by: Rowan Baylis [ ]
The KitSpecial Hobby has released a short-run kit of the I -15 in its original form. The kit is moulded in soft mid-grey plastic and there is a little flash on small parts, but the sprue attachments are small. There are a couple of shallow sink marks on the landing gear legs.
Construction should be simple, with a full-span upper wing, while the lower wings butt-join to the fuselage. The fabric-effect is very subtle and convincing.
The parts are delicately engraved - the louvres on the fuselage are very neat, but some panel line will need little cleanup. No less than 4 vacuform canopies are provided!
Resin and Etched PartsA neat resin cockpit is provided and the seat features a moulded-on harness. A small etched-metal sheet features the instrument panel (with film backing), rudder pedals and a number of levers etc.
The engine is almost a kit in its own right; each cylinder is made of two parts, which then attach to the crankcase. With 19 pieces to line up, careful assembly will be essential. Sadly a lot of this detail will be hidden by fairing which covers the front of the engine.
Decals, Painting and ConclusionDecals im my example are printed in perfect register. Painting instructions cover three schemes: two Republican aircraft from the Spanish Civil War and a later Fascist machine.
Special Hobby's I -15 is a neat little kit, which shouldn't present any problems for anyone used to handling resin and etched-metal parts. The finished model should look very attractive.