for Tamiya kit
Eduard BRASSIN, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 BRASSIN Bf 109 F Engine and Fuselage Guns
are available online from Squadron.com
Eduard has released a multimedia BRASSIN cockpit for Tamiya's 1/48 scale F-14D Tomcat.
The kit cockpit is quite respectable, but Eduard's full replacement lifts the detail to another level.
Eduard's BRASSIN 1/48 scale F-14D Tomcat cockpit comprises 34 parts in grey resin, one part in clear resin, one colour printed photo-etched fret, a small decal sheet and detailed instructions.
The main cockpit tub is split into two pieces - one for the pilot and one for the Weapons Systems Officer (WSO).
Casting is perfect and detail is excellent.
The seats are supplied as five resin parts each plus photo-etched parts for harness straps, pull handles and other details. The detail of the sides and rear of the main seat catings is a wonder to behold.
The remaining resin parts include bulkheads, upper sidewalls, coamings, throttle and control columns and smaller details.
The smaller parts are cast onto narrow casting points. These will be fast and easy to remove. A little more effort will be required to free the cockpit tubs and the WSO's panel from their casting blocks, but nothing that will intimidate anyone used to working with resin parts.
The colour photo-etched fret supplies half-tone printed harness straps (they look quite convincing), pull handles and a few small details.
Decals are provided for stencil plates, instruments and more. Printed acetate gunsight reflectors are included too.
Instructions are supplied in colour on three folded A4 sheets. There is a little scraping and surgery to be done to kit parts, but I don't anticipate anything very challenging.
This is a worthwhile upgrade for Tamiya's excellent 1/48 scale F-14D Tomcat kit that lifts the front office to a whole new level of detail.
Thanks to Eduard for the samples and images.
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13 April, 2020
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