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Cyber-hobby 1/72 scale Sea Vixen

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With its distinctive twin-boom, swept-wing layout, the Sea Vixen is among my favorite jet fighters. When it entered service with the Royal Navy in 1959, it provided significant improvements in performance and all-weather capability over earlier fighters.


Cyber-hobby has released a beautiful model of this important aircraft, bringing its own advances in model making. The “slide mold” technique yields hollow tail booms and fuel tanks; thus, no seams to sand. In addition to three sprues of crisply detailed pieces and one sprue of crystal-clear parts, there’s a decal sheet with six sets of markings. You can display the wings — as well as the speed brake, tail hook, ram air turbine, and flaps — extended or retracted. The eight-page, exploded-view instructions are generally good but have a couple of glitches.


Fit of the parts is exceptional. The initial step has several subassemblies sandwiched between the upper and lower fuselage halves. Here, the wheel wells are mislabeled; it should read “B3(B4).”


Given the kit’s overall quality, I found it odd that the cockpit lacked detail and the seats seemed too small. The actual cockpit reflects 1950s technology and is cluttered, so there’s plenty of opportunity to add detail.


I opted to close the speed brake and ram air turbine, but extended the tail hook a little. I left off the nose cone until later to make sure I had enough weight to keep the nose wheel down — 12 grams did the trick. Installing the tail booms was a snap, though I added shims between A16 and A5 to make them flush. I decided to fold the wings, but found the instructions vague.


The rib inserts for the main wings closest to the fuselage are not labeled, but they are B32 (left wing) and B35 (right side). No holes are provided for the wing-support struts, so I drilled holes just inboard of the wing fence, where three seam lines meet, and on the fuselage between the middle and aft set of engine-access panels, even with the lower panel lines. You need to dry fit the three fold “hinges,” but in the end you’ll have a solid foundation for the outer wing.


Painting is straightforward, although masking is not. For several components, the instructions provide no color guidance. Checking photos, I painted: landing gear, aluminum; intake trunks, yellow/buff; and wheel wells, white. You’ll also have to paint the frame over the sliding canopy.


Make sure you lay down a couple of clear gloss coats; you’ll need them for the decals. The red warning areas on the upper fuselage are prominent, so you want to make sure there isn’t any silvering. The aircraft was finished in gloss anyway.


I spent almost 40 hours on this kit, and I am most pleased with the result. It captures the unique shape and dimensions of the jet. Given the extensive masking, I’d recommend this kit for the intermediate modeler.


A version of this review appeared in the May 2012 issue of FineScale Modeler.

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