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REVIEW
1:48 I-16 UTI / UTI-4 Conversion
GastonMarty
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 04:46 AM UTC

For some reason, I had not seen at the time I first commented the valid and well researched points made in the review about the wings: The changing aileron shape is for me a real dealbreaker: The quality is truly there in this set, but the research for the major issue of the wings is not... Too bad for a colorful trainer version made into the thousands...

I don't find the lack of fuselage decking cutting instructions a big deal, since the work is self-explanatory, but the decking might have been split into two halves to make the fitting easier before the fuselage halves are joined... Because of the resin, getting a perfect surface alignment is not going to be easy with cyano glue regardless of method...

I think much of the criticism of the Eduard kit is not well-founded (though the spine did have a bit more "kink" than the kit depicts, and the gear may be a bit long), particularly considering they took the trouble to fix the front cowl edge. This is still the best Eduard WWII kit ever in my opinion, especially compared to their FW-190As, and unless you are prepared for a lot of work, the -5 wing issue means it probably should be built as the intended in-box version and not an UTI... For most modellers at least...

Gaston
GastonMarty
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Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 12:48 PM UTC

I got mine and I think it is a fantastic subject matter that will look amazing in model form...

This is the best most accurate kit of a Russian WWII fighter in 1/48th so far(imho), so this conversion makes it all the more interesting.

This company consistently does quality in very original and colourful subjects, and I wish other conversion/decal manufacturers would share this penchant for quality and originality...

Gaston
NickZour
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Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010 - 11:01 PM UTC
Yuk!

Too short to be double seater


Cheers Nick
Merlin
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Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010 - 03:23 AM UTC
AML have released a tricky, but rewarding little conversion set designed for Eduard's quarterscale I-16.

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