1/32 scale kit
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||Around 30 Euros
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pieces in grey-green resin; one photo-etched fret
High quality casting; well detailed (considerably
better than kit part equivalents); convincing harness and cushion cast
onto seat; subtly bulged and flattened resin tyres; effective use of
photo-etched parts for smaller details; simple replacement for kit
||Does not address the depth of the
cockpit or the squat pilot's seat; some pin holes and minor damage.
||Recommended for enhancing the detail
of the Trumpeter 1/32 scale P-40B (ie, not as a correction)
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Fabflight has released a multimedia detailing set for Trumpeter's
1/32 scale P-40B, comprising a replacement cockpit, main wheels and tail
I have chosen my description carefully here. The cockpit is a
replacement, not a correction. It does add considerable detail to
Trumpeter's front office, but does not address the problem with the
depth of this area of the kit. Unmodified, the kit cockpit floor is too
high, meaning that the entire cockpit is too shallow by around 7mm as
far as I can estimate.
Fabflight's resin detailing set comprises nine parts in grey-green
resin and a photo-etched fret. The flat cockpit floor has been improved
with rivet, panel and control rod detail. Sidewalls are appropriately
busy and are designed to be further detailed with a combination of
photo-etched parts and kit parts. The instrument panel is supplied is a
photo-etched part. I have test-fitted the kit-supplied acetate
instruments to the holes in the photo-etched panel. They line up nicely.
A harness and cushion are convincingly cast onto the resin
replacement seat, although the seat itself suffers from the same squat
appearance as its kit counterpart. This is another complication of the
shallow cockpit - an accurately sized seat would be too tall for the
cockpit. The rear bulkhead has a nice seat mount and headrest cast in
All the parts are cast to a very high standard, but there were some
tiny pinholes and some small pieces broken in transit. These will be easily repaired prior to
In all cases, the detail on the replacement parts is noticeably
superior to that on the kit parts.
The wheels are a great bonus. They are slightly flattened and bulged,
and the left and right main wheels have been cast from separate
masters. This means that the "rotation" of the tyres on their flat spots
is slightly different, as evidenced by the positions of the positions of
the hub fasteners - a terrific detail touch. The wheels also have deep
locating holes for brake lines.
Instructions are by way of four diagrams with an indication of where
each part number should be located. Some additional reference may be of
help during construction.