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A6M2/A6M3 Zero
1/48 scale cockpits for the Hasegawa kits

S.B.S. Model, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number,
Description and
Price

SBS Model
Item No. 48028 - Cockpit Set for Hasegawa A6M2 (Zeke)
Item No. 48029 - Cockpit Set for Hasegawa A6M3 (Hamp)

Scale:

1/48

Price and Availability:

Each €14.00 available on-line from SBS Model's wesbite

Contents & Media

23 resin parts; photo-etched fret; acetate sheet.

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Very highly detailed; cast to the highest standards; appropriate use of multimedia parts.

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

An excellent upgrade to Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Zero kits.

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

SBS Model is based in Hungary.  It produces first rate modelling tools, resin upgrade sets and masking foils.

They have recently released two new detail sets for the Hasegawa 1/48 scale series of Mitsubishi Zero kits.  48028 is for the A6M2 (Zeke) whilst 48029 is for the A6M3 (Hamp).

Your get 23 resin parts, 33 etched brass parts and a small acetate foil that carries the instrument panels.  These same parts are present in both offerings.

 

 

The resin parts are cast in a mid grey colour and are (thankfully) a little flexible which makes working with some of the thinner ones a little less stressful, the seat and control column being examples.  Other parts include:

  • Cockpit floor,
  • Left and right hand side cockpit sidewalls
  • Instrument panel
  • Two machine guns – the rear end of them at least
  • Control column
  • Throttle box and various handles and levers
  • Multi-part gun sight
  • rudder bar

The parts are crisply cast and exhibit a wealth of detail that can only be truly appreciated once they have been painted and dry-brushed.  I could not find a single pin hole in any of the 23 parts.

The brass-etch fret carries:

  • Instrument panel
  • Rudder pedals
  • Seat harness
  • Various tiny handles and levers

The etched brass parts too are very well done and the detail on them is crisp enough to still be visible under a thin coat of paint and a wash.

The instruction sheet is a small affair that carries black and white line exploded view line drawings on both sides.

 

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Packaging is via two clear plastic zip-loc bags (one for the resin parts and one for the brass fret and acetate).  The bag holding the resin parts is wrapped in a small piece of bubble plastic.  These two bags and the instruction sheets are in turn are packed into a thin cardboard end-opening box.

 

 

Conclusion

 

These are very nice update/detail sets indeed.  My previous experience with S.B. Model detail sets (48027 1/48 N1K2-J Shiden-kai (George) cockpit set for the Hasegawa kit) was positive, and as with all resin cockpit upgrades you need to exercise care when separating the parts from their casting plugs and just as much care when modifying the kit parts to accept the resin ones but you will be rewarded by the end result.

Thanks to S.B.S. Model for the samples.


Text and Images Copyright 2012 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 26 January, 2012
Last updated 26 January, 2012

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