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Avia B.135

 

RS Models, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: RS Models No. 92025 Avia B.135
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 36 tan coloured plastic parts on two sprues, 1 very clear injected plastic canopy, 21 PE parts on one fret, decals for two aircraft plus a 4 page instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 15 build drawings and paint/decal instructions on the rear of the end opening box.
Price: From 11.91 available online from Hannants and specialist hobby retailers worldwide.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Rare and interesting subject; good detail inside and out; beautifully subtle surface textures; clear injected canopy; pre-coloured PE from Eduard; well printed decals.
Disadvantages: Instructions are basic but usable, multi-media so not for beginners.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to moderately experienced modellers


Reviewed by Glen Porter


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Background

 

The Avia B.135 was designed and built by the Avia Company in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War as a modification of their B-35. Considering that its license built Hispano Suiza V12 only put out 860 hp, it is remarkable that the aircraft reached around 330 mph. Although one Bulgarian pilot, Lt. Jordan Ferdinandov, is credited with shooting down one of the Ploiesti Raid Liberators, the engines proved unreliable and the B.135 spent most of its time in training squadrons.
 

 

FirstLook



This is one of two B.135 kits RS have produced, the other, No. 92024, has Czech markings as opposed to this one's Bulgarian and German. On opening the end-opening box, the first thing you will notice is the tan coloured sprues reminiscent of those from Eduard with next to no flash and finely engraved panel detail.

 

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The A sprue carries everything other than the main wings. There are alternative props, exhausts, gear doors, wheels, and under-nose scoops depending on which variant you wish to model, and here-in lies a problem. They don't tell you in the instructions which alternative parts go with which aircraft, just mentioning them as alternative parts.

B just has the three piece wing but the opening for the gear bays only matches one of the alternative gear doors. Again, this is not explained in the instructions. Could these extra parts be for the other kit with the Czech markings?

C is the clear one-piece canopy which looks quite good except that it is a little on the thick side. If you can't find a vac-formed example it may be better to leave the canopy closed.

 



The Eduard PE fret is one of their pre-coloured ones and has instrument panel, seat belts, radiator matrix and other small items including a flare gun and hand wheels.

 



Decals are by Boaagency and are very well done as is so often the case now with decals coming out of Eastern Europe, with markings for two aircraft. There is the aircraft flown by Lt. Jordon Ferdinandov in Bulgarian markings and painted RLM 70/71/65 when he reportedly shot down the Ploiesti Liberator in March 1944.

 



The other example is one of the prototypes in RLM 02 marked D-IBPP, 1941.
 


 

Conclusion



I don't know if you can really classify these RS offerings as short-run because everything inside the box is top quality, but for any-one interested in this particular aircraft or any of the other subjects presented by RS, they can't go past these kits. The conventional way they are designed suggest they won't be hard to build and it is only the presence of the photo etched parts that precludes their appropriateness for absolute beginners.

Highly Recommended for moderately experienced modellers.

Thanks to RS Models for the sample


Review Text Copyright 2007 by Glen Porter
Page Created 18 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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