Czech Master Resin, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMR Kit# 5025 - AGO C.IV
|Contents and Media:
||43 parts in buff and black coloured resin
USD$55.80 available online from Squadron
£17.19 available online from Hannants
and specialist hobby outlets worldwide
||Excellent detail with crisp casting
of parts, sharp trailing edges on flying surfaces with subtle
representation of ribs, nice decal sheet with all items in register.
by Rob Baumgartner
CMR's 1/72 scale
AGO C.IV is available online
The AGO Flugzeugwerke of Johannisthal had a good reputation for
producing powerful and sturdy fighting aircraft.
So it must have come as a bit of a shock when the C.IV made its
appearance. The machine was unconventional in that it had an unusual
tapered wing. To provide a better field of fire for the rear gunner, it
also had one of its inner wing struts omitted.
The performance of the C.IV was promising enough, so much so that
Idflieg agreed to an initial order of 24 aircraft. Type testing found
the wing cellule to be wanting and after a couple of attempts at
strengthening this area, the design was eventually approved.
After a number of in flight fatalities, modifications were made that saw
ailerons on both sets of wings. A rounded tail fin was also added and
some even had additional bracing between the outer wing struts.
Pilot negativity and continuing problems with the flight controls
inevitably led Idflieg to cancel production of the C.IV in September
CMR originally released this kit in 1993 and it was a very good kit
A nice piece of timing saw Peter Grosz’s 2-part article on the type
start later that year. It was in “Windsock International”, where Ian
Stair contributed a set of general arrangement drawings.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The kit matches up very well to these with the only major difference
being the forward fuselage. Compared to the aforementioned plans, the
kit is shallower in this area with a less dramatically curved
underbelly. Fortunately period photos suggest that CMR’s interpretation
is closer to the original aircraft. A comparison with published
measurements in Gray and Thetford’s “German Aircraft of the First World
War”, indicate that Ian’s side profiles are short in length. His drawing
of the wingspan however scales out perfectly.
When cleaning up the parts, a couple of air bubbles decided to show
themselves. These were apparent on the leading edge of the top wing but
a smear of putty easily brought them into submission.
Speaking of which, the flying surfaces are excellent with very subtle
rib detail. Trailing edges are sharp and there is no sign of warping.
The lower wing cutout differs from the Stair interpretation but once
again photos favour the resin parts. As for the rear upper wing cutout,
this could be slightly more rounded.
Thoughtfully both the main planes are supplied in one piece so care
needs to be exercised so as not to separate the upper parts.
A basic interior is provided for the modeler to enhance as they see fit.
A dry run is needed to ensure a snug fit for all the parts but nothing
here is beyond the modeler.
A choice of outer struts is supplied so the builder can choose between
the conventional early types or the later “N” shaped supports.
Thankfully CMR also provide an interesting decal option for this latter
The kit parts are beautifully cast and number over 40 in total. Detail
is crisp and sharp and the cleanup of the various items should not pose
too much of a problem. The only blemish was a knob on the starboard
fuselage half but this is easily sanded off.
Struts are usually the Achilles heel of a resin kit. The ones offered in
this kit are quite strong, being provided in CMR's hard black resin
material, and can be used as is. For the faint hearted, alternatives can
be scratch built using the kit parts as templates.
Three marking options are catered for which are printed on a single
decal sheet. The registration of all colours was perfect and the carrier
film is commendably thin. Two German owners are represented as subjects
with the third being a captured example by No. 32 Squadron in July 1917.
It is doubtful that main stream manufacturers will ever tackle an
aircraft such as the Ago C.IV. Thankfully CMR has come to the rescue by
re releasing this updated classic from their ever expanding catalogue.
While the kit may provide a challenge for those not used to the medium
involved, the end result will surely be worth it.
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
Squadron in the USA
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 08 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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