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Percival Vega Gull Kit

Dora Wings 1/72 Percival Vega Gull Kit First Look

By David L. Veres

Date of Review October 2018 Manufacturer Dora Wings
Subject Percival Vega Gull Scale 1/72
Kit Number 72004 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Nice detailing Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $18.95

First Look

Percival Vega Gull Kit
Percival Vega Gull Kit
Percival Vega Gull Kit
Percival Vega Gull Kit
Percival Vega Gull Kit
Percival Vega Gull Kit

Many consider lithe, lovely Percival Vega Gulls an epitome of pre-WWII British light-plane design. Examples not only plied civil circuits, but saw military service, as well.

Dora Wings has obliged fans of the second market with a beautiful little P-10 Vega Gull in "military service".

The crisply molded 1/72-scale kit features 80 components on 4 trees in gray and clear styrene. Additional "aftermarket-quality" details, decals, and assembly instructions complete contents.

Moldings sport everything you'd expect from recent Dora Wings kits, including:

  • 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
  • delicately rendered fabric-covered control surfaces
  • colorful decals

Dora Wings clearly intends styrene components for multiple Vega Gull packages. The kit sports, for instance, multiple two-bladed props, spinners, seats, rudders, noses, and tail wheels.

Easy-to-follow, 6-page instructions include a capsule history, parts maps, 21-phase assembly sequence, and box-top subject painting details. Two more decals placement pages cover the remaining colorful schemes:

  • RNZAF P-10 Vega Gull NZ571, 42 Sqn, Rongotai, 1944
  • Belgian Government P-10 Vega Gull, requisitioned OO-ANC, September 1939
  • Argentine Government P-10 Vega Gull, ex-L7272 (British Air Attaché), Buenos Aires, December 1946

Purists will note just hints of parts flash, here and there. Small flaws also mar a couple elements of windscreen masks. And based on Paul Jackson's plans in Air-Britain's authoritative On the Wings of a Gull: Percival and Hunting Aircraft, wings are perfect – but the fuselage appears slightly short.

But I quibble. Love pre-WWII civil subjects? Snag this little gem.

With thanks to Dora Wings for this review sample!