Vought OS2U Kingfisher
A preserved OS2U Kingfisher
The Vought OS2U Kingfisher was initially accepted by the US Navy
in 1940. It served as a shipboard (battleships, etc.) observation
and scout aricraft, replacing the biplanes in use prior to that.
||Out of Box or Modified
|OS2U Kingfisher (HiTech)
||Multiple USN/RN markings, floatplane or wheeled version
This kit is a few years old. If you don't like raised panel lines,
don't buy this kit - it has them all over the place. The kit itself
is not all that bad, but there are a few things to watch:
Outside of the fiddly photoetch bits, this is not a difficult kit to assemble.
Some of the photoetch can cause headaches, some (such as the steps) are
better represented by the plastic pieces. If you havent' worked with
photoetch before, this may be a good kit to start with, if you have prior
Photoetch : There's a card of photoetch brass in the kit, and some of it
left me shaking my head in wonder (such as the steps, which are better
represented in the plastic pieces.)
The rear cockpit - You may want to put plastic card down underneath the
cockpit. The radio operator/gunner does not have legs in this kit
- and if you look in, you can tell. It's the first thing you'd notice.
The second thing is that there is NO floor - you can see the seam for the
fuselage perfectly. Detailers will want to clean this up.
Fit isn't bad at all.
The front cowling is only about 1/8 inch deep - again, it's a point the
detailers may want to work on (hollow out the cowl, add some plastc card
and a resin engine for more "depth."
Be prepared to get "creative" with masking and such if you use the three-tone
USN scheme. I did things a little backward here - I painted the white
first, then the Dark Sea Blue, then painted the Intermediate Blue between
them, working around the wing. It seems to be the best way to go.
The photoetched braces on each side of the main float's strut are difficult
to line up (moreso because of the dark plastic, at least to me.)
Cut off the locating tabs, and work from there.