VFR Models is a UK producer of 3D Printed 1/72 General Aviation Aircraft Kits. This kit is baby brother to the Cessna 172 the Cessna 152 which is a two-seater.
The parts are very nicely 3D printed using DLP (Digital Light Processing) Resin Printing.
The parts need to be removed from the print support mounts and this is easily done with Spue cutter or sharp blade.
The construction starts with the cockpit and is very easy. There is no real guide to painting the interior, so you need to look up for references. Painting the interior should be completed before installation of the cockpit. The Cockpit is then installed into the fuselage, this was not very easy, and the cockpit base needed a lot of cleaning up and material removed to sit correctly. I also added some simple seat belts at this stage as not were molded in to supplied.
I then added weight into the nose before fitting to the Fuselage to stop the plane sitting on its tail when complete. I assembled the two wing halves together before attaching to the fuselage to make it a little easier. The vacuum formed glass is the next job, I found the two side windows too small to make my own replacements. The elevators had holes in them as did the fuselage for attachment so I used some brass tube for this as nothing was supplied or indicated on the instructions.
Next was the attachment of the wing supports, propeller and the undercarriage, no with no issues.
Now the painting stage, I used Tamiya primer and paints and they went on very well.
The decals are one printed sheet, so each decal needed to be cut out. Now I did make the mistake of using Micro Set and Sol as they attached the decal not allowing for any sliding into location. So just use water and coat after with clear varnish.
The Assembly is quick and easy. The final part is painted yellow and looks great as an addition to any diorama.
This was my first fully 3D printed kit and it was a pleasure to build, and I love the finished model. I would recommend these kits and look forward to getting more!
Thanks go to VFR Models for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them