woody37 Posted July 28, 2012 Share Posted July 28, 2012 Bristol Sycamore HC.14/HR.14/Mk.51/Mk.52 CMR / Mark I 1:72 Design of the Sycamore started way back in 1944 with the first flight in 1947. Early development focused on making mechanical components durable such was the early evolution of rotary aircraft. The civilian version was known as the Bristol 171, the military versions using the more commonly known name Sycamore. The HR 14 entered service with the RAF in 1953 following a series of evaluation aircraft. As well as it's role as a Rescue aircraft, it got it's 'hands dirty' in the Malayan Emergency where it was used to get troop patrols in and out of the jungle. During it's time, the Sycamore flew with the British, German, Belgian and Australian forces. The kit If you're familiar with CMR kits, you will know that these kits some jammed packed with detail and this one follows that format. The box is a sturdy top opening design to protect the delicate contents. Within the kit you will find: Resin fuselage and main detail - packed into a bag with sectioned compartments to further protect the parts from each other 3 etch frets of which one is pre-coloured for the interior 2 x vac formed canopies in case you make a mistake....and I did, phew !! Paint masks for the windows Decals for no less than 5 aircraft Instructions & several pages of pictures showing good close up references to help with the build Building the kit starts with the cockpit interior. Care needs to be taken removing the cockpit from the base and a razor saw is vital for this task. Getting the cockpit resin parts together was quite straight forwards. Once the resin parts were assembled, the next task is to fit the etch rear seats. These were fitted minus the coloured seatbelts then the assembly was primed and painted. I used dark grey for this. Once the base colour was on, the rear seatbelts were painted reddy-brown and the seatbelts fitted to the seats. This is a delicate operation and a good set of tweezers will be a godsend. With the detail on, a wash of black was used to enhance the detail More on the next post... 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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