- Published on Friday, 21 January 2011 15:03 Peter Buckingham
Percival P.6 Mew Gull E.3H – 1938 KING’S CUP RACE VERSION
1/72 Resin Kit
Catalogue # AR.720300
Available from Dekno Models
The Spanish made Dekno Models are new to me. I know that webmeister Jim Hatch has recently reviewed some of their products and was enthused. I was enthused too, because Jim has given me the opportunity of reviewing another of their models and one from my favourite period of aviation – the 1930’s.
The Percival Mew Gull is a small aircraft and beautifully streamlined. Almost two years ago I had built one of these models in, wait for it, 1/200 scale! I had to take some stick from the lads (lads? A misnomer if ever I hear one!) at the model club for making a scale model tie pin. I was interested to see how Dekno have modelled this one.
The model I had previously made was of Alex Henshaw’s world record breaking E.2H version. What Dekno have done is to model Edgar Percival’s personal mount, G-AFAA, which he flew in the 1938 King’s Cup Air Race. Although similar to Henshaw’s, it was actually a new design. Unfortunately, during World War II, it was on loan for propeller trials at Hatfield and was ‘written off’ by a de Havilland pilot. The remains of the aircraft were burned at a Percival Garden Féte after the war! Sacrilege!
The kit box is interesting. Imagine a box of matches and multiply the size by three or thereabouts -and you have it. The box ‘art’ is a very grainy picture and in fact reminiscent of black and white newspaper photographs of the period. Sliding the box open revealed one plastic bag with heat sealed compartments stopping the parts from self destruction during the trials and tribulations of today’s postage. Nice one Dekno. There is also a sealed decal sheet and an A5 mono instruction sheet printed on both sides.
The resin parts will require a gentle clean up but the quality of the castings, like the curate’s egg, good. However, the wings are good. How Dekno have managed to produce wing trailing edges so sharp that you could shave with, beats me and they are not fragile either . They are so thin though, the edges are almost transparent.
The etched panel lines are about right and the fabric effect of the ailerons, elevators and rudder is sympathetically represented. The faired undercarriages with wheels are moulded as one piece. You do get a cockpit, of sorts – a pilot’s seat, an instrument panel (but no decals) and a ‘joy’ stick.
Roughly dry fitting the fuselage and wings together revealed there will probably be a strong case of filler being used.
The canopy is vac-formed and I wish it wasn’t. I recently reviewed a 1/144 Platz kit which had a far superior injection moulded canopy – they clean up and polish so much better than the vac-formed variety. I feel the quality of this vac-formed example will not enhance the finished model.
One thing I would suggest to any prospective builder is to pin the tailplane halves to the fuselage if possible as the gluing area is very thin.
The decal sheet as you would expect is very small and although they have made a valiant attempt at producing blue on gold letters and flashes, it hasn’t quite come off. Those of us who are used to the quality of Cartograph decals will be disappointed. They also appear to be quite thick with black colour bleeding onto the gold in some areas. This is a shame.
However, all things considered, the kit should make up into a very attractive model of Edgar Percival’s personal steed.
So what do we think?
A nice little resin kit that will definitely need some work on it, but once sorted, should look resplendent in it’s glossy white finish. The kit is available now from www.deknomodels.com and is priced at 24.00 Euros.
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