[WWI] Legato kits

C.Patsaros angelcos at otenet.gr
Sun Feb 13 04:42:51 EST 2005

crystal clear !

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karen Rychlewski" <krychski at earthlink.net>
To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 6:22 AM
Subject: Re: [WWI] Legato kits

> Tom Morgan asks about:
>>... the quality of the Legato 1/48 kits? ...
> Hey, Doc--why do you even bother looking at kits when you know you're 
> gonna end up scratching the whole thing anyway???
> But since you asked...
> I have three of them: two Lohners and that bizarre Priesel DD. Comments 
> apply to all three--
> All parts are resin--struts and axles probably should be replaced with 
> something stronger.
> Small basic PE with wire wheels, dashboard and assorted bits.
> Rubber O-rings for tires.
> Decals include crosses, serials, and a plethora of teensy serials for 
> the struts.
> Exploded view instructions and one color profile.
> No engines; all three had complete cowling; exhaust pipes are cast as 
> part of the cowling and are actually hollow (!)
> Fuselage is divided horizontally along a rather sharp angle/corner from 
> nose to tail; makes the cockpit very accessible and even some detail 
> molded into the interiors.
> Hard to check accuracy since all three are really obscure but they look 
> moderately OK    :-)
> That's the good news. The bad news is that, except for rib tapes on the 
> wings, most of the detail is heavy and overdone. Unfortunately, the wing 
> surfaces between the ribs are somewhat rough and bumpy so one would 
> probably end up sanding all the flying surfaces smooth; the wings 
> themselves are left attached to the casting rib at the leading edge. The 
> wings, rudders, and tailplanes have good thinness and shapebut won't be 
> hurt by sanding off casting blebs and oversize hinges.
> I'm pretty sure this is the same plane done in vac by Sierra. At BP50, 
> I'd take a pass on it, but just my humble opinion.
> Karen

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