SPAD XIII WWI RAF -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/72 Scale -- #12446

Academy Plastics SPAD XIII WWI RAF -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/72 Scale -- #12446
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Product Description

This is a 1/72 Plastic SPAD XIII WWI Fighter from Academy Plastics. It's for ages 10 and up.

The French built SPAD XIII was one of the most famous fighters of World War I. The SPAD used a liquid-cooled inline engine when most aircraft were equipped with rotary engines. A powerful and efficient craft, the SPAD was used for many years. Armed with one or two Vickers 7.65 mm machine guns firing through the propeller arc or a deadly 37mm Hotchkiss cannon, the SPAD was widely feared.

Product Features
  • Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in grey..
  • The exterior surface of the plane is detailed with metal seams, bol heads, and various other minute details..
  • Accurately reproduced biplane construction..
  • Dual Vickers machine guns mount atop the fuselage..
  • Realistic landing gear affix to the bottom of the craft..
  • Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..
Product Specifications
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 3" (7.6cm)
  • Width: 4-1/4" (10.7cm)
  • Height: 1" (2.5cm)
Product Markings
  • One Decal Sheet with Markings for One Aircraft
  • 1: United States SPAD XIII - France
  • Airframe and Detail Colors: Red, White, Green, Light Green, Silver, Steel
What's Included

One 1/72 Plastic SPAD XIII WWI Fighter

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Take your time.
By alkanews December 28, 2014
I got this little plane because the price was right and the connection to Eddie Rickenbacker. I enjoyed putting it together and painting it and was surprised by how sturdy it felt once assembled. Take your time, run the rigging cable and you will be pleased. It is one of my favorites.
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Not a bad introduction to biplanes. Not great either.
By dpenn89 September 21, 2014
This is hardly the best SPAD kit on the market (If you're looking for a high level of detail, buy the superb Eduard kit), but it is adequate if you're looking for a relatively straightforward biplane build. Detail is limited, with no cockpit interior, and vague bazooka-like shapes instead of the front machine guns. However, some of the surface detail is reasonably crisp, and the fit of most parts is good. The struts fit into large grooves on the wings, so alignment is easier. One word of advice: attach all of the struts to the bottom wing and fuselage first, instead of the top wing, and you will get a better fit. Decals are OK, not as thick as some other Academy releases. There is no marking information provided, but the aircraft appears to be from an American volunteer unit fighting for France on the Western front (not the RAF). Therefore, you would need 5 colors to paint the French camouflage: a dark green, a pale green, dark/chocolate brown, tan/beige, and a light blue (I used RLM 78 for the undersides). The SPAD kit is better than the ancient Revell release (which is horribly off in terms of dimensions), but much less detailed than the Eduard version. Considering the Eduard release costs more than 3x as much, the Academy is not a bad buy. I used mine to learn rigging and how to paint faux woodgrain. For $4, it was worth it.
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Spad WIII
By Alan Boling October 23, 2015
Fun small scale biplane from by-gone era to build. Chaulk full of historic ideals of grass runways and early aviation combat.
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Horrible
By theodorelee April 11, 2014
I hate this kit it was a pain to cement together. The parts that hold the top wing on would not stay in place and cement properly because there wasn't a snug fit. Several of the parts broke when I tried to remove them from the sprue and some of the other parts didn't fit well either. Never buying academy plastic models again.
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Product Tags
Scale : 1/72 Scale (1646)
Sector : Military (2744)
Country : French (99)
Type : Stacked Wing (165)
Era : World War I (211)
Manufacturer Comments
  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children..
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives..
  • Modeling paint should only be used by an adult in a well-ventilate area..
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