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Moa

F.M.A.20 "El Boyero" - 72Topia resin, 1/72nd scale

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This exquisite little gem from the works of a one-man-in-a-room enterprise in Argentina is a refreshing and beautiful piece of the local aviation history.

With a super-clean cast, delicately mastered parts, and fine detail, it is up there with the best in resin releases, and no doubt a product at the very top of cottage industry.

If you compare this resin kit with most of what you see in the market (and I have built -and still have in the stash- many), you may feel the urge to trash some of the ones lurking in your stash, which compare extremely unfavorably with this one.

 

The kit portrays a small training plane built in quite large numbers -that is for a country with an aviation industry that had its ups and downs-, that went into the civil and military market, being provided to the local aeroclubs as a way to encourage aviation by the government.

It started as a pre-war endeavor, but had to wait until the 50's to be built in series.

It still flies today, in some remarkable numbers, which says something about the design and construction, especially given the constrictions many times suffered by South American countries.

 

This is not a kit for the beginner, and it's better if you have built a couple of simpler resins before, but it's a very noble kit, that requires of course care, a delicate touch, and some skill (as the kit box itself states).

This release offers alternate parts and decals for four different machines. The decals are home-made and can be used, but Arctic Decals has printed a more professional set.

I found no defects, whatsoever, in any part. Some of the detail parts are tiny and require mindful handling. The engineering is very sound and the approach intelligent.

It took only a few days to build it, even in parallel with several other projects, but it's a build that you don't want to rush, given the delicate detail and small parts.

It made for a short and pleasurable build, as you can see in the WiP:

 

I wish other cottage industry manufacturers will take the hint and up their game. This kit demonstrates what skill, care and love for the hobby can do, even in less than ideal conditions for the maker. So next time you get one of those resin blobs, with pinholes, bent parts and dubious (if any) detail, here is a bar to compare against. 

 

Waiting now for the next kits that are soon to be released by this able, dedicated and meticulous manufacturer.

Fantastically done, 72Topia!

 

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Rare and great looking subject.

Pictures in flight are great, so realistic.

Regards Djordje

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Another little stunner Moa and love the presentation - looks like you could hop in and fly away! Had a quick peek at your WIP and wow! what a great product! Gotta love this guy who is very obviously extremely talented and dedicated! Not only should some of the other, shall we say less talented, "cottage industries" take note but the level of detail and finesse puts some of the big names to shame!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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35 minutes ago, djos said:

Rare and great looking subject.

Pictures in flight are great, so realistic.

Regards Djordje

Thanks for your kindness, Djordje.

Cheers

17 minutes ago, Baldy said:

Another little stunner Moa and love the presentation - looks like you could hop in and fly away! Had a quick peek at your WIP and wow! what a great product! Gotta love this guy who is very obviously extremely talented and dedicated! Not only should some of the other, shall we say less talented, "cottage industries" take note but the level of detail and finesse puts some of the big names to shame!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

You are very kind, Malcolm.

A nice little one this indeed is.

 

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That is an absolute delight, Moa. A great kit, a skilled and perfectly executed build and a South American subject. A winner all round. 

 

Martin

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11 hours ago, Courageous said:

Great build. Great photography too when you have that view.

 

Stuart

 

9 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

That is an absolute delight, Moa. A great kit, a skilled and perfectly executed build and a South American subject. A winner all round. 

 

Martin

You are both too kind.

The merit is in the kit.

Cheers

 

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What a little charmer! The scale looks much larger than 1:72nd, too. Superb work with what is obviously a superb kit.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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36 minutes ago, Spitfire31 said:

What a little charmer! The scale looks much larger than 1:72nd, too. Superb work with what is obviously a superb kit.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

Thanks Joachim

It's a very nice, very detailed little kit indeed.

Cheers

 

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29 minutes ago, Jeddahbill said:

Another Gem Sensei Moa!  Your skill in photography is also very excellent!

Cheers

Bill

You are more than kind, fellow SoCaler

I credit the photos to my very affordable camera. And 40+ years of visual artist training 😉

 

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It looks like the Piper Cub, bigger wings I think. 

 

As an old pilot I'd love to fly it. The last thing I flew was an RV6, a mini Spitfire, you wear it, cramped and clamped in and you can fly it with a finger, fast too. 

 

Piper Cubs and the like bimble along happily. 

 

As they say it can barely kill you. 

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6 hours ago, noelh said:

As they say it can barely kill you. 

:P

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Excelent Moa, as every  time. Inspired  by you, I have just  received my copy  of El Boyero this morning. As you already stated in your WIP, atention to detail is astonishing.

Thank you again for inspiring the rest of us, mortals. 

Boyero

 

 

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Alejandro Martinez Colombres said:

I have just  received my copy  of El Boyero this morning. As you already stated in your WIP, atention to detail is astonishing.

Alejandro!

You are making my tummy gurgle!!!

Empanadas!!! (and sfijas?)

(I am sending you a private message)

Cheers

 

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5 minutes ago, Alejandro Martinez Colombres said:

Yes Moa, home made empanadas and sfijas. 

 

:clap:

 

Great minds think alike!

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Alejandro Martinez Colombres said:

Oh God. That looks  like a friday night reception  menu. Are you the Chef? In my case is my wife (I have no idea).

I am not a chef (my younger son trained as a chef, but now does programing), but I like to model in the kitchen too:

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Fantastic nice little gem!

:)

 

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9 hours ago, exdraken said:

Fantastic nice little gem!

:)

 

Thanks exdraken

It's nice to work once in a while on a kit that is good to start with!

Cheers

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Excellent work - I hope mine turns out just a bit as good. I will follow your WIP religiously.

Nice kitchen work too! You really are quite crazy......!!!!

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14 hours ago, Ed Russell said:

Excellent work - I hope mine turns out just a bit as good. I will follow your WIP religiously.

Nice kitchen work too! You really are quite crazy......!!!!

Thanks, Ed.

The alternative is my wife cooking, I will say no more.

Cheers

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Beautiful subject and a great representation!

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