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Modelcollect 1/72 V1 + launch ramp (UA72033)
Topic Started: Nov 29 2017, 10:22 PM (101 Views)
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This is the other Modellcollect kit that caught my eye at Telford. The V1 has appeared in several guises in kit form over the years, often as an adjunct to an aircraft kit, more rarely as a kit in its own right. The only other offering that comes close to this one that I can think of is the Mach 2 V-1 Launch Site set, which to quote Hannant's contains the 2 rockets, launching ramp and grey walls. RRP is GBP 62.00. Now I don't know about you, but I don't really relish the thought of handing over 60+ spons for a set of plastic parts of dubious quality. This Modelcollect kit offers two V1s and the launch ramp for a much more affordable GBP 16.50. It can't be too difficult to scratch build some 'grey walls', can it?

The kit is presented in a strong, good quality box, glossy finished and with an attractive box art of a V1 about to launch.

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The weight of the box is such that you might think it contains some resin. It doesn't, but it is brim full of parts and contains an awful lot of plastic, the weight deriving from the ramp components that are rather solid lumps of polystyrene.

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You two runners that contain all the V1 parts, plus the ramp supports.

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Panel lines on the V1 are a little on the heavy side and will benefit from reduction with Mr Surfacer. I haven't put the V1 against any plans, but I'm a little bothered with the nose shape because it looks too rounded. It looks as if it could do with a sharper profile with a compound curve towards the tip, but I'm planning on getting some references together before showing it files or abrasives. Otherwise there's not a lot to go wrong, a plank wing and a double tube for the pulse jet. You also get a booster rig to mount one of the V1s onto the ramp.

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The ramp parts come on four identical runners. Shrinkage is apparent and given the thickness of the mouldings almost inevitable. If you really can't ignore it I would recommend paper or thin card inserts cut to size and dropped in place. I have some 160g/m inkjet paper that would do the job.

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Instructions are printed on good quality semi-gloss paper and are completely fit for purpose. Colour guides are comprehensive for two schemes, one with the ramp camouflaged, one plain. You couldn't ask for much more, but there is, the generic decal sheet. In this instance it's probably pretty much redundant unless you wanted to dress up the V1s for fun.

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I've mentioned the V1 shape issues and shrinkage to the ramp parts, one other puzzling thing is what to do with the second V1? You could really do with a cradle or trailer to pose it waiting to be hoisted onto the ramp. I will be digging out an old Heller Natter/Reichenberg combo that includes a couple of cradles and use them as patterns to scratch build one for the V1. Notwithstanding these points this is a rather nice set for anybody interested in V-weapons/missiles etc. Posed on a suitable diorama base (the box art setting is a starting point) with some figures and vehicles (the Special Armour vehicle kits are rather good) it should be an interesting model to look at. As a fan of German rocketry and assorted 'funnies' I'm hopelessly biased, but for something a little different this ticks all the boxes.

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