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Catalogue Number and Description
Heinke He 162 Full Cockpit
Pavla S 72046 Heinkel He 162 Seat Only
specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Contents and Media:
Cockpit)11 well detailed resin parts on five casting block with a 2
page instruction sheet all in a blister pack. (Seat Only)1 resin
part from the cockpit set and no instructions.
improvement in detail over both the plastic and PE parts in the
Dragon kit. Unbelievably fine casting.
extremely small and fiddly. Not for beginners.
|| Highly Recommended
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Several years ago I built the 1/72 scale Dragon He 162A-2 Volksjager
and was very impressed with the way it went together. I'd been warned
before hand that this kit in particular had some fit problems but they
didn't materialize in fact the only problem I had was that the decals
silvered. I never really worked out why that happened and promised
myself that one day I would build another.
Dragon Aircraft kits has a reputation for being very well detailed,
but the 1/72nd scale kits, more than the bigger scales, didn't always go
together very well. So when Brett handed me these Pavla sets I dug out
my second He 162 to compare the resin parts with those in the kit.
I thought the Dragon kit was well detailed but compared to these resin
parts it is down right dowdy. There are five casting blocks and on the
first is two highly detailed cockpit side-walls and a rear bulkhead with
similar detail. The seat, on its own block, has got to be seen to be
believe. Head and back cushions with harness, both shoulder and lap,
moulded on and side handles/foot rests are to scale. Then comes the nose
wheel cover complete with window moulded to the front bulkhead. A resin
instrument panel with hood and gun sight and lastly, on one block, the
rudder pedals with its frame, control stick, two 30mm cannons and the
cross frame that goes under the instrument hood.
To use this set, the two plastic bulkheads in the fuselage halves will
need to be removed and the side-wall detail, which is only framing, will
have to be ground off. There doesn't seem to be any thing here to create
problems for any-one used to resin except that some of the parts are
extremely delicate and will need care when removing the blocks.
The second set is just the seat from the first, complete with all its
detail, for those who don't want the expense of the full set.
Personally, I don't think the seat by itself is worth it as the full
set, as well as adding a lot of detail, also negates you having to use
that PE instrument panel that comes in the kit and remember that the PE
in these early Dragon kits was not brass but stainless steel. Now I hate
PE at the best of times but this stainless is the pits.
All we need now is for Mr Pavla to consider producing the wheel well bay
for this kit which is too narrow and perhaps get rid of some more of
that pesky PE.
Considering the age of this Dragon kit, as good as it
is, it is somewhat surprising the a resin maker is just getting around
to it now. However, I guess there are a lot of these older kits still
out there in modellers' collections just waiting for the right
inspiration to get them started.
This may be it.
Highly Recommended to those with some resin experience under the belt.
Thanks to Pavla for the review samples
Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 03 December, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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