Hobbyboss’ 1/48 IAR-80: Is It Romanian? I Dunno, Lettuce See.

OK- that’s a pretty clever title, you gotta admit.

Or not.

Anyway….

I don’t recall when I got this kit, or even where. I’d forgotten I even had it. It’s not very old- I think Hobbyboss released it last year sometime. I was looking over my stash of kits, and saw this one on the shelf, and thought “I don’t recall when I got this kit, or even where. I’d forgotten I even had it. It’s not very old- I think Hobbyboss released it last year sometime.”

Whoa…. déjà vu.

So I pulled it off the shelf, and begin looking through the parts. Very little to complain about- not a high parts count, good surface detail. Nice cockpit detail. Wonderful canopy.

I wondered how the fuselage and wings fit together, so I clipped them off the sprues, and did a test fit. No problems there. The seat looked interesting, so I thought I’d assemble it…. just to see. It looked fine.

Well, as long as I had the seat finished, why not assemble the cockpit floor? Wouldn’t hurt to build the wings either… just to see how they go together.

You get the picture.

Before long I realized this was the next model I was building.

The cockpit looks really good. It’s simple- not a lot of parts, really. But it has just enough that when viewed through the cockpit opening once finished, it will look very busy, very appropriate for the scale. The instrument panel has some nice decals, and they fit perfectly. When viewed outside of the model, they’re a bit stark. But once in place, they’ll be easy enough to see and give the right impression.

A test fitting of the cockpit and IP into the fuselage went so well I just glued it in place. I still have some minor seam cleanup to do, but it will basically be some light sanding and that should do it.

Test fitting the wings to the fuselage showed no problems at all. While little of the engine will be seen once in place under the cowl, it’s not a bad little assembly and should work nicely.

So far, I am really happy with this little kit!

What about accuracy? What about it?

 

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