Supermarine Seafire F.17
CMR, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMR No. 5121 Supermarine Seafire F.17
|Contents and Media:
||40 cream coloured resin parts; 4 vac-formed
clear canopies; decals for 3 aircraft; A4 sized double-sided instruction
sheet with four build diagrams, A4 sheet of paint/decal drawings;
A4 sheet of reference photos.
(available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed inside and out,
beautifully cast with fine surface detail; minimal casting
blocks; high-quality decals and interesting markings.
||Some warpage of one fuselage half
(but won't effect end result); no harness
||Highly Recommended to all
by Brett Green
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Recently, CMR has raised the bar for the quality of 1/72 scale resin
kits. Their Spitfires and Seafires released over the last year represent
the Rolls-Royce of Merlin powered modelling in this scale.
CMR has now extended the family with a 1/72 scale Supermarine Seafire
The kit is all-resin except for the vacformed canopy. Two styles are
included, and two of each
are supplied in case of slip-ups with the hobby knife.
The parts are superbly cast with crisp, finely recessed surface
detail. Interior detail is equally good.
The wing is particularly noteworthy, being a single-piece casting
with cannon bulges, ejector ports and deep wheel wells all cast in
place. Trailing edges are admirably thin, and the large casting is not
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The fuselage halves are already separated from their casting blocks.
One fuselage half is warped , but I have test fitted the two halves and
the warp will be corrected when it is glued to its starboard side
This sample has very little resin waste (flash) around the borders of
the large parts - a noticeable improvement over earlier releases. Also,
the one-piece wing is supplied with no casting block and will be ready
to use after a few minutes' attention with a sanding stick.
Smaller parts are packed securely in separate compartments of a
plastic bag. These are as impressively cast and as well detailed
as the wings and fuselage. Options include a separate pilot's door
(you'll have to cut the existing door out of the fuselage) and alternate
positions for the "stinger" tail hook. A small amount of scratch
building is required for the pilot's rollover support and the protective
wire cage for the tail wheel.
All control surfaces are cast in neutral positions.
Markings are supplied for three Seafires finished
in a choice of either Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey over Sky or Extra Dark Sea
Grey over Sky. The first option also features yellow codes and yellow
elevators, wing tips, ailerons and outboard leading edges.The decals are perfectly in register and
appear to be very thin.
Resin tends to be a less forgiving medium to work with
than polystyrene, but the relatively simple parts breakdown and superb
quality will make this kit ideal for the modeller who wants to try their
first all-resin kit.
This is a gorgeous kit of an attractive and interesting
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 31 January, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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