Since 72 has become a new mold, it is natural to want 48 as well. But Buccaneer is pretty big! I thought it would be difficult to make a Buccaneer larger than the F-14 with a 48 in terms of cost, so I thought it would not be so easy. But Airfix is great! It was released at 1/48.
I thought it would be Tamiya’s 1/48 F-14, but it’s bigger than I expected.
First of all, it’s very rudimentary. Isn’t Airfix’s plastic light blue? It’s true that the 1/72 Buccaneer was light blue, and the 1/72 Vulcan was light blue, but it seems that the 1/48 Buccaneer was changed to dark gray.
The intakelip is separate. Finemold’s 1/72 F-2 is a separate part, and Tamiya’s 1/48 F-14 is a separate part, so it may become a standard method from now on. Admittedly, painting this part was very troublesome.
You can see that it is not a simple enlarged version of 1/72. I like molds like this.
Is the runner’s A or B called a blank letter? It has been changed to something that is easy to see from the back or from the front. It’s a method originally started by Bandai, but I think it’s a reasonable method.
Having such a bulkhead or frame inside is directly connected to the ease of assembly, so it is highly welcomed. I don’t mean to criticize it, but the Modelsbit F-82 that I’m making now doesn’t have this kind of parts, so it’s more difficult to assemble.
It’s wing related.
In other words, it is a sculpture that does not seem to disappear with #800 sanding.
The main wing is a selection formula of the expanded state and the folded state. Based on my experience with 1/72, I think that the risk of damage to the folded outer wings can be reduced by just inserting the hinge parts and not gluing them together.