Our hobby is nothing short of pure enthusiasm and is seldom rewarding. This may not be true for well-established, mainstream kit producers, but it is certainly so for many modelling geeks around. There are companies or producers, however, which will surely not impress you with superlative execution of their products, yet they earn your admiration for graciousness of their modelling nerve and dedication.
Nenad Miklusev of Aeropoxy Serbia is just one among those people that surely deserve your attention. If you happen to be a modeller that is not afraid of handling sometimes flimsy subjects that call for one’s full modelling devotion and skills, than you should consider Aeropoxy whenever trying to find just another interesting subject for your stash of treats. It is a small company (if you may call it that way) specialized in short-run and very limited resin kits of various aircraft, but mainly the aircraft that were originally produced or somehow marked the history of air-force(s) of the former Yugoslavia. He is also well known in regional modelling circles, and is definitely your primary choice for well informed answers to all possible doubts about the Yugoslav aircraft of all eras.
Apart from my babbling lip service (which probably makes Nenad very uncomfortable), I wanted to present you with Aeropoxy’s small conversion set which enables you to produce an interesting Naval Moth. Our very able Rowan Baylis already reviewed the Amodel’s D.H. 60 G here
, and deemed it a good value kit of this famous aircraft, yet he recommended it only to an experienced modeler. He also raised an accuracy issue over the kit’s wings, but I will leave that to the Accuracy Squad. For sure, Amodel’s Moth may serve you well as a platform for this conversion set.
Aeropoxy of Serbia offers you with the floats conversion set and decals that enables you to build the D.H.60 G Naval Moth of the 25th wing, 2nd Naval Aviation Command of RYAF (Divulje-Split, April 1941), nr. 1189, which was acquired by the Adriatic Sentry (Jadranska Straža). The aircraft is famous for its Cyrillic and Latin inscription “Sarajevo” on both fuselage sides, which also makes it dear to me. The conversion kit consists of:
- Three flake-resin sheets with 16 resin parts (float support struts);
- Two resin floats;
- Two decal sheets (printed by LiftHere decals);
- One instruction sheet,
- Modelers Archive CD ROM.
The milky white resin pieces are not flawless, and the patience is required in order to clean the flash resin flakes, especially around the small float support struts. If necessary, the hot water trick will help you to restore the original shape of some distorted struts. I also counted more struts than necessary to build this conversion, which leaves one with leniency of error if something goes wrong. The resin floats, however, are very nicely casted and with only few small bubbles to fill. I tackled the Aeropoxy’s milky white resin before, so I know from experience that it is rather soft and very responsive to light sanding – just water it with care, and it will surely blossom!
The kit comes with two sets of LiftHere decals with four RYAF roundels, a two-piece emblem of the Adriatic Sentry, and four fuselage inscriptions “Sarajevo”. There are also other smaller decals, including the Moth logo. The decals are sharp and in good register, though mine are a bit yellowish, which makes me guess that they're not the most recent editions.
The real highlight of this interesting set, however, is the modelers archive CD ROM, with all necessary data to further detail your Naval Moth. If you don’t want to build this particular machine, I am quite sure that – with the aid of some aftermarket decals and some minor modification – you are virtually able to build almost any other Naval Moth, and this is where the CD ROM proves very useful, since you can find many useful information for your intended build.
When all is said and done, this is an all-round, limited edition conversion set intended for modelling enthusiasts looking for a slightly different subject. If you are not already convinced by my somewhat sentimental review (after all, this set enables me to build probably the only airplane that was named after my place of birth), I urge you to visit and explore other interesting kits and conversions sets from Aeropoxy. Once you do that, I am almost sure you’ll keep coming back.
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