In Box Review: Encore 1:32 Blue Max Pfalz



Another great release from Squadron’s own name brand ENCORE. This multimedia kit depicts the 1966 movie version of Bruno Stachels Pfalz D.III. Although fictional, the model captures a very colorful representation of a time when CG wasn’t even possible and real airplanes, although heavily modified, ruled the silver screen. The Blue MaxReleased by 20th perils of Lt Bruno Stachel, a young German hard headed WW1 pilot who will do anything in his power to receive the coveted “Pour Le Merite” medal, the highest German award of that era. In the first part of the movie, the character is flying a special build copy of a Pfalz D.III. Encore uses Roden’s Pfalz D.III as a platform to give the modeler the opportunity to build and recreate Stachel’s mount. Century Fox and filmed in DeLuxe Color, the movie tells the


Encore provides you with the choice to build one of three versions. The movie version, Jack Hunter’s book version of the Blue Max and the historical one of which the movie Pfalz is the most colorful and attractive. The kit comes with photo-etch and resin upgrades for each version. An extensive decal sheet and step by step instructions that will guide the modeler through each build.


Although a basic kit to begin with, the modifications necessary combined with the multi media ingredients, will appeal more to the experienced modeler.Nevertheless with some extra care and patience, any kit builder with some practice under his belt will be able to finish this flying piece of movie history.

Final word

With this rendition of a fictional aircraft, Encore touches a subject that will bring something different than your everyday build. Once painted and decaled, you will not be disappointed with the outcome and this model will become a topic of conversation. Last but not least, Encore also provides two nicely cast figures representing Lt. Bruno Stachel and Kati Von Klugerman in a pose that is true to the movie. Aces high.



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