Dora Wings 1/48 Percival Proctor Mk.III Kit First Look
By David L. Veres
|Date of Review||January 2019||Manufacturer||Dora Wings|
|Subject||Percival Proctor Mk.III||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||48006||Primary Media||Styrene, Photo-Etch, Resin|
|Pros||Crisp moldings, fine recessed scribing||Cons||Nothing serious|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$49.99|
"Don't re-invent the wheel."
That adage surely figured in Dora Wings' welcome decision to enlarge and adapt their beautifully molded 1/72 P-10 Vega Gull to 1/48 scale.
Lithe, lovely Percival Vega Gulls remain highpoints of pre-WWII British light-plane design. And the versatile aircraft quickly earned Royal Air Force interest for training and communications roles.
The crisply molded Percival Percival Proctor Mk.III features 84 gray and clear plastic parts on 6 trees. Assembly instructions, decals, and aftermarket-quality extras complete contents.
Each Dora Wings release gets better and better. And this one features:
- fine, recessed scribing
- fine raised scribing where appropriate
- clear canopy with clearly delineated framing
- superbly detailed cockpit with instrument panel, bulkheads, joysticks, seats, controls, and more
- separate cockpit entry doors
- subtle fabric-covered areas surface detail
- colorful decals
Variants of styrene components suggest further packages. The kit sports, for instance, multiple two-bladed props, spinners, noses, and tail wheels.
Dora Wings packs a capsule history, parts maps, 21-phase assembly sequence, stencil locator, and color guides into 12-pages of colorful, easy-to-follow instructions. The crisply printed decals sport a stencil suite and markings for 5 schemes:
- camouflaged RAF Proctor Mk.III, museum exhibit, 2017
- camouflaged Royal Danish Air Force Proctor Mk.III, 1946/47
- aluminum doped RAF Proctor Mk.III Z-7237, 1942
- aluminum doped USAAF Proctor Mk.III, RAF serial HM300, 1945
- aluminum doped Royal Netherlands Air Force Proctor Mk.III, 1947
After seeing this gorgeous model, I can't wait for Dora Wings' pending 1/48 Bloch MB.151/152/155 series – and Seversky P-35 kits.
More, please, Dora Wings. Much more.
With thanks to Dora Wings for the sample.