This kit arrived in the post last week from Hornby, unfortunately the box was a bit squashed but the contents were fine.
On the sprues the parts look very good, with the now usual nicely engraved panel lines, and a well detailed amount of cockpit components. One sprue has been changed out from the earlier single seater, containing new fuselage halves and cockpit tube, and a new clear sprue is supplied.
The Cartograf decals have three options for two different airframes, a German nightfighter, the same aircraft after being captured and tested by the British, and a post war Czech machine. A nice touch is a note on the painting instructions for the Czech machine about the overall colour being the same as buses that were made in the same factory. No Swastikas as usual.
Instructions are the usual pictorial style.
Construction started with the cockpit that looks more like half an oil drum when you start. However all fits in fine and soon I was ready to put the fuselage together tapping the cockpit, and the three bulkheads (one either end and one in the middle of the tube.
Seat straps were Tamyia tape.
The fit of the two halves went well, with only some minor cleaning up to do. Next the wing underside went on followed by the top halves. These had all the control surfaces attached resulting in fine trailing edges, and a small overlap at the front, meaning that hardly any cleanup was needed on the wings. Next up was the tail which also had a good positive fit.
On the underside photo you can see that the underside of the cockpit barrel cleverly makes up the top of the undercarriage bay.
Next up will be the engine pods.