P-40F/L - Kittyhawk Mk.II
Super Detailed Cockpit
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Catalogue Number and Description
P-40F / Kittyhawk Mk. Ia Super Detailed Cockpit
USD$18.99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||18 parts in
grey resin; 1 small acetate sheet.
||High level of
detail; great improvement over kit parts; more accurate than kit
parts; minimal preparation
required; good instructions; cockpit colour suggestions included.
Harness option for Commonwealth Kittyhawk IIs.
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AMtech's 1/48 scale P-40F Long-Tail kit addresses a few of
the problems that plagued the initial release of their P-40E. This model has
eliminated any step between the fuselage and empennage; and the raised
blemishes seen on the initial release P-40E are not present.
Furthermore, AMtech were not satisfied with the shape and
detail of the nose of the original AMT fuselage, so they have supplied a
brand-new solid resin nose for modellers who want a more accrate profile for
their Merlin-powered Warhahk/Kittyhawk.
The cockpit is still pretty basic, though. Considering the accuracy of the
kit with the new nose added, the
Edge Modelworks P-40F/L cockpit is a very worthwhile addition.
The P-40F/L / Kittyhawk Mk. II cockpit comprises 19 parts in
grey resin and a sheet of clear acetate with printed instruments. All parts
are cast onto thin strips of resin except for the seat, which is on a small
Very little work was required to remove and prepare the resin
parts. Preparation of the AMtech model was similarly simple. A few
details have to be sanded from the sidewalls and 1/32" must be removed from
the instrument coaming.
The cockpit floor is cast as a single part with the forward
and aft bulkheads. This makes alignment a simple matter. Detail is impressive on
all the parts. The armoured rear bulkhead has been reinforced at the back to
ensure that it does not warp and create fit problems. The sidewalls are
packed with raised and undercut detail.
The instrument panel is supplied as four
parts - three in resin and the optional acetate instruments. I used the
acetate instruments when I build this set.
seat is the last main part, and it is very nice indeed. The real seat is
made from pressed metal, and features indented reinforcement channels on the
backrest and the sides. These pressed metal channels are faithfully
reproduced in resin. The seat itself is admirably thin too. American-style
harnesses are moulded as part of the seat. However, note that many
Commonwealth Kittyhawk Ias were fitted with the British Sutton Harness.
Check your references!
The oxygen blinker, regulator and kidney armour plates are
supplied as separate parts because they were not fitted to all aircraft. The
finishing touches are rudder pedals, control column, hydraulic pump handle,
gunsight, map light, selector box and headrest.
Instructions are in Cutting Edge's usual thorough format.
They include notes and eight photos/diagrams, plus colour notes for painting
I have already built the new AMtech kit using the resin nose
and the Cutting Edge cockpit.
I can advise that the resin nose does not interfere with the
fit of the cockpit in any way.
I also found that the sidewalls can be attached to the
interior of the kit fuselage, then the remaining completed cockpit (fitted
with the seat, instrument panel, gunsight and other parts) can be slotted
into the assembled fuselage.
It is not advisable to glue the bottom sides of the cockpit
floor to the kit fuselage sides. The AMtech kit has a gap between the wing
root and the wings which can be easily closed by spreading the fuselage
before the wing is attached. If the edges of the cockpit floor are glued to
the inside of the fuselage sides, it will limit the ability to spread the
Cutting Edge's P-40F/L cockpit is a worthwhile accessory that
will make a noticeable difference to your AMtech Warhawk/Kittyhawk.
This is a simple accessory too. The parts are almost a
drop-fit in the AMtech kit.
Recommended for anyone building the AMtech P-40F/L.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review samples.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
Meteor Productions Website
Text and Images Copyright © 2003 by
Brett T. Green
Page Created 20 March, 2002
Last updated 14 August, 2003
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