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USD$15.75 from Jetset Models
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||24 pieces in yellow resin
||Great detail; effective
instructions; nice texture on seats and quilting; great improvement on kit
||Cast harnesses identical on both
seats; potential breakages due to packing method
One of the latest cockpit sets produced by Black Box is designed to fit
the superb Revell/Monogram AT-37.
The set consists of 24 pieces cast in a light tan coloured resin. The set
is comprises of the following parts:
Two ejection seats
Two ejection seat supports
An instrument panel
The instrument panel coaming
The right side-wall
The left side-wall
The overhead canopy frame
The gunsight platform
The gunsight cradle
Two control column bases
Two control column handgrips
The canopy actuator base
Two throttle handles
Four rudder pedals
Whilst the cockpit supplied with the kit is very nice on its own the
Black Box effort leaves it dead in the water.
rear bulkhead of the cockpit tub displays some beautiful plumbing detail
that just has to be seen to be believed. The seats are supplied as a pair.
Both are identical which means that the cast-in belts are in the same
position. This may upset some people but is not too much of a problem as,
generally, the belts are tidied up by the ground crew as a part of the
after-flight inspection and are placed in much the same position anyway.
The instrument panel is crisply cast and very “busy” with instruments
covering it entirely. Black Box has done a nice job here and has cast-in
the instrument needles as well as nice bezels around the lenses. This is
good news as it makes the painting task so much easier. Just apply some
thinned black paint to each instrument and the raised bezel will act as a
dam and hold it in until it dries – simple! Just a quick dry-brush to
bring out the needles’ add some gloss varnish to represent the glass and
the instrument panel will become a focal part of the model The side walls
are also very “busy” and the quilted sound-proofing blankets are well
represented as are the various circuit breaker panels and their associated
All of the parts are crisply cast and there is a total lack of pinholes in
my example. Unfortunately, some of the more delicate parts had broken in
transit. The rudder pedals are affected the worst and a tiny part of the
top of the ejection seat rail was also broken off. Whilst the repairs are
simple and not very onerous it still irks somewhat to have to make them at
all. I wish I had a suggestion as to how Black Box could better pack these
delicate parts but I don’t have one that would be cheap and cost
effective. Having said that though I understand that Black Box cheerfully
replace any broken or malformed parts without any hassles.
The instruction sheet simple but effective and contains all of the
necessary information to identify the parts as well as construction tips,
painting notes and a list of further references.
The set comes packed in a one-piece vacuform container with a lid that
closes firmly to secure all of the tiny parts.
This is a great little set and looks good in raw resin! Once it is painted
and dry-brushed it will be stunning.
Thanks to Mike Reeves from Jetset Models for the review
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Last updated 22 July, 2003
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