Supermarine Seafang F.MK.32

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Scale
1/48
MSRP
$31.99
Product / Stock #
02851
Company: Trumpeter - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Squadron - Website: Visit Site
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History Brief

The Seafang was essentially a Spiteful redesigned for the Royal Navy carrier use. Two prototype Seafang MK.32s were ordered on March 12, 1945, followed by an order for 150 Seafang MK.31s on 7 May 1945. To expedite entry into service, the interim Mk.31 was ordered, which was a navalised Spiteful with a tail hook, allowing the MK.32 to be developed. The Mk32 featured a contra-rotating propeller (eliminating engine torque), power folding outer wing tips, and a proper arrester hook.

The Product

Kit features very nice engraved panel lines, weak cockpit details, nice gear bays, reconnaissance camera, optional position flaps and wing tips, working prop, and 3 decal options. My sample was flash-free and well packaged in a sturdy box. Also included is a photo-etch fret for the radiators and an excellent color plate.

The Build

The build was very simple and straightforward. I encountered no noteworthy problems; everything fit like a glove. The decals went down great and reacted well to Solvaset.

The Bottom Line

All in all, a great bargain for the price. I would like to thank Trumpeter, Squadron MMD, and IPMS for the opportunity to review such a fine model kit.

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