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1/48 Zlin 50M Stunt-Aerobatic plane

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    December, 2014
1/48 Zlin 50M Stunt-Aerobatic plane
Posted by SteveFL on Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:38 PM


A-Z Models, I believe, is a Czech outfit that makes some rather unique, outside the mainstream, models.  I saw this by chance on Ebay and got it for a great price.  Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful flash free parts on soft gray styrene sprues, a gorgeous decal sheet containing livery for 2 different stunt planes, a resin prop, and small PE fret.  My delight soon dissipated when I began construction as the styrene is too soft and some of the locator pins are a couple millimeters off.  What else is new right?  The good news is I needed very little putty/filler as I prepped the parts well.  The surface detail is pretty good.  The PE cockpit parts really help make it come alive.  Curiously, they didn’t include any seatbelts/harnesses.  I robbed a set from other kit.  It’s mostly OOB; however, I did add brake lines, pitot tube of piano wire, scratch-built the tail wheel complete with tension springs as the tail wheel part lacked any detail.  Finally, I custom fabricated the wing tip attitude indicator from soldered brass wire.  All the red and blue come from the decal sheet.  I did have a heck of a time getting them to hug all the engine vent fins.  A new scalpel making tiny incisions helped.  I was satisfied with the build as I didn’t have any stunt/aerobatic planes in my collection.  With encouragement from fellow IPMS members, I entered it in JaxCon and unbelievably it placed gold.  Please enjoy the pictures and all comments are greatly appreciated.



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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:53 PM
Congratulations on the medal, it's well deserved!
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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:27 PM

Oh Steve ;

 That's a beautiful Bird - And the Medal ain't bad either .Great going . T.B.

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:28 PM

Very nice!

I love aerobatic planes and racers.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    February, 2011
Posted by knox on Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:50 AM

Very cool!


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