1/72 RODEN Curtiss H-16
Contents and Media:
236 parts in grey plastic
$32 from NKR
Today I review the Roden
Curtiss H-16 in 1/72. The Curtiss H-16 is an American built version
of the Felixstowe F2.A which was also produced by Roden not so long
ago. The main difference between the two is the change of engines from
the Rolls Royce Eagle engines to the US Liberty V-12 engines. Both
version of the aircraft were used by the RAF in WWI until around 1919.
The US Navy used them until the mid 1920's.
This review would be
mostly the same for any review of the F2.A, but I haven't reviewed
that one so here we go.
instruction sheet is12 pages long of which there are four of painting
guides, one of history and four of construction diagrams. There is
also a page of rigging instructions for those that are keen enough
to try it. The rigging is quite involved and would require a great
deal of time and self control. Roden also supplies a history of the
type in three languages as well as some perfromance data. The paint
numbers supplied on the instructions are Humbrol (my favourite) so
they are readily available in Australia. The painting guide for option
3 seems to be incorrect in the colours for the aircraft as the guide
on the side of the box differs from the colours specified on the instruction
are quite a lot of parts in this kit which include a large number of
small, delicate parts. Roden seems to do well in the production of
thesefine parts but fall down in the amount of flash that is on the
plastic. The flash is no great drama as it is easily removed but it
is still present none the less. For a kit of this quality I would expect
that flash would be at a minimum.The small parts would also take a
fair amount of cleaning upto remove the mould lines on them.
There is also the problem
of the location of the ejection marks appearing in possibly visible
spots. I have five different Roden biplane kits and they all have ejection
posts marks in the cockpit areas. They go to the extent of doing the
internal frames of the cockpit area then mar them with these marks.
Apart from these concerns the kit is quite good.
The kit construction
starts with the engine, each engine consists of 42 parts. There are
a multitude of small parts to make each engine which are around 1.5cm
long. Next is the construction of the seven Lewis Machine Guns to spread
around the aircraft. These MG's are nicely detailed, as per the earlier
Roden efforts I have seen.
Next is the cart used to
transfer the aircraft onto the beach which consists of 18 parts.
Stages 12 to 18 are all
for the construction of the cockpit and fueslage.The interior has sufficient
detail to look good through the canopy and fueslage windows. The vertical
tailplane has a decent attempt at wood effect for the scale and also
has the only option for this kit other than the decals. There are two
different tails supplied for the aircraft so you will need to fit the
correct one for the option you choose.
The remaining four stages
are the constrction of the wings and the final assembly of the fueslage
and wings. The wings are a rather strange looking affair and would
be the hardest part of the kit to make in my opinion. As with all Biplanes
they need careful construction as there are only small locating holes
for the struts to be positioned and glued. As I mentioned earlier,
the aircraft has a fair amount of rigging o be done if you are of brave
and patient disposition.
are four different aircraft able to be modelled in this kit, they are:
Curtiss H-16, A-1032,
Based at Lough Foyle, 1918. This aircraft is in all over Satin US Ghost
Grey (Hu 127);
Curtiss H-16, A-845,
US Navy, 1920. Topside is Satin US Ghost Grey (Hu 127)with the underside
of Service Brown (Hu10) and the top of the upper wing is Matt Lemon
Curtiss H-16, based
at Killinghome 1918. The bottom of the fueslage is Service Brown (Hu10),
the tail and wing top is Matt WWI Green (Hu108), the rest I can't work
Curtiss H-16, s/n
N4892 based at Felixstowe, May 1918. Fueslage of Light Buff (Hu7) and
Service Brown (Hu10) with the wings of Matt WWI Green (Hu108) and Matt
Linen (Hu74). I don't believe that Hu108 is being made by Humbrol anymore.
kit is brought down by the amount of flash and mould marks on the smaller
parts that would require cleaning up. There is also the confusion of
the colour guide and what is the required paints. The upside is that
it is a very nice kit with fine detail that will make a very colourful
addition to your collection.
I would not recommend
this kit for a beginner but I think that it is within the ability of
a experienced modeller, not just an expert.
For other reviews of
the Felixstowe F2.A see the links below: