Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale
Morane-Saulnier MS 406
Morane-Saulnier MS 406
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I purchased this kit from Squadron Mail Order more years ago than I
wish to remember. When I bought it I thought the MS 406 was an
interesting aircraft, but when I opened the kit my expectations were not
met. I had been spoiled by Hasegawa and Tamiya.
But, after rejoining a local model club I felt challenged and decided
to build the Hobbycraft kit.
Since this occurred a few years ago I cannot recall all the details
of the effort, but here it goes. Rather than delve into all the
step-by-step efforts in the build I will address only the “special”
efforts that went into the build. The Osprey Aircraft of the Aces,
Volume 23 Finnish Aces of World War 2 was used for my reference. On page
35 a profile of the Morane-Saunier MS.406 flown by Captain Martti Kalima
appears. The color scheme was quite appealing to me, and I found decals
in the spare box to complete the model. There was nothing in my way to
finish this model!
The model was completed using almost all of the kit parts with a few
exceptions as noted below.
I had a spare instrument panel from an Eduard Bf 108 kit that was more
detailed than the kit part, so that was detailed and installed. The
panel set back away from the front edge of the cockpit, so accuracy was
not an issue for me. I also replaced the seat and added PE seat belts.
paints were used throughout. I used an oil wash to accent the panel
lines, MicroSet and MicroSol to place the decals, and ModelMaster clear
satin to seal everything.
The telescope gun sight was scratch-built using brass tubing, a photo
etch cross hair, and copper wire. This resulted in a more detailed
feature than the kit part. I also replaced the pitot tube using brass
tube and a straight pin.
Brass tube was also used for the wing and spinner-mounted guns. The two
scope on either side of the engine were drilled out to add depth.
The exhausts also presented and opportunity for enhancement. I carefully
removed the bottom collector tube from each side and super glued a short
length of brass tubing in its place. Each exhaust system was first
airbrushed with flat black, dry-brushed with Pactra Rust and finally
lightly dry-brushed with Rub-n-Buff silver.
The antenna wire was made using invisible thread and white glue for
insulators. The insulator were painted white.
Silver paint applied with a fine point paint brush was sparingly applied
to represent wear and tear on the finish. No major weathering for this
I cannot recall any fit problems or any difficulties in the build so
that must mean there were none, or my memory has completely failed me.
Although the landing gear looks out of alignment, it is supposedly
reasonably correct for this aircraft. The kit was quite basic, but a
nice departure from the more current highly detailed kits.
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007
by Michael Novosad IPMS Number 36721
Page Created 08 July, 2007
24 December, 2007
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