Piper Cub L4H
S u m m a r y
Models CB35014 Piper Cub L4H (0-59)
Contents and Media:
plastic parts ,4 clear parts,17 photo etch parts
, 1 resin figure and markings for 4 aircraft
/ Test Fit
military scale (goes with AFVs etc); good
subject; subtle fabric texture; good quality
decals; photo-etched parts including radio faces
thick clear parts; underdetailed cockpit;
questionable access covers on the bottom of the
Reviewed by Luke Pitt
Bronco's 1/35 scale Piper
Cub will be available online
Bronco is a relatively new Chinese company that has, up
until recently, only released 1/35 scale armour kits. It is
most welcome then that they have seen fit to branch out and
do and aircraft in the now “standard” 1/35 armour scale.
The general outline and shape of the aircraft conforms
well to published plans.
The plastic parts are moulded to a high standard for the
most part but, strangely, have some parts that are either
over scale or not moulded as well as the others. Take for
example the engine cylinders. The flutes of the cylinders
are way too thick and should be replaced but the top of the
wing features subtle fabric texture that is very well done.
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The cockpit is presented to a fair standard but I would
have liked more detail. A photo etched instrument panel
would have helped here but alas this is not included on the
photo etch fret provided. The seats are fairly basic (as
they were in the real aircraft) and would need to be
replaced if you wished to detail the interior. However, the
real aircraft was very spartan on the inside so it should be
a simple matter to detail it with plastic card.
The main parts fit well and there should be not much need
for putty. You will need putty for the lower wing
however as Bronco has seen fit to mould the access covers on
the bottom half of the wing as huge recessed holes (they
look more like large formation lights - the underside would
look like a Christmas tree when lit up if they were - ed.)
when in fact they should be flush.
The clear parts are done well for the most part but seem
to be a tad thick. I guess Bronco may have chosen this route
to support the weight of the wing. Even so, the clear parts
are very clear and free of distortion.
The photo etch provides items like the seat belt buckles,
radio faces and some replacement cockpit framing should you
wish to model the aircraft with the side hatch open.
A resin figure is included and for 1/35 scale he is quite
tall, scaling out at around 6’ 4”. I guess he’s a Texan .
The detail on the figure is only fair.
The decal sheet is printed by Cartograph and 4 marking
options are included on the decal sheet.
The first is for an
aircraft that operated in Africa during operation Torch
that which is olive drab and grey with a yellow nose.
This machine has the early yellow boarded national
The second machine is
again in olive drab and grey and has the latter style
star and bar insignia.
The third machine is a
well-known example that operated over Normandy and
includes invasion stripes. This machine is featured on
the front cover and page 39 of Squadron's “US Liaison
Aircraft in Action”
The last aircraft is in
overall silver dope and operated out of England.
In summary, this isn’t a bad kit, nor is it a kit that can’t
be fixed easily.
I guess we modellers have come to expect a great deal of
late. If this kit was released maybe 10 or even 5 years ago
it would have been greeted with much fanfare and praise. I
think it should be noted that this kit, if painted well,
would be a showstopper right out of the box.
I recommend this kit as ideal for a younger modeller (due
to the small number of parts, size and ease of construction)
or even a less experienced (or less fussy) modeller who
wants to put his basic modelling skills to use.
Thanks to Bronco Models via Terry Ashley for the sample.
Review and Text Copyright © 2007 by Luke
Page Created 04 January, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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