Italeri 1/72 Sunderland Mk.III Kit First Look
by Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||June 2014||Manufacturer||Italeri|
|Kit Number||1352||Primary Media||Styrene, Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Updated tooling of this subject, nice detailing||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$78.95|
For a brief history of this subject and a look at Italeri's original Sunderland Mk.I, look here.
I remember building the Airfix 1/72 Sunderland many years ago and the kit was impressive for the amount of detail in the box. When Italeri released their Sunderland Mk.I, I decided to do quick-build of the kit and was quite pleased with how well the model goes together. How did Italeri do with this new Mk.III version? Let's take a look.
The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on five parts trees plus and fret of photo-etched parts. Among the features and options in this kit:
- Fuselage has revised step molded in lower hull
- Nicely detailed flight deck with choice of decal or photo-etched instrument panel
- Pilots' seats have photo-etched seatbelts, shoulder harnesses, and structural framing
- Radio compartment (behind flight deck) has radio operators station visible through doorway
- Detailed nose compartment with plank floor, anchor and winch, and other gear
- Detailed weapons bay
- Weapons bay doors can be positioned open or closed
- New movable dorsal turret
- Starboard rear fuselage door is positionable open or closed
- Detailed nose and tail turrets including revised guns
- Nose turret can be positioned retracted for access to nose compartment
- Optional beaching gear and tail trolley included
- Movable ailerons
- Movable rudder
- Movable elevators
- Weapons racks move in and out of weapons bay
- LOTS of dipole and yagi antennas
As you can see in the images, the kit isn't really complex but is rated as experienced skill level due to the photo-etched parts and lots of antennas.
The decal sheet provides markings for six different examples:
- Sunderland Mk.III, W4004, Z, 10 Sqn, RAAF, Mount Batten, UK, 1943
- Sunderland Mk.III, ML868, H, 230 Sqn, SEAC, Koggala, Ceylon, 1944
- Sunderland Mk.III, DV960, 2-H, 461 Sqn, RAF, Mount Batten, UK, 1942
- Sunderland Mk.III, W8060, Escadrille 7, Dakar, Senegal, 1943
- Sunderland Mk.III, W3999, RB-Y, 10 Sqn, RAAF, Mount Batten, UK, 1942
- Sunderland Mk.III, A26-6, 40 Sqn, RAAF, Townsville, Australia, 1944
This is a very nice looking kit of the Sunderland Mk.III and is a welcome follow-on to Italeri's Mk.I kit. Since the Mk.I was a fun build, we'll have to see how this gem goes together in proper colors and weathering.
My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!