Oz Mods – Bombardier Dash 8 -300 in 1/144

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Oz Mods – Bombardier Dash 8 -300 in 1/144

Postby TonyP » Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:37 am

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First flown in 1983 and with over 1,200 built, the Bombardier Dash 8 is a mainstay of regional airlines worldwide. The series -300 is an improved version of the original -100/200 with a 3.4m fuselage stretch accommodating approximately 55 passengers. First flown in 1989, 267 were built before it was superseded by the -400 series ten years later.
OzMods are well known in the modelling scene providing upgraded resin parts and accessories. More recently they have moved into injected plastic kits. The subject of this review is the 1/144 kit of the Dash 8-300 of Philippines Airlines. There are a further three boxings available that cover Air New Zealand, British Airways and Jetstar. A company called Pacific Airliner Decals (PAD) will be releasing further airlines focusing on the Asia Pacific region.
In the box there is one bag containing the majority of the parts in white plastic. Wings, Fuselage, engines nacelles etc. Panel lines are confined to major flight surfaces and the cockpit windows. I like the fact there are no panel lines on the fuselage as in 1/144 you wouldn’t see them anyway and would be way out of scale. As this is a low pressure injection, some clean up is required of the parts but not beyond a modeller with basic skills. Location pins are provided so alignment should not be a problem. The next bag contains the props and horizontal stabilizer. Some forward thinking has them provided backed by cardboard to stop any bending or breaking. The next bag has a few resin parts which include the cockpit interior and exhausts which look great. The next bag has resin props. These are for if you want to have them displayed in the feathered position. The plastic props are for in flight. The positioning of the feathered props is catered by the spinners which have the notches at the correct angle. No need to worry about getting them in the right place as they are small and this job could be fiddly. Finally the last bag has a clear cockpit piece. So the option is there to cut out the cockpit area on the plastic fuselage so that you can show off the cockpit. Cutting guides are provided on the inside of the fuselage. Or you can leave as is and use the cockpit decal windows provided. No clear fuselage/passenger windows are provided, only decals.
The decals are provided by Ronin decals and are finely printed and in register. Decals are provided for all windows, doors and de-icing boots. They are silk screen printed on islands. There is no need to trim these as I do not see an excess of carrier film. The Philippines scheme looks impressive and is one of the prettiest I’ve seen on a Dash 8. There is a small addition with instrument panel and small Pilipino flags.
Finally the last item is the instruction booklet. Six pages of A4 printed in black & white apart from the colour placement guide. Instructions are well thought out and easy to understand. Explains the feathered and cruise props as well as how to install the clear cockpit window to show off the interior if you wish. Ballast of 10 grams is needed in the nose if posing on the ground.
In conclusion this is a great looking kit in the box. This would also be a great introduction for modellers who want to get experience in resin due to the small parts count. This is a subject that Airliner modellers have been crying out to be completed for a long time.
I’d like to thank Greg Anderson for the review sample. You can find this kit and others at their website http://www.ozmods-kits.com/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OzModsScaleModels/

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