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||49011 - F6F-3 Hellcat Cockpit
from Squadron's website
|Contents and Media:
||Twelve parts in cream coloured resin
Superior detail compared to kit parts; high
quality resin castings; moulded on harness; good instructions; low price.
||Shoulder harness does not loop over
seat mount; packaging does not protect the parts
1/48 scale F6F-3 cockpit is available online from Squadron.com
True Details 49011 is another in the series of KMC re-issues.
This set provides the modeler with 12 resin pieces designed to replace the
majority of plastic cockpit parts for the superb 1/48 scale Hasegawa F6F-3
of the problems with the earlier resin cockpit sets was that they were merely
the kit parts with addition detailing cast in resin. Happily, this is not the
case with this set as the parts are far better.
All parts are crisply cast in a very light tan coloured resin that is
reminiscent of the old AeroMaster resin conversions. There are no pinholes and
flash is minimal in my sample. There is a clear definition between the casting
blocks and the parts themselves which will make the separation task a breeze.
The seat has been cast with the belts in place which is fine for the lap
belts but not for the shoulder belts as they passed over the top of the seats
frame rather than the rear of the seat's back. True Details previously issued a
F6F-3 interior set under their own label (and a -5 set too). The seat from this
set had the correct belt placement and I wonder why they didn't replace the KMC
one with their own.
Instructions are in the form of a small sheet that shows the "how to" as well
identifying the parts themselves in the form of line drawings.
The set comes packed in a plastic bag with a cardboard header. This form of
packaging leaves the parts floating free in the bag. It allows them to jumble
together and really is a recipe for disaster given that a lot of modelers rely
on mail order for their supplies.
In summary, thus is a nice set overall. Despite my comments about the seat and
the packaging, it is still recommended.
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