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||13 Pieces in
cream colioured resin, small sheet of instructions
USD$10.96 available from Squadron Mail Order.
castings with no deformities/air bubbles and lovely
of seat from casting block.
True Details' 1/48 scale P-39Q Airacobra cockpit is
available online from Squadron.com
Received recently for review is another 'True Details
re-release of an Ex-KMC resin cockpit. This time it is item
no. 49009 for the P-39Q Airocobra.
This set was originally released by KMC to fit the
in the traditional 'True Details' packaging are 13 resin
pieces in a creamy resin. Parts that are supplied include:
Cockpit floor that has a
nice representation of the drive shaft that ran from
behind the cockpit to the propellor.
Pilots seat with molded
Nose wheel well.
Port and starboard
cockpit doors and inner cockpit sidewalls.
Battery shelf behind
Gunsight and Instrument
There was one other resin piece ( Part 9 ) but I was
unable to ascertain what it was (see instruction sheet.). I
do not have a detailed drawing or picture of a P-39Q cockpit
in my reference library so it appears it may be a
undercarriage retraction lever or a fuel pump lever.??
All of the parts are nicely cast with excellent detail and
no air bubbles present. The instrument panel detail is
exceptional. The two cockpit doors supplied are cast in a
way that the thin resin of the windows is removed/cut away
and replaced by the modeler, either using thin clear plastic
sheet cut to shape or modifying the kit supplied clear
parts. The only fault I was able to find in any of the parts
was in the very tip of the nose wheel well casting where it
appears that the mold may be getting a bit old or something
was caught in the mold rubber. Not a real problem but it
would be difficult to remove if you did not have access to a
'Dremel' style drill or a grinding tool to remove the
imperfection. As in my earlier review of the P-47 cockpit I
also found the same difficulty is present in the removal of
the pilots seat from the casting block. The rear detail of
the seat ends below the seat base so careful removal is
needed. No cut and sand in this area so take care when you
remove it. The whole cockpit is complete using a blend of
kit parts and this set so a very detailed result is
achieved. No painting or colour instructions are given so
you will have to use your own references or use the donor
This is another very welcome return of the old 'KMC'
molds by True Details. All of the ingredients are there for
a very detailed cockpit and all that is needed is a little
patience and careful painting to bring it all together.
Thanks to Squadron for the
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