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P9F-2 Panther Cockpit
1/48 scale, for Trumpeter

 

Pavla

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Pavla C 48012 - Grumman F9F-2 Panther Cockpit for Trumpeter
Pavla S48028 - F9F Panther Seat
Price: Pavla C 48012 - GBP12.10 available online from Hannants
Pavla S 48028 - GBP1.70 available online from Hannants
and specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Seven parts in pale yellow resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good detail and casting; clever design with simple parts breakdown; massive improvement over Trumpeter kit parts; cast-on harness for pilot's seat.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook


Trumpeter's 1/48 scale F9F-2 Panther is a bit like the Curate's Egg - it is good in parts. One of the parts that could use some extra attention is the cockpit.

Pavla has addressed this issue with their new 1/48 scale F9F-2 cockpit designed for the Trumpeter kit. The seat is more accurate than the kit part and includes a cast-on harness. The tub itself bristles with cast-on detail, and the top of the instrument coaming looks much busier and more realistic than its kit counterpart.

Casting qualityis excellent, with no pin holes or other imperfections apparent on any of my samples. There is some wafer-thin flash present here and there, which can be tidied up with a swipe of a sharp hobby knife.

Most of the resin parts are mainly cast to each block via fine strips, so removal will not be a great chore. The cockpit tub is cast onto a more substantial, but shallow, block. This should fit with just the sides of the block trimmed off, but do test fit carefully before committing to glue.

Pavla's new 1/48 scale Panther cockpit will add a great deal of useful detail under the big bubble canopy of the Trumpeter kit.

The seat alone is also available as a separate part in set number S 48028.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Pavla for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 15 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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