Meng Kids Boeing B-17G...
...building the Meng kit
Another bit of fun and relaxation. The liking for caricature style models has been gaining ground over the last couple of years. I remember many years ago when Hasegawa first started their 'Eggcraft' range, which then went quiet for a while. More recently I have built 3 examples of Tiger Models 'Cute' series of fighters but I was so tempted when I found out that Meng had chosen to tackle 4-engined bombers in the same caricature style. The parts are pre-coloured plastic so youngsters can assemble them without need for glue or paint if they want to. It more secure if you do use glue and to add some paint. For the sake of experimentation I chose a bit of a mix of the two. I did paint the upper surfaces (fuselage, upper wings and top surface of the tail plane) using a spray can and brush painted the interior of the fuselage with Zinc Chromate Primer. The underside I simply left in the grey plastic of the mouldings. The fit of parts is excellent and the kit assembles simply and without any problem. The markings provided are colour, self-adhesive stickers rather than waterslide transfers, staying with the easy build theme for youngsters. They go on well but you need to take a little care as when they stick, they stick, no simple adjustment possible for more exact positioning. The fit on the edges on the and wing tip stickers need a bit of trimming but for the sake of an example, I have chosen to leave them as they are, so illustrate how the basic kit goes together.
As a modeller there is always the danger of getting bogged down in detailing and you can forget to just have fun. As well as encouraging younger modellers, this is also fun.
I bought mine through Tiger Hobbies Ltd here in the UK