New tool arrivals from Mssrs Airfix & Co. are dropping onto the door mat thick and fast just now; this is the latest arrival and is the much awaited 1/48 scale Hawker Sea Fury FB.11.
Again, we have the now normal top opening tray and lid style box (nice and substantial; take note Revell!) with wonderful artwork by Adam Tooby depicting an aircraft of 801 Naval Air Squadron in an attack on a bridge in Korea, having flown off HMS Glory.
Inside the box there are 5 light grey sprues in one large bag, which also contains one further small bag containing the single sprue of clear parts.
All in all, the parts look to be well up to current Airfix standards, with finely engraved panel lines and nicely done rivet & fastner detailing in appropriate places. Rivet detail on the elevator parts is raised as would appear to be correct from the real aircraft; although raised, they are not the fondly remembered mountains of yesteryear!
The instructions are also in the now expected format, printed on slightly soft paper in greyscale with colour highlights depicting completed sub-assemblies, certain parts or painted areas.
From both the parts and the instructions, the cockpit looks to be very well detailed and should build into a very busy little space once complete; the IP has raised details and dial/gauge surrounds and there are individual and some grouped decals to add as dial and gauge faces. A wing spar features (another Airfix norm nowadays it seems) which should help stiffen up the connection of the centre wing portions; outer wings can be posed open or folded, and there are inserts to add for the folded option to represent the fold locks etc.
Other than the wing fold or not, other options include pose-able control surfaces, U/C up or down and underwing stores and ordnance, of which there seems to be plenty provided.
Decals are by Cartograph, look superb and with no carrier film visible beyond the outer edge of each decal.
Other than having been tooled in totally the wrong scale (
), I cannot see any problems with the kit. As I always say, there will be those out there more familiar with the type, who may find accuracy issues that I can't see, and those who will find other matters to criticise. For most however, it's another great kit from Airfix of a popular aircraft of it's time, whose popularity extends into the modern era thanks to preserved examples still flying. Keep 'em coming Airfix! (only 1/72 or 1/24th please?