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P-59A Cockpit

 

True Details

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Catalogue Number and Description: 48494 - P-59A Cockpit Detail Set
Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$8.97 from Squadron's website
Contents and Media: Eight parts in cream coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Superior detail compared to kit parts; high quality resin castings; moulded on harness; resin lower windscreen sill included; good colour notes in instructions; low price.
Disadvantages: Large casting block on floor piece; care required for removal of this and the seat casting block.
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


True Details' 1/48 scale P-59A Airacomet cockpit is available online from Squadron.com

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

Some of my earliest experiences with resin parts included products from True Details.

When I first discovered the True Details resin cockpit for Mauve 1/48 scale P-40N, it started me on a quest for detail that continues today.

True Details resin cockpits are quite simple in parts breakdown but offer superior detail compared to kit parts that they replace. This brand included the first harness moulded on to the resin seat that I had ever seen. The low price was another advantage to this modeller who was still experimenting with techniques after recently returning to the hobby.

True Details newest cockpit release shares the same attributes as its predecessors.

Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale P-59 Airacomet kits are acknowledged as some of their best releases to date, but the cockpits are quite spartan.

The 1/48 scale True Details P-59A Airacomet replacement cockpit contains eight parts in cream coloured resin. These will add a great detail to this neglected area of the kit.

The parts comprise the cockpit floor, sidewalls, seat (with moulded-on harness), gunsight, trim wheel and canopy sill. Sidewalls are thinly cast with good detail, including an oxygen hose. The seat is cast onto the mounting frame. A thin wafer of flash will need to be removed between the frame and the top of the seat. The instrument panel is moulded as one piece with the rudder pedals and centre console. It features simple dial details in the recessed instruments. These should be quite easy to paint to good effect.

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Smaller parts will be quickly removed from their casting blocks and readied for use, but the floor is attached to a fairly substantial piece of resin that will need a few minutes' attention with a razor saw.

 

 

Conclusion

 

There is a huge range of choice for after-market products in today's market. True Details cockpits represent a serious improvement in detail over kit parts, with simple installation and at a budget price.

True Details 1/48 scale P-59A Airacomet cockpit will be a very handy accessory for the Hobbycraft kit.

Recommended.


Review Text and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 May, 2003
Last updated 07 June, 2004

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