I ordered my kit on the
internet and on opening the package when it arrived, I found the lid and base
flat packed with the 4 sprues, instruction leaflet, decal sheet and acetate
windshield in a sealed plastic bag. The base was very quickly and easily turned
into a sturdy box to hold all the parts. The lid states that only 1000 boxings
are to be produced. However, as the parts breakdown shows that several pieces
are not used, I assume more will appear with different markings or by another
The four main sprues are
finely moulded with subtle engraved panel detail, but there is a little flash, a
few ejection pin marks and some surface roughness that have to be cleaned up to
allow parts to fit together. The kit is for the Hs123 A-1 with no headrest and
spatted wheels, though the headrest and parts for the unspatted wheels are
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The span of the top and bottom
wings and tailplane scale out exactly to the manufacturer’s published
dimensions, at least to the accuracy that I can measure. The fuselage looks
right and the cockpit, which consists of 6 parts plus detail moulded into the
fuselage halves, matches the manufacturer’s drawing of the region as closely as
can be expected for this scale. The windshield is printed on acetate sheet and
will require cutting out and bending before attaching. A nice touch is the
inclusion of a tool for aligning the interplane struts.
There are no locating pins.
Everything is butt-joined.
Decals are matt and on
separate carrier film.
All the marking for any of the
4 options are included, but there are no stencil decals apart from those on the
The four options are all for
aircraft in the pre-war three colour scheme of 61/62/63 Upper Surface with 65
Lower Surfaces. Two are for 2/StG165 “Immelmann”, the first Luftwaffe unit to
operate the Hs123 and are well covered photographically. The other 2 are for
aircraft operated in Spain by the Condor Legion. The instruction shows that the
forward face of the propeller blades are aluminium and the rear are black. This
is, I believe, correct for the Spanish aircraft, but I think the Luftwaffe
aircraft should have the blades painted RLM 70 Black Green. The Condor Legion
option 24o5 shows the correct style of codes, but option 24o2 shows the style of
codes used later by the Spanish and would be in the range 24o6 upwards.
The camouflage and markings
guide is in black and white and show 4 views with full colour details and decal
placement for each option.
The Airfix kit in this scale was available recently and can easily be found
second hand, but is superseded in every department by this new one.
Whilst not a shake-and-bake
model, AviS’s new 1/72 scale Henschel Hs 123 A-1 is well detailed, accurate and,
with the application of average modelling skills, can be made into a very good
Highly Recommended to all but
Review Copyright © 2007 by Dave West
This Page Created on 11 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
Back to HyperScale
Back to Reviews