HK Models 1/32 scale
Douglas A-20G Havoc
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by Francesco Guedes
At Scale Model World, Hong Kong Models made a new 1:32 kit announcement.
The wait was long (for me at least) as I was very keen to know the new model kit from HK Models.
And then, PUFF!!!
An A-20 was announced on Facebook page… with a solid nose so probably the solid nose. Several CAD were share on the internet by HK Models. That was confirm on 12th November, Saturday, when lots of pictures were share on several social networks with the A-20G sprues.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a test sample sprues directly from HK Models CEO (Neil, thanks a lot my friend). This is not the final test shot and it does not have any number pieces indication, as it does not have any instructions, PE fret or decals - Just and simply the plastic.
Well, one point of the previous HK Models release that was talked about was the lack of interior detail. Well the detail was there but not totally pleasant to the 1:32 modeller.
Starting for the interior, that´s a lots of details, in a much more refine surface details on the parts.
This model has full interior, having interiors details along on the fuselage. The cockpit is very comprehensive. Remember that I don’t have the PE fret so if it comes with the seatbelts, it’s a good cockpit OOB. Even thought, there`s still room for the AM to come in.
The wings and the fuselage surface details are very good - the best of all HK Models without a doubt.
It`s very subtle and there’s the stress-skin surface with all the little negative rivets. Its present in all fuselage, wings and tail surfaces.
The fuselage has full interior detail, as does the bomb bay.
The engines have very good detail straight from the box. Could be better? Probably yes but after market guys will have a tons of fun on these engines. However, I quite happy with those straight from box.
The undercarriage and wheels bay are quite well achieved. I must say that I`m quite impressed in the detail in the wheels bays. In this area, there`s space for AM as usual, but sincerely, for me it will be a waste of time and money as it on OBB is will be great for such a “hidden” area.
The nose it is a model by itself. It has an extraordinary amount of detail, in the guns and the gun bay.
The upper turret has a sprue for itself. As with the rest of the model it has detail enough to have a great result straight from the box.
The clear part have good definition and clarity being in fact, transparent.
Now, the main concern: the fitting. The simple cut of the fuselage and wings, and the fit is marvelous in their main parts. The tail wings, the tail have connection points very well thought so there no problem of fitting also whatsoever, even though I can`t try it without glue it. I’m using as “instructions” some renderings that was given by HK Models but it hasn’t been easy!
What an epic release! Very good (and I mean really good) interior details in all parts since the nose across all fuselage, far superior of other HK Models releases.
An extra bonus and really nice surprise is the surface detail. Is very subtle effect of the stressed skin fuselage, brilliant work on the CAD and great work of the injection moulds.
This a show-stopper anywhere straight from the box and I still didn’t have seen the PE freet, the instructions and the decals! Stunning release of an unique A-20G in 1:32.
Kudos to HK Models!
Many thanks to Neil from ong Kong Models for the review sample.
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