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Macchi C.205 "Veltro" Cockpit Set

 

  

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Catalogue Number and Description 480112 - Macchi C.205 "Veltro" Cockpit Set
Price: USD$14.97 from Pacific Coast Models
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautiful detail; improvement over kit parts; first-rate casting; simple and effective instructions and painting guide
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

 

FirstLook

 

FM Detail Sets from Hungary are relative newcomers to the resin after-market industry.  Newcomers they may be but they certainly seem to have it squared away judging by the detail supplied in this set. 

Set 480112 is a cockpit detail set designed to fit the Hasegawa 1/48 Scale Macchi C.205 Veltro.  The set consists of a mixture of resin, etched metal parts, as well as an acetate sheet containing the instrument faces. 

The larger main parts of the set are in resin and they consist of: 

The cockpit floor                                  Cockpit walls 

Instrument panel                                   Seat adjustment lever 

Seat                                                     Control column 

Wobble pump handle (guessing here!) 

 

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The Etched metal fret is quite comprehensive as well and contains: 

  • A four part instrument panel

  • Heel boards 

  • Seat belts/shoulder harness

  • Pilotís head armour 

  • Trim wheel, as well as a myriad of levers and handles. 

The instruction sheet is a double-sided affair that shows exploded-view black and white drawings to guide you in assembly and identification of the parts.  The sheet also gives painting instructions via numbers keyed to colours Ė simple but effective. 

The resin parts themselves are cast in a mid grey resin that is reminiscent of the resin Cutting Edge uses for there detail and conversion parts.  The casting is an absolute joy to behold.  Each part is crammed with detail that is petite but at the same time, is strong enough to survive a coat of paint without disappearing. 

My rather inept photographs that accompany this preview really do not do the parts justice.  The parts really do look a whole lot better with a thin coat of primer. 

Packaging is by way of the ubiquitous clear plastic zip-loc bag that is reinforced by a stiff cardboard header. 

Is it worth the money?  I think so. The Hasegawa kit is very nice on itís own but lacks the detail to make it really stand out.  This detail set from FM Detail Sets addresses this shortcoming. 

Recommended.
 

Thanks to Ken Lawrence from Pacific Coast Models for the review samples.


FM Detail Sets are available from Pacific Coast Models website


Text and Images Copyright © 2003 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 18 April, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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