Special Hobby 1/48 Lloyd C.V


reviewed by Steve Jantscher

Kit Summary

Catalog Number: SH48013
Plastic Quality: B-
Resin Quality: A
Decal Quality: B
Instructions Quality: A
 Photo etch A

I don't know much about the Hansa Brandenburg Lloyd C.V, except that it was a spotter aircraft flown by the Austro-Hungarian air forces. The detail of it's career are not very relevant to this review. The subject today is another of the Special Hobby 1/48th scale WWI aircraft. As I've commented on before, these kits remind me of early Eduard attempts at WWI subjects. A bit of flash and large spru gates. The detail is recessed for the most part, with raised rib structure. The combination of nicely molded, if not crisply detailed plastic with a whole lot of resin bits and some photo etch should make into a nice kit.

I'm not all that impressed with the paint scheme / marking selections. I have the feeling that these might be the best of a sorry lot when it comes to this aircraft. It might not have had too many historical gaudy paint schemes. Also, the main structures (wings and fuselage) are to be represented as varnished plywood. I know that some decal manufactures have in the past offered decals of wood grain, but I don't know if any are still available. Lacking that, one's only option will be a difficult painting and dry brushing technique to simulate the plywood finish. Not impossible to do, just more difficult than most paint schemes.

On the plus side, this is a neat looking WWI plane, with the anachronistic looking "bird-like" wings of early designs


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