RAF C-17 Globemaster
A-Model, 1/44 scale
S u m m a r y
|Anigrand AA-4004 - RAF C-17
|Contents and Media:
|Resin C-17 Globemaster III with RAF
|Interesting subject; superior
casting; extra fighters
|Wings and landing gear need
|Highly Recommended to the advanced modeler
by Jason Cameron
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In 1980, the USAF found some of the C-141s had major structural
problems as a result of heavy use. In response, McDonnell Douglas
elected to develop a new aircraft using the YC-15 as the basis.
McDonnell Douglas won the contract to build its proposed aircraft, by
then designated the C-17A Globemaster III. Development problems and
limited funding caused delays until the late 1980s. By the mid-1990s,
most of the problems had been resolved. The first C-17 squadron was
declared operational by the U.S. Air Force in January 1995. In 1997
McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing. The US DoD and Boeing are
considering further follow-on orders to take total 222 aircraft by 2010.
In 2000, the UK Defence Secretary announced that the RAF would lease
four C-17s for giving the RAF true strategic capabilities. The first
C-17 was delivered to the RAF in 2001. In RAF service the C-17 has not
been given an official designation due to its leased status, but is
referred to simply as the C-17.
(26 July 2007) LONDON (Dow Jones)--The U.K.'s Ministry of Defence said
Thursday it plans to buy another C-17 transport aircraft from Boeing Co.
(BA) to help enhance the operational effectiveness of the armed forces.
The new plane, which is due to go into service in late 2008 or early
2009, will boost the U.K.'s C-17 fleet to six planes.
I bought this kit at Meteor Production’s Open House from Chris Mikesh
of Nostalgic Plastic. It apparently was received in the States on
Friday and I had one in my hand by Saturday. While this isn’t my first
purchase of an Anigrand kit, it is the first time I bought one of their
large transport kits.
Overall, I was very impressed with the casting and the engineering of
the kit. The resin quality is excellent with no obvious warping of
parts. Pinholes were nowhere to be found and there are no casting
blocks to saw away. The parts approach the quality of a limited run
plastic kit and surpassed what I expected to find. There is almost no
flash and fine scribing is in evidence everywhere.
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However, the kit is 100% resin which means the cockpit glass and the
landing gear are resin. The cockpit glass is cloudy but at least the
piece encompasses much of the surrounding fuselage. The landing gear
is, in my mind, the weakest part of the kit. The kit is simply too
large and heavy to be made of resin. I would say that any manufacturer
of limited-run kits that casts resin landing gear might better serve
their customers by casting them in metal instead. This isn’t a slam on
Anigrand exclusively. My Special Hobby 1/48 X-15 has resin landing gear
and it broke repeatedly.
One area that needs attention is the attachment points for the wing.
There’s no way the joint would last using the as-supplied attachment
points. I would guess that the designers of the kit thought of this and
it would be very easy to stick in a hollow brass rod in the fuselage and
use solid brass rod in the wings without any modification to the
fuselage. Similar comments would be true for the empennage as well.
The instructions are simple and straightforward with an exploded view to
guide you. The decals have some issues: they only cover one plane
(there’s only five planes in service) and the formation lights are done
in yellow, not the correct lime green. Also, it may be my eyes but the
“Royal Air Force” font looks too lean as compared to pics I found
I am very excited about this kit. I look forward to
reinforcing the wing attachments and somehow making new landing gear for
the plane. The visual impact of the finished kit promises to be
stunning and I can’t wait to get started.
If you have conquered a resin kit before, this kit will not present any
new challenges to you. I recommend this kit without reservation.
Purchased with reviewer's own funds
Review Copyright © 2007 by Jason Cameron
This Page Created on 14 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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