Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly
The Adventures of Jonny Quest was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems. An animated television series, it ran on ABC in prime time on Friday nights for one season from 1964 to 1965. A true original for the 1960s, it was created and designed by comic-book artist Doug Wildey and was inspired by American radio serials, American action-adventure comics and American science fiction genre. Ground breaking for it’s time it featured unmatched realistic art, interesting characters, and a better story line than any previous cartoon seen on television.
The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Aircraft known as The Dragonfly is the iconic Jonny Quest aircraft featured in the episode introductions. It was also featured in some of the best episodes.
The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Dragonfly is a 12 inch long desk top model with a base reminiscent of the old Aurora kits and comes well packed
in a small box also similar of bygone days. Inside I found two poly-bags featuring 13 parts molded in white, with a clear sprue for the base and the aircraft
windshield plus a single decal for the base. I found the parts to be flash free with no sink marks, however, the panel lines are quite heavy by design. The crystal clear parts are beautiful.
The build was completed in a couple of hours and that included all the seam sanding and prepping for paint. Sorry, but for a skill level 3 it was almost non-eventful with no surprises. My biggest gripe would be the textured surface and a few weak panel lines caused by the mold design.
The Bottom Line
If you are a fan of the original Jonny Quest Show then this is a must have! I give it a 10 on subject matter and a 6 for the kit itself. I would like to thank Moebius and IPMS for the opportunity to present this great model.
Brings back memories of all things being possible to a kids imagination. Almost finished building mine out of the box. I used a .10 mm rotring for the scribed control surfaces, gear door and hatches along with the small portal windows. Added heat blueing to the exhaust and tan inside the burner exhaust to simulate the metal ceramide coating and pale blue on the back of the clear flame plastic. If I do a second version I will create gear wells and gear assemblies.