F/A-18C Super Detailed Cockpit
Cutting Edge Modelworks
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
F/A-18C Super Detailed Cockpit (Early Version)
(F/A-18C Late Version and F/A-18A cockpits are also available)
USD$31..99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||36 parts in
grey resin; clear acetate instruments; small sheet of steel mesh;
Black Magic masks for CRT screens etc.
||High level of
detail; complete and comprehensive inclusions; excellent casting; minimal
preparation required; creative use of multimedia (clear resin, masks
an acetate) for instruments; effective packaging
great photos on instruction sheet
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Cutting Edge Modelworks CEC32117
supplies a mixture of cast resin, vinyl masks, acetate instrument faces,
and stainless steel mesh parts to super detail the new 1/32 Academy
F/A-18C Hornet kit. The set portrays the early Lot 10 configuration.
Complete and comprehensive are
good adjectives to describe this set. In all there are 36 cast resin
pieces, a sheet of clear acetate instruments, a sheet of Black Magic
pre-cut vinyl masks (for the instrument panel CRT screens) as well
as a small square of stainless steel mesh to simulate
the equipment bay RFI netting.
The resin parts comprise
boxes (the new name for black boxes perhaps?), VTR, centre box for the
Equipment bay, and a data block for the rear bulkhead.
The equipment bay
The starboard console
(labelled as port console on the parts list) and Video camera. (No
mention is made on where to install the video camera on instruction
sheet – perhaps this is for a later version of the Hornet).
The cockpit tub.
Left and right
The ejection seat – cast
with the belts in-place.
HUD (Head Up Display).
Sub panel, map case,
control column and rudder pedals.
The instrument panel.
Canopy hinges, tailhook
lever, compass, control boxes, eyelets, lipstick cameras, canopy
jettison lever and canopy hooks.
Unfortunately, photographs really
do not do justice to the detail that has been
cast into these parts. The casting is first-rate; the detail is very
complete and very, very crisp. Once you have painted the parts and
applied a wash the detail will really stand out. Flash is minimal and
there are no pinholes in any of the parts in my sample.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
The instrument panel has been cast
in clear resin. This is a great approach as trying to glaze and make the
CRT screens look realistic in this scale is difficult. Once you have
painted the CRTs (the instruction sheet guides you on the correct shades)
apply the black magic masks (there are two complete sets in case of goofs)
paint the panel in the correct shades of grey. When the paint has dried,
remove the masks and you will have a top notch instrument panel.
A fair amount of the kit parts are
still used, including the ejection seat actuating handle, the canopy
actuating ram and the instrument shroud. Some of these parts will require
modification to adapt them to the resin pieces.
The instruction sheet is A-4 in
size and contains written instructions as well as printed black and white
photographs to show the assembled parts. The written instructions are
fine but the photographs are a tad ordinary. Any chance of reproducing
the photographs on the Meteor Production website so as we can get a good
The set is packaged in clear
plastic zip-loc bags which are in turn packed into a stout cardboard box.
The resin canopy rail part is taped to a thick piece of cardboard to save
its delicate arms from being damaged in transit.
At $31.99USD, this set is not
cheap. However, when you consider the amount of
work in research, the preparation of the masters as well as the packaging,
you really are getting a good deal.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review samples.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
Meteor Productions Website
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