Special Hobby 1/72 Short Sunderland Mk.I/II (SH72438)

This time we are going to talk about Special Hobby 1/72 Short Sunderland Mk.I/II (SH72438). New kit comes as yet another version of the large four-engine aircraft in small scale. Well, don't be fooled by the scale, because finished model still would take some space on your table. We already reviewed previous release of this aircraft, so it should be interesting to see what is new in today's boxing. Let's open the package and take a closer look at all parts.
By the way, here you can read review with previous version of this model.
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Watch this video-review where I show all parts even closer.

We are going to start with small frames. Here you can see one-piece engines as well as some interior parts.

Second frame carries bombs, but not all of them will be used for today's build. It is nice to get all this out of the box, so you won't have to search for aftermarket.

Each landing gear wheel should be glued out of two halves. I would suggest to find a resin replacement for a better look.

Even though model will be quite big, don't be fooled by its dimensions. There are many tiny parts to work with, so it is better to get all necessary tools for this.

Each wing side should be glued out of two halves. It is a bit strange to see wing mechanization molded in on such large parts.

I would recommend to strengthen the whole assembly with some rod inside as those plastic tabs might be not enough.

Fuselages halves are also big, so it is better to check the alignment and glue everything together step-by-step.

Some of the fuselage sections are molded separately and will have to be installed on the glued model. Note also external features which look good out of the box.

It is a bit surprising for me that Special Hobby decided to copy full interior here. Such thing might need a careful weathering and maybe you will have to think through on how to expose everything on the finished model.

Engine gondolas should be assembled out of several parts. I would recommend to find resin engine, so that at least one would be open on your model.

Clear frame comes in the separate plastic bag in order to avoid possible scratches. Molding quality looks great, but there are no masks in this kit.

There are several resin and 3D-printed parts. Those will be handy for exhaust stacks and propeller hubs.

Decals sheet is not that big and features some symbols for the cockpit. Assembly manual comes in form of large brochure with short history note on the first page. You can check all pages in the video-review.

New "Flying Porcupine" should be already available for purchase. In my opinion it is an interesting choice for experienced modelers. Such big model will definitely require some knowledge from you, so be sure to have it. Moreover, there is a huge space for some scratch-building, and it will be a shame not to use it at least in some spaces. As I was saying, some things might also benefit from upgrading to resin, so that whole appearance would be even more convincing.
Get this and other kits on official Special Hobby website.


  • Nice molding quality
  • Full interior out of the box
  • Great decals


  • No masks for clear parts
  • Definitely not for beginners

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