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Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit

Dora Wings 1/72 Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit First Look

By David L. Veres

Date of Review November 2018 Manufacturer Dora Wings
Subject Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Scale 1/72
Kit Number 72001 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Nice detailing Cons Nothing serious
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (Euro) $19.50

First Look

Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit
Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit
Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit
Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit
Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit
Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit
Bellanca CH/J-300 Record Flight Kit

Dora Wings continues its innovative subject releases with a beautiful, 1:72-scale Bellanca CH/J-300.

Nicknamed "Record Flight", the "Pacemaker" package sports 92 plastic parts on 5 trees in gray and clear styrene. A photoetch fret, optional resin landing gear, canopy masks, decals, and instructions complete contents.

The crisply molded, virtually flash-free moldings sport stunning detail, including:

  • fine, recessed scribing
  • clear canopy with fine, raised framing
  • superbly detailed cockpit with instrument panel, bulkheads, joysticks, bench seat, floor, and rudder pedals

  • an 18-part engine/cowling/forward fuselage subassembly
  • undercarriage options
  • separate, delicately rendered, fabric-covered control surfaces

Dora Wings clearly intends styrene components for multiple "Pacemaker" packages. Parts, for instance, sport flashed-over fuselage windows for further civil and military examples.

Easy-to-follow, 8-page instructions include a capsule history, parts map, 20-phase assembly sequence, and painting guides. Just remember to open flashed-over location holes inside parts A1 and A3 in Step 10 for the wing subassemblies from Steps 8 and 9.

The colorful, precisely printed decals depict 3 eye-popping schemes – each with a different landing gear configuration:

  • CH-300 NR688E Transatlantic Flight Attempt, 1933
  • J-300 NR761W, New York City to Istanbul, Turkey, 1931
  • J-300 NR761W, 1930 American Legion Convention, Boston

What a stunning little kit – and a rare, injection-molded Bellanca subject.

Let's hope Dora Wings favors us with many more models from aviation's "Golden Age". How about a Spartan 7W Executive, Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing series, Howard DGA family, and Bellanca 28-90 Flash – among many more?

Love classic "Golden Age" subjects? Snag this gorgeous effort.

With thanks to Dora Wings for this review sample!

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