Since I first heard that MDC were working on a resin cockpit for the 1:32 Hasegawa P-47D kit I've been looking forward to its release.
Almost a year later here it is, and I was able to pick one up at the IPMS Bolton show.
Packed inside the plastic bags you'll find,
Over 50 resin parts.
One clear resin part.
One sheet of photo etch
A small spool of wire.
A sheet of instrument decals.
A 2 page instruction leaflet.
The set was designed by Vincent Kermorgant and upon opening the bags for an inspection of the parts the first thing that attracts your attention is the sheer quality of the moulding.
From the cockpit sides down to the intricately crafted trim control knobs the attention to detail is quite superb.
The set is marketed as being suitable up to and including the D-40 batch.
The earlier ribbed and the later smooth cockpit floors are supplied, as are two different styles of instrument panel (same instrument layout but one has slightly more raised detail).
Both styles of rudder pedal are included.
The seat is excellent and thin almost to the point of being translucent so care will need to be taken when removing the casting block.
The remainder of the casting block attachments are quite thin, and a few scores with a scriber was all that was needed to remove one of the cockpit sides for a test fit against the floor. The fit was excellent.
Comparing the resin parts to photos of cockpits and drawings in a P-47 parts manual shows just how accurate some of the smaller details are.
PE seatbelts are included and for those of you who arent a fan of this style of seatbelt theres an extra set of buckles on the PE fret if you want to make your own from foil.
The instructional photographs are good but could possibly benefit from being a little sharper with the various part numbers and sub assemblies well marked so assembly should be straightforward.
As regards placing the finished cockpit in the Hasegawa fusalage a very small amount of surgery is required and this is detailed in the instruction leaflet.
So in amongst all this exquisite detail has anything been missed?
Possibly. Only the Mark VIII gunsight is included. The K14 sight was fitted to later models ( I believe D30 onwards) If one of these was to be made available at a later date it would make this superb cockpit set complete and also suitable for the P-47M.
Has it been worth the wait?
Without a doubt the answer is a resounding yes, and I can't wait to see how it looks painted and installed.
Highs: Both styles of cockpit floor and rudder pedal included. Excellent casting and detail.Lows: Only one type of gunsight included.Verdict: This stunning resin set will look fabulous and will help turn the already excellent Hasegawa Bubbletop into a real show stopper.
About Nigel Julian (lampie) FROM: ENGLAND - EAST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM
Restarted modelling in late 2005 after a break of over 20 years.Built a lot of armour as a teenager but now concentrating on WW2 aircraft.
Some skills are coming straight back to me and Im learning new ones everytime I log on to this site it seems.