B-25J/H Detail and Conversion
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||21 parts in cream coloured resin;
three vacform parts
USD$9.95 from Cobra
||Incredible detail; excellent
mastering and casting; worthwhile subject matter; structural detail cast
onto interior fuselage surfaces; maximum options through clever
||Vacform parts very delicate and no
spares supplied; casting step on bottom of forward fuselage part; may be
hard to find Revell 1/144 Mitchell..
||Highly Recommended to 1/144 scale
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Cobra Company offer a steadily growing range of resin kits, conversions
and accessories in large and small scales - from 1/144 to 1/32. The
majority of their subjects are helicopters, but this is not always the
Alex Bernardo will be well known to many HyperScale visitors as a superb
modeller of 1/144 scale aircraft. Cobra Company has enlisted Alex to
master several small scale conversions, including their recent 1/144 scale
B-25J/H Detail and Conversion Set. The result is really quite remarkable.
Cobra Company's 1/144 scale B-2J/H Detail and Conversion Set comprises 21
parts in pale cream coloured resin and three vacform canopy and turret
parts. The resin is beautifully cast, with only a few minor imperfections
(a scar of a casting step on the lower fuselage and one tiny pinhole in a
nacelle). The surface detail on the resin is terrific. The features are as
crisp as you would expect to see on a 1/72 or 1/48 scale kit. The cowl
flaps and exhaust ejectors are worthy of particular mention in this
The next striking attribute of this set is the large amount of detail cast
in the interior of parts. The forward cowls are deeply undercut to include
convincing engine cylinder and crankcase detail. The forward fuselage part
has structural detail and boxes cast onto the interior sidewalls, with
consoles and bulkheads provided in the cockpit. This is really impressive
to see in a piece of resin less than 1.5" long!
"Small details" in 1/144 scale are really small, but this has not
stopped Cobra Company from supplying seats and control columns. The real
surprise is the provision of separate, hollowed-out control yokes and an
instrument panel with recessed instrument positions.
Remaining components of the kit include a new nose gear assembly, main
wheels, a solid gun nose for the B-25H option and replacement propellers.
The last item are cast in a thin wafer of resin and inside a triangular
framework. Extreme care will be required to remove these without damage.
clear nose, canopy and upper turret are supplied as vacform parts. These
parts are extremely thin and easily damaged.
My clear nose was punched in during the long trip home and it will not
entirely resume its original shape. The lesson here is to store and
transport this conversion (and the resulting model) very carefully.
Instructions are supplied on two sheets of letter-sized paper, and called
out over six steps. Reference diagrams and photographs are included.
Cobra Company's 1/144 scale B-25J/H Detail and Conversion Set is a
remarkable piece of work. It will represent a major improvement to your
Revell or Crown 1/144 scale B-25.
Modellers with some experience working with resin and vacform parts in
1/144 scale will really enjoy this new offering from Cobra Company.
Thanks to Chris from Cobra
Company for the review sample.
Cobra Company's website and online catalogue may be found at
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Page Created 21 August, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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