KIT:

Airfix 1/72 HS 125 Dominie

KIT #

389

PRICE:

$2.49 (in the late 60s)

DECALS:

One of three identical aircraft

REVIEW &
PHOTOS :

Scott Van Aken

NOTES:

 

HISTORY

Initially designed by deHavilland as the DH.125, when the company was absorbed into Hawker Siddley, it became the HS.125. When all aviation concerns were combined into one, it then became the British Aerospace BAe 125. Though hardly recognizable from the initial versions, the 125 is, I believe, still being produced.

The aircraft was designed as a jet replacement for the Dove, which was a very early twin engined regional airliner. The aircraft maintains roominess by actually having the wing run underneath the fuselage. There is a fairing that fits around the wing to ensure a smooth airflow. It gives it a somewhat ungainly appearance from certain angles, as you can see from the box art. 

The RAF had a need for an aircraft to use to train bomber and transport navigators. The Dominie was the ticket as it was the right size, available and British. All Dominies were taken into 6 FTS, and until recently, wore this same white, red and grey paint scheme. While I haven't been keeping up with things like this, I do believe that 6 FTS is no more and that the Dominies are now in the black training scheme that in current with the RAF. 

THE KIT

 
The kit will look quite familiar to those who have built a number of Airfix kits. There is a minimal cockpit with two seats, two sticks and two pilots plus a rear bulkhead. There is no cabin at all, but the transparencies are thick so that won't make any difference.

No rivets on this one, but there are positionable flight control surfaces. The hinges are a bit large, but not too bad and if you don't like the movable surfaces, then simply glue them in place. Like Airfix's airliners, the doors are separate though not designed to be posed open.

You can build it gear up if you wish as there is a display stand  provided. The engines are devoid of any detailing inside and have not even compressor faces to look at.

Decals are given for any one of three aircraft. Actually, the first three delivered to the RAF. Simply change the last digit of the serial. The decals are by this time rather yellow and a bit brittle. They can undoubtedly be saved by bleaching in the sun for a few days followed by an application of Microscale decal film, but the roundels are out of register and will need replaced.

Instructions are quite good and give a brief history as well as exploded diagrams in each construction step. Colors are generic and refer to Humbrol paints.

A bit of a step into the past with this one. This is another of those Airfix kits that rarely sees the light of day and may be difficult to find. 

Review kit courtesy of me and my wallet!

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