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  1. J-3 Cub Goes to War (SH48220) 1{48 Special Hobby The Piper J-3 Cub was a light aircraft developed before WWII with production continuing throughout WWII and into the late 40s. In military service as a communications, reconnaissance, or spotter aircraft, it was known as the L-4 Grasshopper, and 20,000 plus were built due to its success in various roles, including trainer and glider tug. It was powered by a flat-4 engine, and despite the limited power it was agile in the air, with docile handling characteristics and a very low stall speed, which made take-off and landing a simple process, and let the aircraft use strips that were far too short for other types. After the war, many of the former military aircraft were re-purposed for civilian use, or sold to other nations in similar roles, while production of new build airframes was recommenced for those that don’t like cheap second-hand Cubs with one “careful” owner. Due to the simple nature of the type, maintenance was straight-forward and cost-effective thanks in part to the extensive spares library to accommodate the large number of examples built, leading to many airframes surviving to the present day in private hands. The Kit This is a reboxing of Special Hobby’s 2022 new tool of the type, which has been released in a few boxings already. The kit arrives in a modest-sized top-opening box, and inside are two full-size sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE), a single 3D printed resin part in its own Ziploc bag, a tiny slip of over-printed clear acetate, the A5 instruction booklet in colour, and the decals in a resealable bag. Detail is good, although there are some ejector-pin marks here and there by necessity, and some of them might need dealing with during assembly and painting. Construction begins predictably with the cockpit, starting on a floor part that is detailed with rudder pedals, fire extinguisher and other small parts, plus the linked control columns, the four-part seat for the pilot, with a rear seat installed later. The Continental motor is begun by gluing the top and bottom halves together, with heat shielding over the piston banks, and a central air intake system underneath. This is slipped through the piston slots in the starboard fuselage half. The firewall with moulded-in tank separates the engine from the cockpit, and after gluing the floor into the bottom of the starboard fuselage, a sloped rear bulkhead is placed on ledges. Whilst closing the fuselage, two rods are inserted low on the firewall, linked diagonally to the sidewalls, then the rear seat that is similar to the pilot’s seat but with a single mounting frame, adding a tonneau cover spread over the rear cockpit area. The instrument panel is created by adding a curved coaming insert across the front of the cockpit, to which a choice of printed acetate film or a decal is applied, adding a PE surround over the top. The Cub’s extensive glazing is next, with a choice of closed or open starboard side panels, which is accomplished by using one of two parts supplied on the clear sprue. The port side is fixed closed, and is first to be placed in position, linked to the opposite side by a solid rear that holds the tops of the windows at the correct width. There are details moulded into the insides of the glazing parts, so masking inside and painting them will increase the realism appreciably, and Special Hobby have a set of masks to help in this regard. The clear roof is applied over the top, and in front of that the lengthy spar and a pair of inverted V-frames added then covered by the crystal-clear curved windscreen. Once the glue and paint are dry on the canopy, the wing halves are joined over the spars, taking care to smooth down the ejector-pin marks that are present on the inside surface of each part, just in case they clash. A few seconds with a motor tool, nippers or coarse sanding stick should see them gone, as you don’t need to be too careful. The single-thickness elevators are slotted into the tail, then it’s a case of adding all the detail, starting with the landing gear struts under the fuselage. The engine is also detailed with a new resin part under the chin, plus a small light “pot” on the top of the cowling. The wings are supported by a V-shaped strut between the fuselage and outer wing, with an additional supporting stay around half-way, and some tiny PE actuators fitted to the ailerons nearby. You will need to find some 0.3mm wire or thread to replicate the aileron control wires that run down the front support and pop out again to mate with the PE actuators added earlier. This is replicated on both wings of course, and their routes are marked on the instructions in red. The tail wheel is fixed to the moulded-in strut under the tail, and there are twin control wires added to the elevators, with the control wires replicated top and bottom, and two more to control the tail-wheel itself for ground-handling, again all these are marked in red. More short wires are added on the topside of the ailerons, and the two-part balloon-like tyres are slipped over the axles on the gear legs. If you have elected for an open cockpit, the open window is fixed almost horizontal, flush with the lower wing and held in place by a PE stay, while the lower trapezoid cockpit door is folded down with a PE handle and retaining clip glued to the bottom edge. It isn’t mentioned, but we assume that if you close the window you should glue the door in the closed position earlier in the build. Finally, the two-bladed prop is slipped over the drive-shaft at the front of the engine, without a spinner. Markings There are three decal options included on the sheet, and if you’ve been staring at grey jets a lot recently, the olive drab and yellow paint schemes might make a welcome change. From the box you can build one of the following: J-3 Cub/O-59A, 42-7827 No.24 J-3C-65 loaned to military during 1941 J-3C-65 n/c 7132, NC38601, Manufactured in 1941, Midwest Airfield, Fort Worth, Texas, 1040s The decals appear to be printed using the same digital processes as Eduard are now using, and have good registration, sharpness, and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut loosely around the printed areas. I mention Eduard because from 2021, the carrier film on their decals can be coaxed away from the printed part of the decal after they have been applied, effectively rendering them carrier film free, making the completed decals much thinner and more realistic, and obviating the need to apply successive coats of clear varnish to hide the edges of the carrier film. It’s a great step further in realism from my point of view, and saves a good quantity of precious modelling time into the bargain. Conclusion I wasn’t all that interested in this aircraft until I saw the 3D printed engine set that we reviewed recently, and now I’m very interested in building a military example. It’s an acknowledged fact that I’m fickle, but it’s a really nice kit of a surprisingly common and persistent aircraft that will also appeal to civilian aircraft modellers as well as some of the many pilots that earned their wings flying in one. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Hi everybody, This will be my first contribution to the "Ready for Inspection - Aircraft" topic and to the Britmodeller forum at all since I joined in 2021... 😳 But, it's never too late to start with something so here it is. It is my interpretation of the Fujimi Alouette III kit in 1/48, which is actually 1/50. It is a depiction of an Alouette III in the colours of the "Grasshoppers RNLAF Helicopter Display Team", which was a well known guest at airshows during thje 70's, 80's and 90's. A little background on how I got to built this kit. Actually I built it for someone else: when I was working with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht - KLu) some 15 years ago, we had a lieutenant that was a former crewchief with The Grasshoppers Display Team. One day he had this kit on his desk and he told me he was looking for somebody to build it in the colourscheme of The Grasshoppers. I (me and my big mouth) told him that I would do that for him. But as things go, he retired and I left the Air Force and the kit remained unfinished. Until May 2021... I managed to contact him through Facebook and arranged a meeting at the "Alouette Museum Barneveld" where he is a volunteer. There I handed him the model, after a long time. As said: the kit is rather "off scale" (1:50 in stead of 1:48 as stated on the box). I built it OOB and especially the colourscheme was very fun to do. There were no decals to be found for this scale, so I printed them myself. I hope you like it and looking forward to posting more of my work. Cheers, Remco.
  3. MPM Special Hobby is working on new 1/48th Piper J-3 and Piper L-4 Cub injected kits. Sources: http://www.cmkkits.com/index.php?cmd=show&imageID=75599&title= http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234934400-piper-cub-148/ V.P.
  4. Stransky Kits is working on a 1/144th family of Piper L-4 Grasshopper Source: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/stransky.kits/posts/1019222051560279 V.P.
  5. Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1 XK789 / 1035, at Midland Air Museum, pics mine.
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