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F8F-1 Bearcat Corrected Cowl



Cutting Edge Modeworks


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Catalogue Number and Description: CEC48130 F8F-1 Bearcat Corrected Cowl 
Scale: 1/48 scale
Contents and Media: 3 resin parts 
Price: USD $9.99
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Good, strong packaging material; minimal flash that is easily cleaned off; no air bubbles/casting imperfections.
Recommendation: Recommended 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions


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Much has been written by many in regard to the accuracy or otherwise of the cowling supplied in the Hobbycraft series of F8F Bearcats.

I for one was happy with the kit's cowling as, all said and done, it does look like a Bearcat! However, now that I have seen the corrected cowling produced by Cutting Edge Modelworks I have to say that theirs does look much more like the one-to-one-scale example.

CEC 48130 provides you with a one-piece cowling that is beautifully cast in a mid-grey resin. The cowling is complete with finely etched panel lines and rivet detail. The rear edges are a third the thickness of the kit's cowling and, at first, I feared that they would be so fragile as to break whilst I was scraping and sanding off the small amount of flash still evident from the casting process. My fears were unfounded though as the resin proved to be quite flexible and easily survived the clean-up process.


Cutting Edge Cowl (front)

Kit Cowl (front)


To quote Cutting Edge's construction notes on the use of their cowling set "This is REEEEEEELY easy! Throw away the Hobbycraft cowling and substitute ours!" That, in a nutshell is that.


Cutting Edge Cowl (rear)

Kit Cowl (rear)


Cutting Edge also provide a further resin engine mount as a part of the cowling set which allows the modeler to mount the Teknics R2800 engine to the Hobbycraft kit.


Thanks to Meteor Productions for the Sample

Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from Meteor Productions Website

Review Copyright 2000 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 26 February, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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