FROG 340P Miles Master, International Model Aircraft, 1963
"MILES MASTER III
In general, the most interesting and colourful aircraft schemes and markings of the Second World War were sported by operational machines, but training aircraft, many of which made extensive use of yellow in their finishes, should not be ignored, and a welcome newcomer from Frog is the Miles Master III.
The Master kit is well up to the standard that has now come to be expected from Frog, and is well moulded in yellow plastic and accurate in dimensions and detail, the only real criticism, and that a minor one, being the excessive thickness of the tailplane.
Spanning 6 5/6 inches and to 1/72nd scale, this kit may be adapted as a Martinet target-tug, and we will provide details of this conversion next month.
One of the features of the Master was the lid-cum-screen provided the instructor whose seat had a wide range of adjustment, permitting him to pop his head above that of the pupil, and the lover of gimmicks should have little difficulty in hinging the rear top panel of the canopy and installing an adjustable seat.
Of course, as the Master featured fabric and plywood covering, there is no call for rivet detail on this model, but in any case, the present range of Frog 1/72nd kits wisely make no attempt to indicate rivets, unlike those of some other manufacturers who persist in scattering more rivets over their models than weeds in a cabbage patch.
At this scale only the main panel joins should be indicated, and a profusion of rivet heads takes some removing if a really neat model is demanded.
Richard L. Ward
Flying Review 1963-11, Model Talks"
Miles Master, NOVO 1/72 F340 Cat.No.76060, NOVO Toys Ltd, 1977
Scale Modeller's Market place
MILES MASTER III AND MARTIN BALTIMORE
Price: Master 46p
"At each Toy Trade Fair in February the manufacturers put out the lists of new models they are about to produce. Out of these Heller, Revell, Hasegawa and Matchbox seem to follow what they say will happen. Airfix has had problems in recent years and so have one or two of the others but by far the most haphazard is Novo. I was assured, for example, that the Javelin would be available again by the middle of this year and accordingly put this aircraft on our artist's production list for the 'Aircraft in Detail' feature giving a couple of months grace to allow for delivery times. It is now August and still no Javelin! Similarly the Master III was supposed to have been available months ago having appeared in the 1978 lists. The Baltimore on the other hand wasn't even mentioned earlier this year.
Possibly the Novo people in the UK have difficulty in making their Russian colleagues understand that modellers want these kits. In talking to Novo representatives I know that they do have problems in getting supplies when promised so perhaps there is some excuse.
Both the Master III and the Baltimore are from the former Frog moulds and are welcome returns. They are both good kits although lacking cockpit detail and the sophistication of wheel well interiors that have come more recently. Both models were fairly early in the Frog range but nevertheless have stood the test of time very well.
The Master has 41 dark grey moulded parts with only a slight amount of flash. Moulding dimples are fairly common however, particularly in the tail unit components. I would certainly discard the pilot figures that come with this model as they are rudimentary and totally out of scale.
The same remarks about flash and detail could also apply to the Baltimore but here the difference lies in the decals as two sets are provided, one for a Free French aircraft and the other for a South African Air Force machine in desert camouflage. Our review models came from Jones Bros of Chiswick who have good stocks and are more than willing to deal with mail order supplies if modellers cannot get samples locally.
Alan W. Hall."
Scale Aircraft Modelling September 1979