Let's see the box arts;
Here is the first one, the classic. It depicts a nice and vibrant action, with a bridge over the river Meuse on the background.
The next one, in my opinion is a bit poor, and has a weird perspective which makes it look strange.
I normally like Airfix early 90s boxes, but the kit made clean straight out of the box looks a bit silly. The undercarriage looks awful. It really puts me off buying it.
THE KIT - 3.5 out of 10.0 >>
This is a very old kit, and inaccurate as well. Airfix dresses a prehistoric kit with a supermodern box art, but the kit is the same as you could buy 40 years ago.
Besides the lack of small details, and small inaccuracies typical of early models, this kit has two gigantic errors; it has a short nose and wrong tail shape. You need to add 4mm of length to the nose, and reshape the tail. I haven't done this as I am not a perfectionist, but it looks strange and just by sight you can notice that the engine is way too short.
The only difference between this kit and the first release is the inclusion of two modern pilots (for modern I mean the ones released in the early 80s or before!).
Other problems include the undercarriage being massively thick, the propeller just fits in the two halves of the fuselage without detail nor anything that avoids the propeller rattling, and the poor fit of the rear canopy, which is also incredibly wrong and weird.
EXTRAS - 7.0 >>
For your money you have 2 pilots and 4 bombs, which is good enough.
POSSIBILITIES - 7.0 >>
You'll hardly escape the mickey-mouse, but at least you can make a interesting turkish, greek or belgian version, besides the always colourful yellow trainers-target towing aircraft.
You can look here to see further camouflages;
Pics extracted from Scale Aviation Modeller International.
PRICE/VALUE RATIO - 7.0 >>
It costed me 10 € in a modelshop, thanks to Airfix retail distribution, you can find it nearly anywhere. If a toyshop has model kits, it will definitely have Airfix, and with a bit of luck this model too.You can buy it from eBay for around 9 £, but if you search a bit around and you buy a older version which will be the same with better moulding
(except the nice Greek markings) you can surely get it for 6 or 7 £.-->
HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE - 4.0 >>
The historical importance score is determined by how many were built, and how much operational service they had, and how much influence they made on the conflicts in which they were involved.
It did affect the war, albeit if probably negatively on it's side (I am a detractor of the plane, one of those who think it was utterly inefficient). The production was very big (2,185), but few of these were operationally used.
OVERALL - 6.0 >>
This is a good kit if you like to spend hours improving it, or if you are a beginner it is not a very complicated model, without many small pieces, and pretty easy assembly. If you want a nice finish without tons of work and a doubtful result, you better get the MPM kit, although when you see it in pics it doesn't look so different, but it will be certainly much easier and examining it carefully you will see it has much more detail (just compare the propeller vosp). The bad thing about the MPM is the price (double or triple the Airfix) and it's scarcity.
In one phrase; a kit quite like the real thing, with many errors and shortcomings.
IMAGES OF FINISHED JOBS
(What? you have built this model? I'd love to include the pics here in this section so everyone can look at it. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org !)
Until the next bombing mission!!!