A&A Model 1/72 Ha-300 Light Supersonic Interceptor Kit First Look
By David L. Veres
|Date of Review||July 2018||Manufacturer||A&A Model|
|Subject||Ha-300 Light Supersonic Interceptor||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||7207||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Beautiful moldings, fine scribing||Cons||Nothing serious|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$18.00 (OOP)|
Start with German engineering. Add Spanish development. Secure Indian assistance. And complete with Egyptian production.
That's the miniscule, multi-national Helwan Ha-300 – Egypt's only indigenous fighter project. And it's the subject of a truly terrific – and tiny! – 1/72-scale, 3D-designed kit from A&A Models – a brand of ModelSvit Balkans Ltd made in Ukraine.
For supposedly "short-run" production, quality of the 66 gray plastic parts is uniformly outstanding. A&A's crystal-clear canopy components include both open and closed options – with vinyl masks. And 16 microscopic photoetched brass pieces add further detail to this magnificent little kit.
You'll find only the tiniest bit of flash between the two-part canopy choice. And that's it.
Who'd have thought that we'd ever see an injection-molded Ha-300 – let alone one with an 11-piece ejection seat?
The minute model virtually swims in its big (310mm x 215mm) box. I figure three (3) 1/72-scale Ha-300s could easily fit into A&A's voluminous packaging!
A&A's large (210mm x 295mm), 6-page, Ukrainian-English instructions feature a parts map, paint matches keyed to Humbrol products, and an 18-step assembly sequence. The 2-page color & markings guide with explanatory notes details two, almost identically marked subjects:
- Helwan Ha-300-001, March 1964
- Helwan Ha-300-001 German Museum Exhibit
A&A's compact, precisely printed decal sheet offers utterly exquisite detail. I can actually read the infinitesimal Arabic – but, unfortunately, it doesn't say "Helwan" ["Chelwaan"], as it should!
Still, what an amazing effort. Launched in 2008, ModelSvit has focused on leading-edge design and production approaches to short-run model kit manufacturing.
This kit confirms the company's strikingly high standards: from packaging and presentation, through moldings and instructions, to details and decals, overall quality ranks as simply superb.
Now maybe A&A will favor us with equally brilliant, 1:72-scale models of Argentina's FMA I.Ae.37 Pulqui II and India's HAL HF-24 Marut jet fighters!
With thanks to ModelSvit Balkans Ltd. for this review sample!