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Catalogue Number and Description
Kawanishi N1K-2J Shidenkai Cockpit Set for the 1/48 scale Hasegawa
USD$14.97 from Pacific Coast
Contents and Media:
||See text below
||Beautiful detail; improvement over kit parts;
first-rate casting; simple and effective instructions and painting
Here is another new cockpit detail
set from FM Details. This time, it is for the Hasegawa NIK2 Shidenkai
The instructions make no mention
of which Hasegawa NIK2 kit that it has been made for. I have had a quick
measure of the parts against the newer of the NIK2 kits and everything
appears to be right fit-wise. I can’t comment on the fit to the older
Hasegawa Shidenkai kit as I don’t have one in my stash to compare it to.
Click on the thumbnails below to view
In typical FM Models fashion, the
set comprises a mixture of resin and photo-etched parts with a small
acetate sheet for the instrument panel “glass”.
The main resin parts include:
etched metal parts include:
seat – which you will have to fold up yourself
Seatbelt and shoulder harness
myriad of small handles and levers that will
make your cockpit look very busy.
The resin parts are all well cast
and exhibit a wealth of crisp, sharp detail that will well and truly stand
out following the application of a wash and a dry-brush.
The resin used is reasonably
flexible. The rear bulkhead on my example had been folded over to nearly
90 degrees. The corner of it had broken away and I thought it was beyond
salvation. However, following a tentative dip into near boiling water I
was surprised to see the bulkhead return to the vertical position without
any coaxing whatsoever. A quick application CA reunited the missing piece
any you would not even notice that it had suffered any damage at all.
The instruction sheet is a
double-sided affair that shows exploded-view drawings that clearly
identify each of the parts as well as providing a painting guide.
The set comes packed in a clear
plastic zip-loc bag with a stiff cardboard header – not stiff enough in my
case judging by the damaged bulkhead!
The accompanying photographs do
not really do the parts justice. They look much better in real life and
will look even better under a coat of primer.
As normally happens, I had only
recently finished a Shidenkai when I received this set. My initial
thought was that the kit really does not need any enhancement as what is
in the box is quite comprehensive. However, as I compared the kit parts
with the FM Detail parts and photographs of a restored Shidenkai in the
Monogram Publications “Japanese Aircraft Interiors 1940-1945” it soon
became evident that the FM Detail parts were far superior.
Thanks to Ken Lawrence from
Pacific Coast Models for the review samples.
FM Detail Sets are available from
Pacific Coast Models website
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