Gilles at FRROM has very kindly sent a sample of his newly released 1:32 I.A.R.-80A kit - and I had such a blast building the Eduard Fw 190 in the Forum ahead of writing a Review, I'm going to do things the same way again.
The kit features a number of changes over FRROM's original I.A.R.-81C (reviewed HERE), the most obvious being a shorter fuselage and wings. Doug Nelson tackled a Feature Build of the original version superbly for us, so I hope I can do similar justice to the new kit.
It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the "IAR" that my primary reference will be Radu Brinzan's definitive modeller's study of the aircraft (reviewed HERE).
The kit is produced by Special Hobby and falls into that no-man's land between traditional "short-run " and "mainstream" kits. I guess you'd call it "cutting edge limited run" - a far cry from the very challenging builds we took for granted not too many years ago, but still likely to keep you on your toes at times. In other words, as some might say, "a proper model".
And, sure enough, while shooting sprue-photos for the review to come, I noticed a fair bit of mould release agent on the wings, so the first task was to give all the sprues a thorough wash in detergent. Always good practice, even on the most "mainstream" of mainstream kits - so it did no harm to have a reminder why it's worth spending a few extra minutes on preparation.
So, with the sprues drying and a few days booked off work next week for the Christmas break, I'm all set for my next victim - sorry, project!
All the best