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KC-97G Kit

Minicraft 1/144 KC-97G Stratotanker Build Review

By Fotios Rouch

Date of Review November 2018 Manufacturer Minicraft
Subject KC-97G Stratotanker Scale 1/144
Kit Number 14610 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Only KC-97G kit in this scale Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $25.00

The Build

This is a continuation of 1/144th scale builds for a good friend. For a first look at the kit, look here.

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This is not an elaborate kit. It is basic in its design, maybe too basic. The engines are crude and the props are bad. The Cobra resin company made a great set to correct this deficiency. Lone Star Models bought the masters from the now defunct Cobra and is now the provider for this set.

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There is just a black hole for a cockpit, so you are on your own there. I made my own just so something shows through the canopy.

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The instructions show to add weight. I added four times as much and it was not enough. The landing gear will probably not take all the necessary weight.  I had to add a clear rod to keep the model from sitting on its tail.

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The glass cockpit piece does not fit right, and it leaves gaps. I trimmed off the positioning inserts and positioned it free style onto the fuselage. I still had to sand it smooth for a good fit.

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The main wings slot into the fuselage. There will be gaps. The gaps are in such areas that it is impossible to fill and sand right under the fuselage crease.

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The decals broke up for the most part, so I used my own. I used a scheme that my friend loves but the serials are not right.

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Overall it makes a good impression, but it is a crude kit.

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