1/72nd scale Vacuform multimedia kit by Aerovac
kit review and photography
by Steve Jantscher
I wish I knew more about this aircraft to share with you, but I don't know much. This was still an active duty French heavy night bomber at the outbreak of World War II. With four engines in a twin nacelle arrangement, this unique looking aircraft was one of the first bombers with retractable landing gear designed and built by the company started by French aviation pioneers, Henri and Maurice Farman. French air force units actually bombed Germany with the Farman 222 during the Battle of France, suffering the lowest loss rate of all units so engaged.
The vacuform sheets comprise most of the aircraft, with resin and low pressure injected plastic parts making up the detail. This is a break from the usual all vac and resin/white metal kits one sees often. I wasn't overly impressed with the detail in the vacuform sheets. I've seen much better with my Dynavector collection of vacuform kits. This kit just can't compare to my Hornet kit from Dynavector. The panel lines here are soft, and generally look like vacuform kits of the last decades.
Needless to say, this is a kit for someone who just has to have a Farman 222-1. It sure is queer looking, and if for no other reason, that would make it stand out on a table of models come contest time. Given the understanding that this is very much not a "state of the art " vacuform kit, with a bit of work you'll get it together.
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