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P-47C-5 to P-47D-10
Razorback Cockpit Set

 

True Details, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 48498
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 13 Pieces in cream coloured resin, small sheet of instructions with painting directions.
Price: USD$8.96 Available from Squadron Mail Order.
Review Type: Accessory review
Advantages: Flawless castings with excellent fine details; includes alternate gunsights
Disadvantages: Some caution required when removing seat from casting block
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Dale Smith


True Details' 1/48 scale P-47C-5 through D-10 cockpit is available online from Squadron.com

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

True Details' latest cockpit received for review covers the P-47C-5 through to the P-47D-10 in 1/48 scale and is designed to fit Tamiya's P-47 'Razorback' Thunderbolt.

Enclosed in the familiar 'True Details' packaging are 13 parts in a light cream coloured resin. All the parts in my sample were flawlessly cast with no deformities or air bubbles present. Parts that are supplied include:

  • Complete cockpit floor with a molded front firewall.

  • Rear cockpit armour plating and seat attachment wall.

  • Pilots seat with molded harnesses.

  • 3 Styles of Gunsight and the associated mounting brackets.

  • Rudder pedals.

  • Control stick.

  • Instrument panel.

  • 2 complete cockpit sidewalls.

  • Flap equalizer moulding for fitting to the cockpit floor.

  • Control Rods.

Colour notes for painting are supplied on the printed instructions as well as some facts regarding the use of the differing gunsight types provided.

A hint for fitting of the set to the donor kit and removal of molded on sidewall ribs is also given.

One area where caution will be needed will be in the removal of the pilot's seat from the casting block. The seat's rear backing plate protrudes below the base of the seat so it will not be a case of simply cutting it off and sanding it flat. Use care in this area. You have been warned.!

I was unable to perform any dry fitting to the Tamiya kit as it does not currently reside in my 'stash' but I am sure most modelers using this set will not have any major problems.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is another well produced and very nice set from 'True Details' that will dress up the already excellent Tamiya offering. The provision of gun sights for different block production aircraft is also a nice touch that the layman modeler may not otherwise have been aware of.

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample


Review Text and Images Copyright 2004 by Dale Smith
Page Created 10 December, 2004
Last updated 10 December, 2004

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