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Catalogue Number and Description
Number: Pavla No. U 72-75 Finnish/Swedish Gladiator with Skis.
U 72-76 Spitfire Mk. VI (Tamiya Mk V).
U 72-77 F6F-3 Hellcat (Hasagawa/Academy).
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Contents and Media:
resin parts on six casting blocks, decals for three aircraft and an
A5 instruction sheet with parts plan, 3 build drawings and 3
VI, 15 resin parts on six casting blocks, decals for two aircraft, 1
vac-formed canopy and an A5 instruction sheet with parts plan, 1
build drawing and 1 paint/decal diagram.
F6F-3 Hellcat, 7 resin parts on four
casting blocks with no decals or instructions.
detailed resin parts cast in cream coloured resin, excellent decals
and instructions where appropriate.
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What can I say? Pavla's resin is among the best around
with plenty of detail and no casting blemishes. In the past, I have been
a bit critical of some of their decals (mainly the colours) but these
look as good as any I have come across.
The first set is for ski equipped Gladiators flown by both the Finns and
the Swedes. It is designed for their own (Pavla) kit of the Glad bag
which just happens to be the best on the market. You get two types of
both main skis and tail skis as each Air Force used a different design,
plus a resin instrument panel and an under cowling scoop, all well cast
Decal measure about 120mm x 75mm and cover two Finnish
aircraft and one Swedish. All markings are supplied including some
The Mk.VI Spitfire set, designed for the Tamiya Mk.V, comes with an
updated interior including (from the front) instrument panel, seat with
lap belts moulded on (you have to supply shoulder straps), back and head
armour and rear bulkhead frame. There are also wing tip extensions, four
prop blades and separate spinner, cockpit pressurization scoop and
starter blister. Again, these are all beautifully cast and detailed.
Oddly for Pavla, they have only supplied one vac-form canopy so you will
have to be careful with it.
Decals are supplied for two aircraft, BS111 (YQ-P) from No. 616
Squadron, Spring of 1942 and BR318 (DL-Z) flown by French pilot Jean
Maridor of No. 91 Squadron, August of 1942. Although all major markings
are supplied, there are no stencils, however, I doubt if that will be a
problem for the kind of modeller who would want to tackle this kit.
This set is also available in 1/48 scale.
The last set is designed for the Hasagawa or Academy F6F-3 Hellcat and
although it doesn't include decals or instructions, it still looks very
good to me. It includes a two-piece engine, cowling and four very
delicate cowl flaps, again, all nicely cast and detailed.
As with most resin sets these days, the modeller will have to remove the
parts from casting blocks but I don't see that as a problem, even for
those that haven't used resin before, although I wouldn't recommend
these kits to inexperienced modellers.
Thanks to Pavla for the review sample
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