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REVIEW
E-Z Snapz Kits
Merlin
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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 09:45 AM UTC


Good grief! Even I found time to actually build something! Actually, it's hardly surprising, seeing as these are snap-together models that are ideal for beginners and anyone looking for a quick, fun build.

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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 10:52 AM UTC
Interesting. I was just having a conversation with a fellow modeler, a week or so ago, at the LHS about how you can sometimes get a usable kit in the form of a Snap together.
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009 - 03:08 AM UTC
Thanks for the review. A good alternative for young modellers and maybe as spare parts. Rowan, Have you tried the decals?

At this price just buying the them for decals and an extra set of wheels would be justifiable.
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009 - 05:21 AM UTC
Hi Jesper

I haven't used the decals, because they weren't very accurate (the RAF ones, anyway). Jon Bius did use them though in his excellent Hurricane review and found they snuggled down superbly.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009 - 08:30 AM UTC
OK, thanks for the quick answer, rowan. I might consider that 109 for spare parts and decals. The camouflage scheme is quite attractive and I have not been able to find the old Hasegawa kit with the "tulip" markings.
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009 - 07:05 AM UTC
This past weekened I was introduce to a friends 10-year old son. He took one look at my collection and said, "Can we build one?!"

We were short on time so I agreed to build a kit the next time we were together.

One of these snap kits would have fit the bill perfectly and might have been the foundation for a love affair with model building. We can worry about glue, airbrushes and accuray later.
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009 - 09:59 AM UTC
Hi Erik

That would be absolutely the perfect occasion for these kits - and they're cheap enough to have a couple on the shelf as ammunition. As you say, a lifelong interest in model building may spring from such opportunities.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 04:38 PM UTC
Thanks for the review, Rowan. It's great to see the most basic of basic kits also being reviewed.

These sort of kits really are perfect for introducing youngsters to the hobby. We used to sell similar kits (by other companies) in the LHS in which I worked, and they've always proved hugely successful.

Let's not forget though, that many of the Star Wars kits are snap-tite kits, and we've all seen how great some of those have turned out.

Rudi
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 11:39 PM UTC
“The decals are thin and glossy with good register. In the case of both the RAF aircraft, the fuselage codes are shown reversed on one side, but it's a simple matter to slice the decals to put things right. Similarly, the Hurricane's tail markings look taller than usually depicted for this machine, but can be trimmed down easily enough. More of a problem is the colours, because the both the red and blue inks used are very bright and some of the printing is also a bit ragged on the edges of the roundels, so many modellers will prefer to replace them.”






The codes read left to right RF*E on both sides of the fuselage of P3901,



The fin flash was definitely the 27 inch square type. Pegasus told me (last year) that both thee mistakes would be fixed on future releases. As far as I can work out, P3901 was a Hawker built Hurricane so the colours of the national markings were probably the dull versions that were supposed to be used with camouflage. However, the bright, pre-war colours were used on Gloucester built Hurricanes such as V6665 RF*J.




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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 09:39 AM UTC
Hi Antoni

That's a really interesting note about the roundel colours on Gloster-built Hurricanes. I've never heard that before. Do you know how long (roughly) the practice continued before they fell into line with officialdom?

It's also noticeable in those shots that the blue of the fin flash photographed differently to the fuselage roundel (more than just attributable to being on a flat(ish) surface?).

I always think we should team you up with Peter (Flitzer) to produce some RAF Camouflage & Markings Features.

All the best

Rowan