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||Pavla 72060 Supermarine S.6B/S.6A
|Contents and Media:
||21 short-run dark grey plastic parts
on one sprue, 1 vac-formed part containing two canopies, 24 resin parts
on 9 casting blocks, decals for three aircraft plus an 8 page A5
instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 18 build drawings
including a rigging diagram and 3 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
£16.50 available online from
Hannants and specialist retailers worldwide
||Long awaited subject in this scale;
highly detailed; excellent resin and decals; alternative rudder
||Plastic mouldings are a bit rough;
alternative props supplied but I can't see any difference; mounting the
floats may be a challenge without a jig.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Pavla's 1/72 scale
S.6B/S.6A will be available online from Squadron.com
Started in 1913 and run every two years after 1925, the last Schneider
Trophy was run in 1931. One of the rules for the trophy was that if any
country won it on three consecutive occasions, they would keep it and
that would be the end of the competition. 1927 was won by Great Britain
with the Supermarine S.5 designed by Reginald Mitchell and the next
race, held in 1929 was also won by the same team with the S.6.
In 1931, Great Britain entered the Supermarine S.6B, an improved
aircraft based on the S.6 with the Rolls Royce “R” V 12 engine which
formed the basis for the WWII Griffin engine - a big motor in a little
aeroplane. It not only won the Schneider Trophy for the third time
running therefore giving Great Britain the trophy for all time but also,
several days later, set a new World Air Speed Record of 379.05mph.
I have a very vague memory of building the old Airfix S.6B when I was
very young and remember that I had a lot of trouble putting the floats
on it. I haven't seen and Airfix S.6B for a long time now so I can't
really say whether the moulding quality for this Pavla kit is any
improvement over Airfix's.
This is not the cleanest plastic moulding from Pavla although the
surface detail is very good with fine engraved panel detail, raised
where necessary, but lots of flash and obvious seam lines which will
require attention on every part. There is nothing petite about this
plastic and, although they give you optional props, there is so much
flash I can't see any difference. However, most of the really small
parts are moulded in resin which, as usual from Pavla, is very good.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger
One area where I believe the Pavla kit is clearly superior to the old
Airfix offering is that they supply a resin beaching trolley. Apart from
the idea that a seaplane looks better on a trolley rather than sitting
on its floats, it should also be an aid to mounting the floats as a
makeshift jig. It will at least keep the parts aligned with each other
and the right distance apart. That's half the problem solved.
Other resin parts include two wheels for the beaching trolley, 4 saw
horses, cockpit rear bulkhead and seat, forward bulkhead and instrument
panel mount, engine cam cover panels and control surface balancers. The
instrument panel and control column are in plastic on the main sprue.
Markings are supplied for three aircraft. The Trophy winning S.6B, S
1595 flown by Fl/Lt John N. Boothman, September 1931, S.6B, S 1596 flown
by Fl/Lt G. H. Stainford to gain the World Air Speed Record of 379.05mph
on the 13th of September 1931 and S.6A, N247 (I'm told it should be N248
as N247 crashed in practice) which was an S.6 brought up to S.6B
standard and used for practice and reserve. The decals are very well
printed with good register, colour density and minimum carrier film. All
markings are supplied including racing numbers, trolley position
markings for the floats and serial numbers.
As mentioned earlier, I can't really compare this kit from Pavla with
the old Airfix offering, but I guess anything would be better than an
old Airfix moulding and I do mean old.
There is no doubt that this Pavla kit will take some extra work but then
it is short-run technology; and with the resin is certainly not for the
inexperienced. However, with care and patience it could be made into a
well detailed and impressive display piece.
This S.6B is the first in a new 1/72 scale series by Pavla. The next two
offerings are pictured on the box top, the Macchi Castoldi MC.72 and the
Curtiss CR-3, two of the other very important Schneider racers.
This is a good time to be a Braille Scale Modeller.
Thanks to Pavla for the review sample
Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 20 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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