Bristol Blenheim Mk.I
Classic Airframes, 1/48
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||4137 - Bristol Blenheim Mk.I
|Contents and Media:
57 parts in gray
styrene, 63 parts in cream colored resin and 5 clear injection molded
parts. Instructions, decal sheet and painting guide for 5 aircraft.
MSRP - USD$65.00
Available from Squadron Mail Order
and excellent surface detail; newly designed wheel wells and wheels.
Some modeling experience is always helpful. Very
clear but brittle clear parts.
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Airframes' 1/48 scale Blenheim Mk.I is available online from Squadron
I believe that one of the most wanted
out-of-production Classic Airframes kits is the Blenheim Mk.I,
especially the Finnish Air Force kit. Well there no need to go on the
quest any longer. Classic Airframes has reissued the Mk. I, and it
includes markings for a Finnish aircraft.
There is really not much to say about this reissue,
other than it contains all the improvements, such as wheels and wheel
wells, that were in
the newly reissued Blenheim Mk. IV, which I reviewed previously.
Other than the Mk.I nose and the exclusion of the chin-guns, the content
of the kit is identical to the Mk. IV.
Having built the original issue of the Mk.I, it is
nice not having to fight the wheel wells. But, I still have a concern
about the gluing of the clear parts to each other and to the fuselage.
All I can say is thankfully the seam falls on a painted frame. After
some mishaps, I found that very careful application of slow set
super-glue gel worked. Note that care will be needed to remove the
molding plug inside each nose half; the new clear parts appear to be
There are all new markings for five different
aircraft. The decals are well printed by Cartograph of Italy. While
the center dot for the roundels is not printed separately, all the
roundels appear to be in good register. The Finnish national markings
are printed in two sections.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
PT*F, L1134, no. 62
Squadron, Alor Star, Malaya, circa December 1941. This aircraft is
in Dark Green and Dark Earth with Night undersides.
WR*E, L1338, No.
248 Squadron, Hendon, circa 1939. This aircraft is a Mk. IF and has
the belly gun pack. The Aircraft is Dark Green and Dark Earth on
top with a Black and White underside split along the mid line.
VT*B, K7107, No. 30
Squadron, Ismailia, Egypt, circa April 1940. The aircraft is in
Dark Earth and Middle Stone with black undersides. Note that the
printing of the painting guide is very low contrast, so it may
appear to be a single top-side color, but it is not.
BL-136, Finnish Air
Force, 2/LeLv 42, Heinakuu (Joensuu?) Finland, circa April 1941.
This aircraft appears to have retained its British delivery scheme
of Dark Green and Dar Earth with black undersides. It also has the
over-sized Finnish national markings. If one wanted to, one could
leave off the Continuation War yellow tactical makings and represent
the aircraft as it appeared in 1940. The replacement aileron was
from a Mk. I and appears to be Dark Green also. This aircraft was
shot down by flak on 13 August 1941.
Rumanian Air Force,
circa 1941. Simply Dark Green on top with Light Blue underside and
Yellow underside wingtips and fuselage band.
As I noted in my review of the Mk. IV reissue, this
is a great kit to have back in production. I know that over the years
there has been some criticism of the cockpit detail. But, even though
that has not changed, this is still an excellent addition to any
collection of early World War Two bomber aircraft.
Classic Airframes for
the review sample.
kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers and from
Review and Images Copyright © 2007 by Steven "Modeldad"
Page Created 18 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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