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Engine set for Hasagawa/Academy F6F-5 Hellcat

Cockpit detail set for Trumpeter Gannet T.2



Pavla, 1/72 scale


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Catalogue Number and Description Pavla No. U 72-78 F6F-5 engine and cowling and
Pavla No. C 72058 Gannet Cockpit.
Price: From specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: F6F-5 engine set includes 4 resin parts in a resealable plastic bag. The gannet cockpit has 17 resin parts on 11 casting blocks, a double sided A5 instruction sheet with parts plan, colour recommendations and 3 build diagrams in a plastic bubble pack.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: The Hellcat engine set is just a more detailed replacement for the standard parts of both the Hasegawa and Academy kits. The Gannet set is similar to the already reviewed Mk1/4 but designed specifically for the T.2 with its twin sticks.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Glen Porter

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I didn't realize it until I was looking for the earlier Gannet review sample to compare it with the new one that I had already reviewed a Pavla F6F Engine set. The earlier set was Pavla U 72-77 for the F6F-3. The difference appears to be that the earlier -3 had cut-outs in the cowling for 4 sets of cowl flaps were as the -5 has only 2. Now, this doesn't correspond with my reference which says the -5 has 4 cut-outs. However, I don't entirely trust my reference so I will leave it up to those who may know more.

Be that as it may, it's a very nice set with a cleanly moulded cowling (2 cut-outs), two banks of cylinders and two sets of cow flaps in cream coloured resin with no bubbles and minimum flash. Apart from the removal of pour stubs, a very small amount of clean-up, it should be a straight swap with the plastic parts.

The T.2 Gannet interior is quite different to the original MK1/4 interior. Of course, it has a full set of controls in the second cockpit and the rear pit is slightly different also. Instead of thirteen parts, this one has seventeen. It has the same problem as the earlier set in as much as there is no mention of shoulder harnesses and I don't trust their colour recommendation of Dark Gull Grey for much of the interior side panels and floor. I'm lead to believe that they were all black.

As with the earlier set, this one will be a great improvement on an already very good kit so along with the F6F set I would suggest both of these to any one with a moderate amount of experience.

Highly Recommended

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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