Revell’s celebration of the RAF’s centenary, as part of its ‘British Legends 1918-2018’ series, continues with a re-box of Eduard’s 1/48 SE.5a fighter.
In a deviation from the standard end-opening box modellers have come to associate with Revell, it’s packaged in a regular top-opening container. For those with experience of Eduard’s offerings, its equivalent to a ‘Weekend’ kit, and comprises three styrene runners (including one for clear parts) and a new decal sheet. If built as suggested, it depicts a Wolseley Viper-powered airframe, but for those with aftermarket decals, a Hispano-Suiza-powered airframe can also be replicated. Regardless of which is constructed, there’s a well-appointed cockpit (with separate side frames), and a delightful engine, while the external detail is magnificent, from the wing rib and fuselage stitching to the delicate engine grille.
The decal sheet is well printed, and features good register and sharp colour boundaries…roundel centres are supplied separately, and there are bezels for the instrument panel. For modellers with the necessary skill and patience, there are full rigging diagrams for this distinctive biplane. At £19.99, it’s slightly cheaper than Eduard’s offering, which makes it even better value. Two schemes are supplied:
D6998/C ‘Baroda II’, 24 Squadron RAF, Cappy, France, September 1918
F5689/G, 60 Squadron RAF, Inchy, France, November 1918