HR Model 1/72 Avia B-534/II
By Matt Bittner
The initial steps of construction are putting the cockpit together. Since most of this is photoetch care must be taken. First the seat – and belts – are glued together and painted. The instructions also point out the various colors on the photoetch pieces so pay close attention. Once the floor is painted then you add the control column (which consists of photoetch and plastic) and rudder pedals. To this is added the sidewalls and two rods that are cut from the supplied piece of separate plastic rod. Note that since this is the II series, you leave the headrest off, photoetch part 15. It's meant for the later versions with the full canopy. In the next step, you add the built-up instrument panel (photoetch and clear film) and the built-up seat. The last step before major construction is building the underside radiator. It is built with plastic and photoetch pieces, making for a pretty accurate looking radiator.
The rest of the major parts are now added. Lower wings, vertical and horizontal tail surfaces, radiator built-up in step four, separate upper, forward fuselage. You'll want to leave off the struts, prop and windscreen until the end, though. This includes the final step which is adding all struts, including landing gear, and upper wing. All that is best left until the end.
Comparing with RS Models B-534/5
- Complete cockpit, being provided by the photoetch
- Flying surfaces are more too scale (trailing edges are nice and thin)
- One-piece horizontal tail
- Struts don't show the finesse the RS kit does
- One-piece lower wing (helps with alignment)
- Struts show more finesse
- Plastic a little "crisper"
- Lack of cockpit details (although if you bought the separate Brengun photoetch it would definitely make up for it – but it is separate)
- Trailing edges not as thin as could be
Maybe overall I could give the nod to HR. It does have a more complete cockpit out-of-the-box and the flying surfaces are really nicely done.
I do really like the HR Model Avia B-534/II and am looking forward to starting it. As the Avias are the first foray into injected plastic for HR Model they have done a fantastic job. Definitely recommended.
I definitely would like to thank HR Model for supplying the Avia B-534/II for review.