Dora Wings 1/72 Percival Vega Gull Kit First Look
|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|
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!