Special Hobby’s 1:32 scale Fieseler Fi 103 (FZG 76)/ V-1 “High Tech” kit consists of 62 injection molded medium grey polystyrene parts on three sprues, 21 cast resin parts, and four photoetched metal parts on one fret. The full color instruction booklet guides assembly over 17 steps. Decals provide markings for three V-1s:
- Fi 103A-1, no date or other information
- Fi 103A-1, W. Nr. 707219, France, 1944
- Fi 103B-2, Flakregiment 155/W, France, Summer 1944.
Strengths: This kit is the third installment in Special Hobby’s growing family of 1:32 scale V-1 kits. Just like its predecessors in this series, it is a very well made and nicely designed kit. It is based on their 2018 new tool release of the V-1 but has additional features and details as a “High Tech” offering.
The parts breakdown is rather straight forward and it will be a relatively simple, hassle-free build. For a 1:32 scale kit, it is well detailed, too. Since there is no cockpit or gear, attention goes straight to surface details, and they look great. There’s a combination of recessed panel lines, raised panel features, and raised bolt heads. It all stands out as being very nicely manufactured. Another nice touch is the single mounting rod that extends out the left and right sides of the fuselage to act as a mounting spar for both wings. This will also assure correct dihedral angles for both wings.
The cast resin and photoetched metal parts are also excellent. The resin casting quality is very good and they provide some great touches, such as the single-piece intake cowling (no pesky seams to eliminate on the inside of the intake). The cast resin parts also provide for an outstanding set of details for the complex face of the Argus pulse jet engine’s intake. It looks awesome. I would even leave the intake cowling unattached and sitting on the ground next to the V-1 to show off these great details.
This kit also comes with a complete V-1 service stand/cart. It’s a really cool touch, and you can assemble your V-1 with the wings unattached and stowed on the cart. There’s also an optional remove before flight cover for the nose of the V-1.
The choice in paint schemes here are each a winner – with each one being quite attractive. For me, the third option is most interesting, with a complex splinter scheme painted atop the wings looking like a very interesting challenge. The decals were printed in-house by Special Hobby and look just fine – and it’s all mostly stenciling in this case.
Weaknesses: There’s not a lot that comes to mind with this kit. It has many great qualities, but do note that some pour gates attaching parts to sprues are a little out-of-proportion, but really only with the smallest of all the pieces. Use heightened caution when separating them.