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Catalogue Number and Description
Cockpit set for Trumpeter Gannet.
online from Hannants
and specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Contents and Media:
coloured resin parts on 10 casting blocks plus a 195mm X 135mm
double sided instruction sheet with parts plan and 4 build diagrams.
||Well cast with
no bubbles or distortion, highly detailed, directly replaces kit
||Lap belts are
moulded onto the seats but there are no shoulder harnesses.
|| Highly Recommended
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When I reviewed Trumpeter’s 1/72 scale Gannet here on
HyperScale a few months ago, I commented that it looked very good but it
lacked cockpit detail compared to their Wyvern.
Since then, I've had the pleasure of reviewing a nicely detailed weapons
bay from FAA Models in the UK. Now, Pavla has released the most
important improvement - a resin cockpit detail set.
I like Pavla's resin sets. They usually don't include photo-etched
parts, which drive me mad, and they seem to put all their effort into
maximizing detail in resin, which makes them easier to assemble compared
to some other resin manufacturers. Their quality is as good as any
others and it's normally reasonably priced. This set is up to that very
high standard that we've come to expect from them.
This set includes floors, sidewalls, bulkheads and seats for all three
offices and they are all beautifully detailed with all necessary
equipment. There is also a resin control column supplied, but mine was
broken and as they tell you to use the kit rudder peddles I guess I
might as well use the kit stick as well.
Colour recommendations are picked out in the build diagrams using the
ABC method which is common these days. I thought these aircraft had
mostly black interiors yet Pavla recommend Dark Gull Grey for most of
the surfaces. Scale effect perhaps?
My only other concern with this kit is the seat belts. Lap belts are
moulded onto the resin seats and very nicely done too. However, there
are no shoulder harnesses. I could not find any photos of the belts in a
Gannet but surely they had shoulder straps, especially in the two front
pits and there is no mention of them in the instructions like “Please
scratch build them”. The rear seat has no back and can face forward or
back depending on what the crew member is doing at any given time so it
may not have had them but I'm sure the front would have. Oh well, a bit
more research to do.
I'm not surprised that the after market people are onto this kit so
quickly as its such a leap forward compared to the old Revell/Frog kit,
and it is just crying out for someone to fill in the missing pieces.
Well done Pavla
Thanks to Pavla for the review sample
Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 06 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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