When I was told Southern Cross were issuing another model this year I automatically ordered it without really knowing what the subject matter was. Experience of their first two models, the Talbot Lago 1950 and the Birdcage Maserati, have shown me what excellent models these were and how enjoyable and involving they were to build with very good detail and easy to follow instructions.
The kit is presented in the usual size cardboard box with clear labeling and the interior is protected with foam packing to protect the kit in transit. All of the smaller parts are well protected and secure in strip seal bags with the main resin model well protected in bubble wrap.
I would also like to thank Southern Cross for the supply of the review model and to Peter Radcliffe for entrusting its build and review to me (brave man).
Editors Notes Southern Cross Maserati 450S Zagato
If we instigate a kit of the month this should without doubt be the first candidate. Since our initial review of the pre-production sample I have just received my first batch of kits. I have taken some pictures and added a few notes to supplement Stuart's initial review.
The instructions are beautifully printed on four sides of A4 paper. One side has a history of the car with a picture of the car during the race and three of a built model all in colour. The other three sides cover the building. The only real fault I could discover was that the instructions do not clearly differentiate between the front and rear brake drums. The front drums are the beautifully cast finned drums.
The kit parts are in sealed bags, and the photographs are taken on a cutting board marked in one centimetre squares which will give a good idea of the size of the Zagato badges The parts are all beautifully cast, there is flash but it is far less than normal. The front screen pillars are as thin as any I have seen. CMA casts the parts and they must be the best in the trade anywhere. There are no air blows under the front valance and this area has minimal pre painting preparation.
I am sure the kit will build beautifully, a report will come from Stuart when he builds the kit on his return from holiday. It is almost impossible to fault this kit but the only suggestions I have for improvement would be an extra set of decals, some are very small and a second set of vacform parts as these are the most common areas for mistakes in the assembly of 1:43rd kits. Many more manufacturers are now including extra decals and vac forms and this practice is to be encouraged as we are amateurs are lees confident than the experts who produce the factory built models.