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Smer 1-48 Macci Castoldi M.C. 72 5 years 2 months ago #40

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Hi,

this is a quick and simple review of the Smer MC72 kit. I am no expert for the MC 72 and mainly like to show what is in the box and through some of my thoughts in. I bought my kit some time ago and started it just to quit working on it for some reasons I meanwhile forgot :-)

The box contains a quite limited number of plastic parts (17 only) and a notable amount of flash - of which I removed a lot already. The panel lines are engraved but a bit on the thick and shallow side. The corrugated cooling areas are replicated with thin raised lines. The Plastic parts are a bit thick, which is especially notable on the fuselage halves.
There is no cockpit detail (I did start to grind the interior to thin the fuselage) and no beaching trolley. The whole thing looks very short run.

I have not tried the decals yet but they look thin, sharp and in register. They are printed by "Propagteam" and I think they will be the best of the kit :-)

As can be seen from the pictures the fitting is so so. Filler and sanding will be needed.

It has been reported that the Smer kit of the MC 72 is in fact 1:50 scale. I suppose the given dimensions in the instructions are correct: Length 8,34 m and span 9,48 m. This translates in 1:48 to length 17,6 cm and span 17,75 cm. The model however is only about 16,3 cm long and has a span of 19,0 cm. So it is close to 1:50 - not 1:48

I will try to find some trustworthy line drawings to compare he kit parts to. I first used the ones on the Wikipedia page (I was a bit lazy...) but they are useless - the fuselage is too short compared to the span and thus I expect there are more issues with this. So more on this later.

René
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Re: Smer 1-48 Macci Castoldi M.C. 72 5 years 2 months ago #41

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I digged out some MC 72 drawings from Harry Crusoe (? - need to check the spelling) as the Charles Mendenhall drawings have not the best reputation I heared. The drawings are 1:48 scale and as mentioned above the Smer Kit is 1:50. Some points which I saw when comparing the kit to the drawings:

1. The panel lines of the fuselage engine section have some discrepancies - please check.
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2. The exhaust area is bigger on the kit.

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3. The cockpit opening is deeper on the kit.

4. The vertical tail has a slightly different shape.

5. The floats seem to be close to 1:48 scale, so they are too long for the kit.

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6. The drawing shown more voluminous float than are represented in the kit.


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7. The cooling areas on the top wing is wrong:The "dural panel" where the wireing is should not be there: The cooling area is not interupted on the top. It also extends further to the trailing edge than in the kit.

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8. The wireing location is different in the kit than shown in the plans.

9. The horizontal tail has a very different shape in the kit.

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If one intends to correct the points above it will be not so much more work to blow the kit up to 1-48 scale I think. The wings must be extended at the tips only, the floats are almost there the fuselage can be cut up in a few areas and shimmed to teh correct dimension. Vertical needs reshapeing anyway and horizontals too (if the drawings are correct of course). I will probably try this but pleas: Do not wait for that to happen soon :cheer:
René
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Re: Smer 1-48 Macci Castoldi M.C. 72 5 years 2 months ago #43

Thanks! That's a very comprehensive review!
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Re: Smer 1-48 Macci Castoldi M.C. 72 4 years 10 months ago #53

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René

Can you message me directly about this? My email is info_at_hpmhobbies.com I would be VERY interested in seeing a copy of the drawings you have.

Thanks in advance

Christopher
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Re: Smer 1-48 Macci Castoldi M.C. 72 4 years 10 months ago #54

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Hi Christopher,

will send you a scann.

Best,
René
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Re: Smer 1-48 Macci Castoldi M.C. 72 4 years 10 months ago #56

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These are Harry Robinson drawings by the look of it, these drawings are also avialable in book format.

Giampaolo sent me drawings reportedly from Casstoldy himself which I scanned (in parts since they didn't fit on my scanner)

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