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Fouga CM.170 Magister

Wingman Models 1/48 Fouga CM.170 Magister Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2014 Manufacturer Wingman Models
Subject Fouga CM.170 Magister Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48008 Primary Media Styrene, Resin, Photo-Etch, Turned Brass
Pros Nicest Magister kit in any scale, comprehensive decals Cons Upgrades for only one of the two enclosed kits
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (Euro) 55.00€

First Look

Fouga CM.170 Magister
Fouga CM.170 Magister
Fouga CM.170 Magister
Fouga CM.170 Magister

In the history of turbine-powered aviation, the Germans were the first to fly with the Heinkel 178 (followed by the British Gloster E.28). The Germans were also first with an operational combat aircraft with the Me 262 (followed by the Gloster Meteor). The first purpose-built turbine-powered trainer was the Fokker S.14 Machtrainer, though the first to go into large-scale production was the Fouga CM.170 Magister. To put this into context, the S.14 first flew in 1951, the CM.170 in 1952, the T-37 in 1954, and the T-2 Buckeye in 1958.

The Magister entered production 1954 with over 900 examples built. A carrier-capable variant was also produced as the CM.175 Zephyr. The type was produced by Fouga in France and license-built by Heinkel-Messerschmitt in Germany, IAI in Israel, and Valmet in Finland. The Magister has seen military service in at least 25 countries and can be found flying in the warbird community today.

Earlier this year, Kinetic Models released the first styrene kit of the Magister in 1/48 scale (look here). Wingman Models has raised the bar further on the Magister with a previous release based on the Kinetic kit that includes a really nice resin cockpit, wheels and a nice set of yellow tape masks. This kit is special edition with those same additions plus a colorful set of marking options. Let's take a closer look:

Among the features and options of the kit:

  • Detailed resin cockpit tub, instrument panels and front panel cover
  • Nicely detailed crew seats with restraints
  • Choice of kit opaque or clear resin rear bulkhead (for rear view)
  • Very detailed nosegear structure in the nose
  • Nose hatch is removable to reveal avionics, nosegear structure, and gun bay
  • Full-length intake and exhaust ducts with Marbore engine faces fore and aft
  • Choice of positionable canopies or single-piece closed canopies/windscreen
  • Choice of rear cockpit transparencies
  • Seamless resin engine intakes
  • Positionable landing gear
  • Positionable flaps
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable dorsal and ventral speed brakes
  • Choice of two sets of resin wheels with different tire treads

This release has 19 colorful marking options:

  • CM.170, AA-011, Acro-Team FFS A, Landsberg AB, Germany, 1961
  • CM.170, AA-133, FFS A, Landsberg/Lech AB, Germany, 1959
  • CM.170, AA-134, FFS A, Landsberg/Lech AB, Germany, 1959
  • CM.170, AA-139, FFS A, Landsberg/Lech AB, Germany, 1959
  • CM.170, AA-247, FFS A, Landsberg/Lech AB, Germany, 1960
  • CM.170, SC-603, 1.MFG, Schleswig-Jagel AB, Germany, 1961
  • CM.170, AA-238, FFS A, Landsberg/Lech AB, Germany, 1966
  • CM.170, AA-248, FFS A, Landsberg/Lech AB, Germany, 1967
  • CM.170, SA-101, MFG 1, Schleswig-Jagel AB, Germany, 1967
  • CM.170, 93+03, MFG 1, Schleswig-Jagel AB, Germany, 1968
  • CM.170, SC-609, 2.MFG, Nordholz AB, Germany, 1963
  • CM.170, SB-205, MFG 2, Tarp-Eggebek AB, Germany, 1965
  • CM.170, SB-201, MFG 2, Tarp-Eggebek AB, Germany, 1967
  • CM.170, AA-106, FFS A, Celle AB, Germany, 1962
  • CM.170, EC-392, AG 53, Leipheim AB, Germany, 1965
  • CM.170, YA-203, E-Stelle 61, Manching AB, Germany, 1967
  • CM.170, 215, 1 FS, Baldonnel AB, Ireland, 1977
  • CM.170, 216, 1 FS, Baldonnel AB, Ireland, 1983
  • CM.170, 220, Silver Swallows, Baldonnel AB, Ireland, 1997

These decals are nicely done and include a nice suite of airframe stenciling - painting instructions are provided using RAL numbers.

Note that like the Kinetic release, this kit has two complete Magister models in the box, but resin details for only one. You can still build the other kit with the stock parts and use the resin details as a guide should you want to have a similar level of detail in the second model.

There are a wide variety of color schemes in this release even though we're looking at the Magisters of two Air Forces. The time periods selected for the Luftwaffe finds the early options in silver and high-visibility colors followed by some transitional color schemes before the adoption of the standard Luftwaffe camouflage in the later examples. Have some fun and give one of these releases a try!

My sincere thanks to Wingman Models for this review sample!