it looked, I had in fact got the struts wrong.

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Thanks for the excellent review up to now I didn’t want a 1/48 scale kit but I’m now re thinking my options :evil:

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Sorry, I have to admit that I'm not particularly interested in the subject type but, putting my objective hat on, I can appreciate what a great looking kit this is. I like 1/48th scale for smaller aircraft types as I feel it gives a good balance between size (from a display cabinet point of view) and detail. And it's good to see the Aussie option, which I feel is the one that I'd go for if I was building the kit, just to have a slightly different looking Walrus on display. I have a feeling that most of those ejector pin marks on the inside won't really be visible.

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Good review mate. Like Shaun, not a kit on my Amazon (or any other) wish list, which is probably just as well because I am still infuriated by the shoddy work as far as the ejector pin marks are concerned - caused I believe when the part is ejected from the mold but the plastic is still soft. Would adjusting the timing on the machine to wait a few seconds longer not be the answer? Other manufacturers seem to be able to avoid this in the main, so why not Airfix?

It was a huge disappointment to me back when I purchased the 1/24th Mosquito and found the plastic bore a striking resemblance to the surface of the Moon with the number of craters puncturing the surfaces. Either that, or Airfix should do the decent thing and bung a gratis tube of filler in each box to fill the ejector holes in with!

Then again, I probably will buy one somewhere down the road if I find one in the KitSwap at Telford say one year, because ultimately I am a sucker for the DSG/Slate Grey/Sky on any aircraft.

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