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Gloster Gladiator
Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix kit

S.B.S. Model, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number, Description and Price:

S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix kit

14.00 € plus shipping available online from S.B.S. Model

Scale:

1/72

Contents & Media

14 parts in grey coloured resin; six parts in photo-etched brass; instructions.

Review Type:

First Look.

Advantages:

Beautifully detailed; perfectly printed and cast; simple cleanup; massive improvement over the Airfix kit engine; precise fit.

Disadvantages:

None noted.

Conclusions:

This beautifully detailed engine will add a new universe of detail to the front end of your Airfix 1/72 scale Gloster Gladiiator. Casting is perfect. Cleanup and assembly is straightforward although there is a bit of tricky bending of photo-etch so some previous experience will be helpful.


Reviewed by Brett Green

FirstLook

 

S.B.S Model has released a replacement engine and cowling for the very nice Airfix 1/72 scale Gloster Gladiator.

 

 

The engine itself if produced as a single 3d printed part - the core engine, cyliders, push rods and manifolds.

 

  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
  • S.B.S. Model Item No.SBS72079 - Gloster Gladiator Engine & Cowling Set for Airfix: Image
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There is no compromise in detail whatsoever though. It really has to be seen to be believed.

The engine is attached to its resin base via the usual narrow strips.

 

 

The engine cowling is also a single resin part. This is attached to its casting block via the front of the cowl ring. This is very thin and easy to remove using a razor saw. A little cleanup with a sanding stick and you're ready to go.

 

 

I removed the engine and the cowling from their backings and test-fitted them. Cleanup of the engine was easier than I expected. Fit was perfect

 

 

Detail is truly exquisite. Casting and printing quality is perfect too.

Also included is a small photo-etched fret.

 

 

Smaller resin parts, including the exhaust, appear to be conventionally cast.

 

 

Once again, quality is excellent.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This beautifully detailed engine will add a new universe of detail to the front end of your Airfix 1/72 scale Gloster Gladiiator.

Casting is perfect.

Cleanup and assembly is straightforward although there is a bit of tricky bending of photo-etch so some previous experience will be helpful.

Thanks to SBS Model for the samples


Review Text and Images Copyright 2024 by Brett Green
Page Created 17 January, 2024
Last updated 18 January, 2024

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