Israeli Aircraft Industries
Wingman Models, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Wingman Models Item No. 48011 - Israeli Aircraft Industries Kfir TC2
|Contents and Media:
||More than 172 light grey injection moulded parts, 21 parts in grey resin; four parts in turned brass; one photo-etched fret; two vac-form canopies; decals for eight marking options
75 Euros plus shipping available from Little Shop of Phantoms
||Superb resin parts; crisp decals with options for eight aircraft markings; accurate detail; includes brass pitot probe.
||Vacuum formed canopy may not appeal to some modellers.
This is a superb kit of the Kfir TC2. Highly recommended.
by Mick Evans
HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron.com
The model world had been waiting a long time for a decent kit of the Kfir in 1/48 and now we have a plethora of them. You can now build almost all versions of the Kfir with this latest release of the two seat version of the Kfir TC2 training aircraft. Wingman Models has also released the photo reconnaissance version. Previously I do not believe that any manufacturer has released a two seat version of the Kfir with modellers needing to perform extensive scratch building to create the two seat version.
This new release from Wingman Models contains a complete kit of the very nice Kinetic Models Kfir to which they have added some very nice resin conversion parts to convert the Kinetic single seat kit to the two-seat version and also to really enhance the already very nice kit.
As I reviewed the standard Kinetic Kfir kit a few months ago, this link will take you to that review.
Resin upgrade details include:
Etched metal parts are provided for the ejection seat handles, seat bucket sides, fin antennas and canopy mirrors.
A turned brass pitot and nose cone tip are also included.
The cockpit areas are superb, with an amazing amount of detail and along with the instrument panels and seats is just short of brilliant.
The engine exhaust nozzle contains an amazing amount of internal detail that can only be captured in resin. The individual nozzle flaps are picked out as is the inner mounting ring.
The main wheels portray the heavy duty braking units in superb detail and once again are a major improvement over the kit moulded main wheels which in themselves are quite detailed. A nice touch from wingman is the inclusion of laser cut vinyl masks for the wheels when painting.
The final upgrade inclusion is laser cut vinyl masks for the canopy and windscreen to allow for accurate painting of the transparencies.
The only thing that I think will put some people off this kit is the inclusion of two vacuum formed canopies to cover the requirement of the two seat canopy.
This makes sense for Wingman with this multi-media limited run kit. To include an injection moulded canopy would have required extensive mould making and this is something Wingman seem not to do rather opting to include the Kinetic kits and upgrading or converting these with multi-media parts that do not include injection moulding.
My only question with this kit is the lack of all the weapons pylons that are included in the original Kinetic kit and some of the weapons. While the Kfir TC2 is primarily a training aircraft the aircraft is often seen with differing configurations of auxiliary fuel drop tanks and outer missile pylons. The version is also quite often seen with rocket bay and gun bay fuselage pylons. My understanding is the training aircraft are almost as capable as the single seater version and most definitely would carry a wide range of weapons in the training role. Those modellers who have purchased any of the Kinetic or Wingman single seat versions will have more than enough parts to configure the aircraft anyway they like.
There are 8 schemes provided by Wingman for this kit with the decals printed by Cartograf and the decals designed by IsraCast Studio.
The markings supplied are as follows:
Kfir TC2, 305, Arava Guardians Sqn, Hatzor AB, 1993
Kfir TC2, 306, First Fighter Sqn, Hatzor AB, 1983
Kfir TC2, 308, First Fighter Sqn, Hatzor AB, 1986
Kfir TC2, 301, Valley Sqn, Ramat-David AB, 1992
Kfir TC2, 309, Hornet Sqn, Hatzor AB, 1984
Kfir TC2, 303, Arava Guardians Sqn, Ovda AB, 1982
Kfir TC2, 303, Smashing Parrot Sqn, Hatzor AB, 1990
Kfir TC2, 301, Arava Guardians Sqn, Hatzor AB, 1994.
This is a superb kit of the Kfir TC2. There is nothing that I can really criticise with this kit but the vacuum formed canopy will not appeal to some modellers. I have already built two Kinetic Kfir kits and they went together in a breeze with no fit issues at all. This kit will require some kit surgery to remove the original plastic single seat nose to allow the new resin twin seat nose to be installed.
A big kudos to Wingman Models for this excellent kit.
Highly recommended for modellers with a level of experience in resin conversions
Thanks to Wingman Models for the sample
Review Text Copyright © 2015 by Mick Evans
Images Copyright © 2015 by Brett Green
Page Created 2 February, 2015
3 February, 2015
Back to HyperScale Main Page
Back to Reviews Page