Blue Max 1/48 Avro 504K Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||January 2005||Manufacturer||Blue Max|
|Kit Number||206||Primary Media||Styrene, White Metal|
|Pros||Very Detailed Kit||Cons||Minimal instructions|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||Out of Production|
The AV Roe model 504 was designed as a two-seat trainer aircraft in 1912 and entered into 1913 Aerial Derby in Hendon after only three flights. While it didn't winthe race, the effort led to an initial production contract with the War Office which would lead to a production run of over 8000 aircraft.
The wartime Avro 504 would not only see to the training of numerous British aviators, it would also be exported and/or licence-built by a number of countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, and Russia. The Avro 504K was powered by either the 130 hp Clerget, 100 hp Gnome or 110 hp Le Rhone engine.
The kit is molded in light gray styrene and white metal. While there aren't that many parts to the project, the modeler is advised to seek out a reference such as the Windsock Datafile of the Avro 504K to help with detailing and appearance as the instructions may be a bit vague for the average modeler.
The nine-cylinder radial engine is comprised of nine cylinder heads (plus a spare) that are attached to the engine block, all cast in white metal. The cockpit interior framing (sides and floor) are also cast in white metal, providing the interior with some nice detailing as well.
The interplane struts, front skid struts and other structures are all to be fabricated from stryrene strips that are also included in the kit. The instructions provide templates for strut lengths.
Markings are included for two examples:
- AVRO 504K, E449 (restored) of the RAF Museum at Hendon
- AVRO 504K, H7528, of No.4 Flying Training School, Abu Sueir, 1921
While not oriented toward the novice modeler, Blue Max kits tackle some interesting WW1 era subjects with some nice detail that more seasoned modelers can appreciate. This will look great parked next to your other WW1 era aircraft!