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P-40B/Hawk 81 Seat with RAF Sutton Harness
USD$6.99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||1 part in
and shape; includes cast-on Sutton Harness; good depiction of
pressed metal; most prominent feature of the cockpit; suitable for
1/32 scale Tomahawk (Trumpeter P-40B) and Kittyhawk Mk.I - Mk.III (Revell
P-40E or conversions to F, K, L or M for the truly ambitious)
required removing casting strips from (admirably) thin bottom of the
to anyone building a 1/32 scale British or Commonwealth P-40
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As has been discussed on a couple of occasions here on HyperScale, Trumpeter's 1/32 scale P-40B is a fundamentally decent kit with a few
problems. The cockpit issues are the most obvious. It would
seem to me that Trumpeter has probably misinterpreted the height of the
sidewalls, meaning that the floor is mounted far too high. In fact, the
cockpit seems to be around 1/3 too shallow - very noticeable in this
Trumpeter's seat also looks too short and squat because it has to fit
in the shallow cockpit.
Edge released a full 1/32 scale cockpit for Trumpeter's Hawk
81 / P-40B/C a few months ago to address these problems.
have now added a separate P-40 seat with a cast-on Sutton Harness to
their range. This will be ideal if the modeller decides to correct or
scratch build new cockpit sidewalls, a rear bulkhead and floor. These
tasks might be within the capabilities of an experienced modeller, but
fixing the kit seat would be much trickier.
This product is labeled "P-40B/Hawk 81 Seat", but it is actually more
versatile than the title implies. The seat design was common for the
P-40B through to the P-40M. A squared off seat was introduced during the
P-40N production run, so this offering will not be appropriate for the
final Warhawk variant (not a big problem as there is no P-40N kit
available at this time).
So, you could use this seat in Trumpeter's 1/32 scale P-40B (Tomahawk
in RAF parlance); or Revell's 1/32 scale P-40E (Kittyhawk Mk.Ia); or,
for the truly ambitious, in any conversion of Revell's kit to a
Kittyhawk I, II or III.
The seat is cast onto four relatively thin strips. A razor saw will
make short work of removing these casting strips but do be careful not
to saw through the bottom of that nice thin seat pan.
I am a bit of a fan of these cast-on harnesses. I think that they
look great with careful painting and shading. This seat is well up to
the usual high standards of Cutting Edge in terms of detail and casting.
I especially like the authentic depiction of pressed metal, and the
convincing drape of the belts.
If you are building a 1/32 scale Tomahawk or Kittyhawk, this will be
a simple and good looking accessory.
Thanks to Meteor
Productions for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
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