IAR-81C. Azur Frrom, 1:32. Review.


Introduction

IAR-80/81 was Romania’s Aeronautical Industry answer for the tense situation developing in Europe in 1939. When it entered service it was a very modern aircraft that could easily stand side by side with other planes such as the Messerschmitt Me – 109, Hawker Hurricane, P-40. 450 were built in two versions, IAR-80 and IAR-81. The differences between the two were minor such as armament, dive bombing, radio equipments, etc. Both models used the same engine – IAR-14K, which by 1943 was already obsolete compared to what the Allies were throwing in combat. Thus, it was gradually removed from fighter missions and transferred to ground attacks where it was less vulnerable. After WWII it was used until 1955 when it no longer appears in Romanian Military Air Force registers. No original was preserved; today there are only 2 not very great replicas in Bucharest at the Aviation Museum.

The kit

Item number: FR8001
Scale: 1:32
Manufacturer: Azur Frrom
Total number of parts: 95
Resin parts: 5
Photo-etched parts: 15
Number of transparent parts: 5
Length: ~ 29 cm
Wing span: 34,5 cm


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It is a short-run kit, that is, at this moment, very hard to find on the market. The model is molded in a grey plastic, which is neither too soft, nor too hard. The most important thing is that the transparent cupola of the plane is, for the first time, correctly molded. All the other models in 1:72 or 1:48 scale, except for the Iacraerodesign 1:48 IAR-81, have been done wrong. It is also a highly detailed kit, which makes it a very good representation of a 1:32 IAR-81C. With little work and patience it can become an eye catching IAR-81C model, without using any aftermarkets.


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Colors & Markings

The producer offers 5 different markings, 4 of them belonging to the Romanian Royal Air Force at the time of the German-Romanian Alliance – “Michael’s Cross”. This is the marking of the Romanian aircraft during the Eastern War, from June 1941 to September 1944, when the aircraft switched back to the red, yellow and blue roundels once Romania turned over to the Allies. One can also find in the kit box one roundel marking, used by Romania between 1944 and 1947. The marking belong to the 61st, 62nd and 67th Squadrons.


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Instruction sheet

The Instruction sheet, which is a colored one, offers 16 pages of minute description of every step of assembling the model. So I don’t think that assembling the model will be a problem for anyone. The producer recommends Gunze color paints, but you can feel free to use the Humbrol or Revell equivalents.


 

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Conclusions

It is a great, rare model, even if the price is a little high, compared to any other models in this scale. But it’s a rare and interesting subject for this scale, so we highly recommended it.
Advantages:
– highly detailed
– a reasonable number of parts
– it can be built straight out of the box, no aftermarket parts needed
– it can be improved with aftermarkets, but I think it is not necessary.
– High quality decals
– Rare and interesting subject
Disadvantages:
– High price
– Hard to find


Author: aviatim | Photo: aviatim | 17.04.2016 |

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