S u m m a r y
- Blackburn Skua Mk.II "Norwegian Campaign"
Contents and Media:
97 parts in grey styrene, 6 parts in clear
injection plastic, 38 parts in
cream colored resin; 1 photo-etched fret; printed
acetate film for the instrument panel.
Instructions and decal sheet for three
available online from Squadron.com
GBP£20.99 available online from Hannants
Crisp and consistent recessed panel
lines; subtle fabric texture, extensive detail; high quality
No bomb; experience
required with limited run kits
Recommended for experienced modellers
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale
online from Squadron
Blackburn Skua was an idiosyncratic aircraft. Designed
for the British Fleet Air Arm to perform as both fighter
and dive bomber, it performed neither task particularly
Skua raked up a number of important milestones including being the
first British aircraft to claim an aerial victory in World War Two.
Skuas were also responsible for the destruction of the first Axis
capital ship of the war.
1/48 scale Blackburn Skua Mk.II is typical of recent releases from
this Czech company. The plastic is smooth with a satin texture.
Sprue attachment points are admirably narrow. Surface detail
comprises crisply engraved panel lines combined with impressively
restrained fabric textuie on control surfaces.
The kit comprises
97 parts in grey styrene, 6 parts in clear injection plastic, 38
parts in cream colored resin, 1 photo-etched fret and a printed
acetate film for the instrument panel. Markings for three aircraft
are also provided.
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Resin parts are cleanly cast and
well detailed. These cover the engine, wheel wells and
the optional Vickers gun. In fact, 22 of these resin
parts are individual exhaust stubs.
It is nice to see that the casting blocks for
the wheel wells are attached to the side via side strips. This
should make clean up and installation much easier than with a
traditional block above the wheel well.
It is also pleasing to see the
canopy with its separate pilot's sliding section, and the
independent clear part for the rear gunner's clamshell. Clear covers
for the landing lights in the wing leading edges are also supplied.
The transparencies are thin and
There are no locating pins on
major parts, so some extra care will be required during assembly to
ensure perfect alignment. The wings have been designed with the
upper halves overlapping a lower centre section, so that join should
be strong and positive. Horizontal tailplanes will be a good bond
too, as they are supplied full span, and attach securely to a flat
section on the empennage.
The pipes from the collector ring
to the engine cylinders are provided as 22 individual resin parts.
Combined with the cowl brace and the machine guns, this assembly
will require a delicate touch and patience. However, the extra
effort should result in an impressively authentic front end for your
No ordnance is provided, but the
centreline bomb sling is present if you can source your own British
Markings are supplied for three
aircraft, all finished in the early FAA scheme of Mixed
Grey and Dark Slate Grey upper surfaces over Sky Grey
lowers, with the bottom of the wings painted black
(starboard) and white (port).
Claudio Narduzzi has supplied the
following information about the three aircraft covered
in this kit:
L2940 - force-landed on a frozen lake after shooting
down a He 111 on 26 April 1940, Maj. Partridge/Lt.
Bostock, 800 Sqn.
L2991:Q - hit by return fire, force-landed on 26
April 1940, Lt. Filmer / PO Baldwin (killed), 803
L2963:F - shot down after dive-bombing Scharnhorst
in Bergen Harbour on 13 June 1940, Lt. Filmer/Mid.
McKee, 803 Sqn.
The latter may have had the
black/white undersides overpainted in Sky Grey.
L2940 is the aircraft recovered in
the seventies (Operation Skua) and is now on display at
the Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
Decals are well printed, thin and
in perfect register.
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale Blackburn Skua Mk.II is a well
detailed kit featuring fine surface detail and very nice decal
Being limited run, some extra time and care will be required when
preparing and assembling the plastic and resin parts. Even so, if
you have built any limited run kits before, this should not present
any nasty surprises.
Thanks to MPM / Special Hobby for the
kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers
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