Fisher Model and Pattern 1/32 Sea Fury Wheel Well Set First Look
|Date of Review||September 2008||Manufacturer||Fisher Model and Pattern|
|Subject||Sea Fury Wheel Well Set||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||AHC2||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Super detailed wheel well and landing gear from Fisher's resin Sea Fury now available for the Hobbycraft kit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$30.00|
For those of us who've seen the Fisher Model and Pattern release of the 1/32 Hawker Sea Fury (reviewed here), it didn't take much convincing for me to buy one. The model is absolutely gorgeous out of the box.
So why is Fisher Model and Pattern offering the wheel Well out of that kit separately? Hobbycraft Canada produced a styrene Sea Fury in 1/32 scale (reviewed here) and it provides the basics of the wheel well and landing gear (remember, this is a new Sea Fury kit for under $40). Many AMS modelers want to dress up their Hobbycraft kits and Fisher Models has released this set as one of five detail sets for the Hobbycraft kit.
The wheel well set is adapted from the Fisher Models' Sea Fury and offers some very nice detail. The stock kit's wheel well is a simple ribbed well that will satisfy many modelers, but the AMS modeler will want to see the busy plumbing and wiring replicated inside the wells (since they are a prominent feature on the underside of the kit).
The set includes a replacement wheel well part, landing gear struts, wheel hubs and tires, replacement gear doors for the main gear as well as the tailwheel, tailhook, and all of the relevant down-locks and actuator arms for the main gear and doors.
The instructions walk you though the steps needed to modify the stock kit cockpit to accept the new resin parts. These are well illustrated and will take you incrementally though the assembly process to have the same stunning cockpit that comes with Fisher's own Sea Fury kits.
My sincere thanks to Fisher Model and Pattern for this review sample!