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Fi156 C-3/Trop Storch
Fieseler Fi156 C-3/Trop Storch
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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Tristar was kind enough to send us their upcoming Fi156 Storch recon plane. A prior version of this plane was already released by them in 2008, the Fieseler Fi 156 A-0/C-1 Storch (35034). This model includes a lower drop tank and a different set of wings (the originals are included on fret B. The set includes a nice masking setup to do the canopy as well as decals for six different marking configurations (both WWII and post-war).

We will covering this kit in a full review or build review down the road. So for now here are the pictures.

Official Tristar Press Info


The Fi-156 “Storch” C-3 is modified of C-1, this version added two more wing fuel tanks for extension range of flight and longer time in scythe air. In addition, the aircraft modified to carry drop Fuel tank to further extension on range. The aircraft carried rear facing MG-15 machine gun. The cockpit and the canopy was modified to carry the new add gunner seat, MG -15 machine gun (MG) and its spare magazines.

This kit is the first 1/35 Fi-156 C-3 kit on the market. One of the most famous operations for this aircraft is its role in Operation Eiche, the rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a boulder-strewn mountain top near the Gran Sasso. Tristar has make a new tooling for wing, canopy, cockpit , drop tank an extension miscellanea parts. The new highly detailed wing depicted C-3 wing that have new wing fuel tank texture All the flags, ailerons, elevators and rubber can be assembled in different angle. A new cockpit included new bulb head with rear shooting gunner seat. Highly detail MG-15 MG with empty cartridge store bag and double drum overhead magazines included. The bulb head have MG 15 magazine fixtures details and extra three magazines.

The fully detailed cockpit with optical open or close entrance door included. The control panel was made by transparent plastic. All dials represented by rearward decals that can see through dial windows on panel as real aircraft. All in-flight lights made by transparent plastic.


The fully detailed cockpit with optical open or close entrance door included. The control panel was made by transparent plastic. All dials represented by rearward decals that can see through dial windows on panel as real aircraft. All in-flight lights made by transparent plastic. After listening market comments, we introduce canopy masking stickers for simplify canopy spraying.

Due to the slim and long landing gear of Storch, the Tristar model introduces a real metal wire inserted landing gear to withstand the massive weight of aircraft model. The kit included two sets landing gears that represent “Storch” landed and Flying respectively. The landing gear wheels are made by artificial rubber. . New tail wheel included in this kit that introduced in C-3 for fast transition in well paved airfield. Modellers can choose standard tail skid or new tail wheels for their model.

New engine overhead cowling represents C-3 modification with air inlets, both side of engine cowling panels are detachable parts and can be fixed or removed from aircraft as real aircraft. The removed side engine cowling panels are very common practice on Fi 156 C3/Trop for overcoming extra hot climate. New extended exhaust pipes prevent heating up new added drop tank as real C-3 aircraft.


Features of the kit

i. This kit has new high details wing to depict C-3 wing with extra fuel tank texture. as Image 1
ii. Wing and fuselage represent original metal and fabric fabricated texture as Image 2.
iii. All the flags, ailerons, elevators and rubber can be assembled in different angles.
iv. The kit included two sets landing gears that represent Storch landed and flying respectively
v. The landing gear wheels were made by artificial rubber tires
vi. All flight panel dials represented by rearward decals that can see through dial windows on panel as real aircraft
vii. New tooling one piece sliding moulded canopy with rear facing MG 15 machine gun
viii. New tooling cockpit with rear gunner seat
ix. This kit included authentic V-8 engine in 1/35 detail
x. New extended exhaust pipes prevent heating up new added drop tank as real C-3 aircraft
xi. New tooling engine overhead cowling
xii. a semi-permanent adhesive masking sticker for canopy masking
xiii. Photo etched parts included
xiv. 6 markings decal by Cartograph

Markings:

1. German Air Force , 2 (H)/14 , Farbe, North Africa, early 1941
2. German Air Force, 1/JG 54 , Russia , 1942
3. French Air Force, Force Francaise Atlantique, Gr3/33 after WW II
4. Italy Air Foice, Copmmando Aeronautica, Tirana, Ailbania,1942
5. Czechoslovak Air Force after WW II
6. Air Forces of the Polish Republic after WW II
SUMMARY
We take a quick photo peek at Tristar's upcoming release of a new Storch in 1:35 scale.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35049
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.80%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright ©2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Hi Jim, That's interesting as my kit also has two canopy sprues and I couldn't see any differences. I too thought it might have been a slipup but as your's has two also I best go back and have a closer look. Cheers Terry A
DEC 02, 2010 - 10:06 AM
Mine came with two canopies, one painted, one not.
DEC 02, 2010 - 10:13 AM
Hi Bill. Can you tell me the demensions of the build up and aprox cost? Thanks. bob d.
DEC 02, 2010 - 02:24 PM
Jim, In my sample I got two canopies too, both unpainted. Plus two sets of wings. But I didn't get instructions or decals. Paul.
DEC 03, 2010 - 03:26 AM
Great review! I have not built a plane in twenty years. The review push me over the edge! Do you think they will make Fruil tracks for it? Just kidding everyone! Michael
DEC 03, 2010 - 07:14 AM
Nice review! Perfect timing, really, as I've returned to my aircraft 'roots' after a long hiatus. I'd prefer modern jets over WWII but this one is really a jewel! I may have to pick one up as I've always like the Storch. Rob
DEC 03, 2010 - 07:41 AM
Bob, I'm at work and don't have the kit around to measure, but I'd say the wing span is less than 18" with the length about 12". I picked it up for about $30 a few years ago, likely as somebody's close-out. As this is just appearing, it will likely be for premium prices. The older kit is $38 from Luckymodel plus $9 shipping.
DEC 03, 2010 - 06:34 PM
I have made up the kit here linkname if you want to see it in an unpainted buit up stage - Ads
DEC 22, 2010 - 02:44 PM
The build review for this kit has been posted over at Aeroscale. It's really very nice. I would love to see more aircraft in 1/35. The wife saw it built and thought it was pretty neat.
FEB 05, 2011 - 09:22 PM
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