May 31, 2009
Revell-Germany's 1/144 C-17A "Globemaster III" ~ In Box Preview by Dasphule
Well gang, Revell has done it again! There must be something in the water in Germany lately; those guys are pumping out the styrene goodness left and right! Their latest plastic gem is the long awaited C-17A Globemaster III. I put off buying my copy until it got the point that everyone was sold out of them, but again my girl Jen at House of Hobbies found one for me. Jen, tons of love to ya darlin!
Scaled out at 1/144th scale, the kit is
MUCH bigger than you expect a 1/144th kit to be, and Revellís designers
didnít pull any punches when detailing her inside and out. 124 parts and
with 13 of them in clear grace the tightly packed box interior.
Beautiful engraved panel lines and raised reinforcement bands grace the
whole exterior of the aircraft, none of them overdone and in scale to my
eyes. Detail is as sharp as can be expected on the interior parts for
the scale. Iím not sure an aftermarket set is in the works for this one,
but it has unlimited possibilities for load outs. Iím currently looking
for some 1/144th Hummers for mine, possibly some figures, too. The
cockpit is minimal with an all in one piece layout. The rear wall, the
seats, all of it is one piece, but the view into the cockpit will be
next to nil once itís built up, so the suggestion of these details is
all thatís needed.
Youíre given three choices as to how the
model can be built. All sealed up, gear down, or gear down with rear and
side doors open. Mine will definitely opened up! The interior wall and
floor detail must be shown off as itís beautifully molded. The walls and
floor are molded as separate pieces from the fuselage and look like
theyíll just fall right in during assembly.
The instructions have you building the interior shell and adding to it the landing gear and various clear bits. Once youíre done with this, it all fits into the outer fuselage halves. Interesting, and novel, approach IMO. Next itís on to wing assembly and installation, as well as gear doors. Some of the gear doors will have to be cut in half if you do the kit gear down, but the cut lines are clearly marked with engraved lines.
What You Get
Next up are the engines. They look decent
enough, keeping in mind that individual fan blades in this scale would
be nigh impossible to replicate in styrene. This is one of the places on
this kit that I think an aftermarket PE company could do us all a favor.
Some PE fan blades would just make this kit jump off the table as the
blades are one of the first things you notice when you walk up to the
real thing. Even a slight breeze makes them turn when itís sitting idle
on the flight line, which causes them to make that weird scraping noise
that forces you to look up at them.
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