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All,

 

Without doubt one of the best kits regarding assembly that I have experienced for a long time.   Totally enjoyable (and straightforward) build as result uncomplicated assembly and great fit throughout.   The instructions also featured one of the best, easy to follow rigging diagram that should be the standard for all biplane models.

 

Pretty much built OOB with just some minor detailing here and there.   This is my take on the kit for the marking option of No 72 (F) Squadron 1938.

 

Highly recommended kit

 

Regards

 

Dave

 

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Oooooo very nice indeed.   I have the Sea Gladiator  version.  Good to know that it is a joy to build. 

Great work your model looks gorgeous. 

Chris 

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Thats really well done.  Its a lovely model of a lovely old plane.  You can be happy with that one on the shelf display.

 

How was the rigging or daren't we ask !!

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That really is very nice Dave, it looks real. Good to know it is a pleasurable build as I have been eyeing this very kit up for pulling from the stash for my next build.

 

Cheers

 

john

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Brilliant job on that Gladiator! I'm tempted (very) to buy ICM's 1/32nd scale I-153 - if it's anywhere as nice as this, I will. And I suppose it will need some biplane company - this kit. Remarkably, the Soviets actually used some Latvian Gladiators they had 'inherited' from Latvia when they annexed that country in 1940. One of these in Soviet markings next to an I-153 would look a treat. Now where's my credit card...

 

Regards,

 

Jason

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Lovely Gladiator – looks like it's straight out of a museum.

 

My only nitpick would be that the exhaust collector ring seems to perpetuate the myth of being a copper pot colour. In reality, it is a pale bronze colour, for example:

 

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What a beauty,...... you`ve done a magnificent job.

I have three on the go at the moment,..... two Gladiator`s and a Sea Gladiator,.... hope they come out as well.

 

Cheers

          Tony

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Thank you all kindly, gentlemen - very much appreciated

 

JohnT - rigging is pretty straightforward - made easier by ICM's logical, broken down by sections that clearly show where all bracing wires should go.  For rigging this one, I used Prym knitting elastic for main wing and tail plane; Uschi fine thread for radio aerial and stretched sprue for rudder cable.

 

Learstang - I recently built ICM's I-153 Chaika and this is good kit but I found the lower wing to fuselage fit a bit 'loose' so needed wedging with small strips of plastic sheet and then filling to make tidy - other than that, all good.

 

Spitfire31 - regarding the colour of the exhaust collector ring - I used ICM's recommended Revell colour of bronze but admit it does come out more like copper unfortunately

 

Regards

 

Dave

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That's a great looking Gladiator. 

 

I would echo Spitfire31's comment regarding the collector. It can look a bit coppery sometimes, but not even coloured all over.

 

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Chris

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Lovely model, Dave - really nice result.

 

Cheers, Jeff

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Dave what a stunning build in all aspects, absolutely first class.  Only one down side though...........for me......., love it so much my bank account is going to take another hit😱, got to give it a go though

 

Superb work 👌 👍👍 

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Truly a superb build!

If not for the views of your back garden I could believe it is the real aircraft.

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The reviews and builds that I have seen all agree it is a great kit to build and yours proves the point, nice one

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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