Cockpit in 1/32
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||28 parts in grey resin, one clear
||Spectacular casting; brilliant cockpit
tub; surprisingly simple parts breakdown; surprisingly comprehensive
detail; addresses poor aspect of Trumpeter's kit.
||Instructions do not indicate era of
A-10; no cockpit colour callouts,
||Highly Recommended to anyone
building Trumpeter's A-10A
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One of the most enduring images of a
five-month overseas trip in 1984 was during a peaceful picnic on the
banks of the Rhine, in a picturesque valley on a bend in the river. The
location was perfect. The steep river banks were lined with pine trees
and castles. It felt as if I had stepped into a picture postcard.
The sunny afternoon was interrupted by a noise
upriver. Was it thunder on this sunny afternoon? Within seconds, the source of
the apocalyptic din swept into view. Just above the Rhine, following the
twisting river valley, an A-10 Warthog jinked, straightened and roared past our
picnic, disappearing as suddenly as it arrived.
The plane was not pretty, but it was certainly
not forgettable either!
Edge have clearly decided to create an equally strong impression with
their 1/32 scale A-10 cockpit set.
Trumpeter's 1/32 scale A-10 Warthog
kit is big in size and scope, but the cockpit leaves an awful lot to be
desired. Although the seat is not bad, the cockpit tub and instrument
panel in particular would be considered inadequate in a 1/72 scale kit,
let alone a model of this size. Check out the picture of the assembled
kit cockpit in Terry Ashley's review of
Cutting Edge's cockpit totally
replaces the kit parts. The cockpit comprises 27 parts in grey resin and
one acetate sheet with optional instruments. All the resin parts are
cast perfectly. There are a few stout casting blocks, but careful
application of the razor saw will make short work of most of them. The
contrast between the kit parts and Cutting Edge's cockpit is stark. The
resin cockpit is nothing short of spectacular.
The central focus is the one-piece
cockpit tub. Quilted sidewalls and the rear turtledeck are moulded as
part of the tub. This is a stunning tribute to the art of resin casting.
The detail is so complete that it is hard to know where to begin. The
side consoles bristle with switch, dial and throttle detail. Electrical
wiring, cables and cockpit lights snake around the tub. Rivet detail
criss-crosses the turtledeck. The large size of the tub also adds to the
The ACES II ejection seat is equally
remarkable. Harnesses are moulded on, and crisp detail is apparent
everywhere. The fabric detail and texture should be singled out for
special mention. The different styles of material have been treated to
subtly different finishes. The border piping of the ribbed backrest has
an almost-invisible cross-hatch pattern, while the seat cushion has a
very "fabric" feel to the finish.
The seat is also semi-operable. After
the seat has been removed from its casting block, it is simply slid into
the cockpit between the rails, where is remains snugly in place. I have
already test-fitted the seat and I can confirm that it really does fit
instrument panel offers the option of acetate instrument
This panel is a nice,
three-dimensional part that will really compliment the Warthog's
The remaining parts are produced
to the same high standards as the main pieces.
The format of the instructions
will be familiar to anyone who has used Cutting Edge products.
Assembly is called out using a combination of photographs
and text. Make sure you read the text - there are a few important
suggestions that will make construction easier. The only
disappointment about the instructions is the lack of painting
information. For someone like me with little reference, a few
suggestions about the colours of the cockpit and the seat would
have been very helpful.
Over the years I have seen a lot of resin.
This set rates right up there with the best of them.
Considering the significant financial
investment required to own Trumpeter's A-10, I'd expect that most modellers will
want more detail in the large cockpit. Cutting Edge's resin replacement cockpit
will fit the bill perfectly. It will look breathtakingly realistic after careful
In fact, considering the size of the cockpit
tub, I'd almost recommend this set as a stand-alone model. Paint the outside
black, stick it on a base and voila! The poor man's Warthog!
Furthermore, the cockpit is so well engineered
that it will not present a challenge to build for even relatively inexperienced
Highly Recommended for anyone building a
Thanks to Meteor
Productions for the review sample.
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Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 28 March, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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