"More Mohawk Mania"
for Roden OV-1B/C
Cobra Company, 1/48 scale
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"Bondo" Phil Brandt
As this curmudgeon was saying just a month or so ago in the annals of
HS, we modelers who take the road less traveled, who routinely deal in
fit clearances more than, say, .020", who donít blanch at sanding, who
donít mind the smell of lacquer putty in the morning owe a lot to the
efforts of relatively small, sometimes one-man, aftermarket operations
such as Chris Millerís Cobra Company. This is again the case with two
more resin detail sets to upgrade the latest release in Rodenís
excellent Mohawk series, the B/C version. Thatís right, ze one weeth ze
beeg (18' long) SLAR pod mounted under the right side.
Having so far released the A and B/C Mohawks, Roden is obviously
allowing sales of the B/C to peak and then soften before they release
the definitive D version, which closely resembles the B/C.
The larger of these latest two offerings is the cockpit set which, in
addition to some thirty components described in the earlier review for
the A set, now adds the correct B/C instrument panel which only spans
half of the cockpit width. The right half is now occupied by the SLAR
scope and associated controls and sub-panels. And, the nosewheel bay is
now a separate component rather than integrated with the cockpit floor
as in the A set.
Four ejection seats (two with cast-in belts and harnesses; two without,
allowing for the easy addition of Eduard PE belts) are included as
before, as are insulated side panels with map boxes, etc., rudder
pedals, control column, gunsight and numerous other small boxes and
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The long SLAR pod is one piece, with the early, more pointed, ends
(the ends on many Ds are blunter). Small step platforms are integrated
with the pod, and the two faired pod mounts are separate.
An anti-skid step area on top of the pod has also been molded in.
Molding and Detail Execution
As with the earlier sets, the molding is of high quality with very
little, if any, flash or bubbles. As before, details are very fine and
sharp. When all the cockpit parts are added to the Roden forward
fuselage, itís a significant and welcome improvement in ďbusy-nessĒ, and
such complexity is important to this bug-eyed airframe with a large
The Cobra seats are nicely complex, and the cast-in belt versions even
have the belts posed differently.
Iíve always been pleased with Cobraís detailed pictorial
instructions, and the those enclosed in the new cockpit set are no
different: perspective line drawings of assembly blow-ups and five B&W
cockpit detail pix. The SLAR pod instructions do not include pix because
the component is expected to be an exact swapout for the Roden B/C
Cobra done good, again! Oh, and donít forget the separately available
maingear wells and exhaust tubes. Put Ďem all together and you, too, can
ďkick sandĒ in the faces of the Luftwaffe hordes at IPMS shows!
"Bondo" Phil Brandt IPMS 14091
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