PEGASUS


Title of model in white (Trebuchet MS) text


Review by David Harvey


Review Type
First Look
Scale:
1/48
Price:
$18.50 AUD from Moonee Ponds Models
Contents and Media:
14 plastic parts, stickers, small sheet of decals and one double sided instruction sheet
Advantages:
Quick build and easy to make
Disadvantages:
Very hard plastic, deep panel lines
Recommendation:
Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

The V-2 rocket (German: Vergeltungswaffe 2, vengeance weapon 2), technical name A4, was a long-range ballistic missile that was developed at the beginning of the Second World War in Germany, specifically targeted at Belgium and sites in southeastern England. The rocket was the world's first long-range combat-ballistic missile and first known human artefact to achieve sub-orbital spaceflight. It was the progenitor of all modern rockets, including those used by the United States and Soviet Union space programs, which gained access to the scientists and designs through Operation Paperclip and Operation Osoaviakhim.

Over 3,000 V-2s were launched as military rockets by the German Wehrmacht against Allied targets during the war, mostly London and later Antwerp, resulting in the death of an estimated 7,250 military personnel and civilians. The weapon was presented by Nazi propaganda as retaliation for the bombers that succeeded in attacking ever more German cities from 1942 until the end of the war.

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

The instructions and decals

The instructions are fairly basic as there are only fourteen pieces in the kit and not much construction involved. The diagram included for the multi coloured V2 is good enough to use but you would need some extra info to do all sides. They only give you the colours for the one cmaouflage version where there were in fact multiple different schemes ranging from the test schemes of black and white, through the several types of camouflage ones to an all green scheme. These various schemes are able to be checked out on the V2 site link listed below. Unfortunately Pegasus don't provided any manufacturers paint numbers only basic colour call outs eg Olive Green, Tan, Light Sand and Gunmetal.

The decals provided come in the normal two versions from Pegasus, one 'sticker' version and the other 'proper' decals. The stickers are quite colourful and would be very good for kids (or even adults) to have fun with and decorate the model. My daughter has succesfully used the Spitfire and P-51 stickers to decorate one of her drink bottles! The 'proper' decals are fairly minimal as they are just two stencil markings in white writing.


The kit

The plastic is the usual HARD Pegasus plastic, this time in a dark olive green colour rather than the previously seen tan or silvers. You are provided with scribed panel lines and rivets that are a little over done but look better than some other kits I have seen. You do need to be careful removing the parts form the sprues as due to the hardness of the plastic it may tear instead of separting easily (did I mention that the plastic is hard yet?).

The thing to remember with these kits is that they are design for kids to just put them together with no glue and as such the join pins are very good ie once put together you can pull them apart but it can be difficult. To that end I would suggest that when you put it together you don't try and pull it apart too many times. I have found with the plastic used that it can be filed etc like normal plastic but it is hard going.

The launch base is not very complicated nor detailed as it comprises only three parts.

 

Recommendation

I highly recommend these kits for both the newer modellers and the more experienced as well. They would definately go well as the first models for a 'newbie'as they are easy to put togther and get a good result at the end of a short period. WHilst not as detailed as some other kits they definitely look the part and are worth the money.

References

  1. V2ROCKET.COM - A site dedicated to the V2/A4 rocket in it's various guises.

 

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