F8F-2 Bearcat Cockpit
F8F-2 Corrected Cowling
Cutting Edge Modelworks
|S u m m a r y
||CEC48129 - Cockpit for
the Hobbycraft Kit
CEC48134 - Corrected Cowling and Front Fuselage
||CEC48129 - Seven parts in cream
coloured resin; five parts in grey resin, one acetate sheet
CEC48134 - Eight parts in
cream coloured resin; one part in grey resin
CEC48134 - US$14.95
||Excellent, clean casting; clever
engineering; great fit; great detail but simple construction; minimal kit
||Some delicate parts
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
You've just got to love that stumpy little F8F Bearcat. Developed too late to
see service during WWII, this high performance fighter was limited mainly by its
introduction at the dawn of the jet age.
Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale kit has a lot going for it. It is inexpensive, panel
lines are crisp and recessed, the wheel well is nicely detailed and control
surfaces are well represented. However, the cockpit and engine are pretty basic;
and the contours of the forward fuselage are wrong.
Cutting Edge has released four sets to address these problems, two of which
are reviewed here today.
Cutting Edge's F8F-2 cockpit set instructions are prefaced with the words
that "...this is a simple set to construct". That's true, but it
doesn't detract from the beautiful detail incorporated in its twelve resin
Seven parts are cast in the familiar cream-coloured resin, while the smaller
details are presented in Cutting Edge's more durable grey resin.
Sidewalls are bristling with structural detail, wiring, switches and
quadrants. No detail is added to the basic sidewall parts - its all moulded on.
The seat with its moulded-on harness and cushion is another highlight.
The instrument panel provides the option of using the resin instruments, or
sanding off the back of the panel (thus removing the instrument detail)
and using an acetate backing sheet. I really like this option.
The remainder of this simple detail set comprises the front bulkhead,
turtledeck, canopy bar, gunsight, control column, instrument coaming and
The instructions are very good, using a combination of detailed text and
CEC48134 provides a new nose for the F8F-2 kit.
A new cowling plus a large chunk of forward fuselage are supplied. The cowl
is cast in one piece of grey resin and shows no sign of any casting connection -
no cleanup is required at all. The section of fuselage corrects the shape of the
exhaust washout but as a bonus also permits the cowl flaps to be positioned
open. The fuselage sections thoughtfully include small tabs to positively locate
the resin parts with the kit mid-fuselage. These parts will only need a swipe
with a sanding stick to be ready to use.
Considering that this is a pretty major conversion, the parts preparation is
surprisingly simple. The only modification to the kit is one straight cut along
a panel line on each fuselage half.
I have already cut off the kit nose and test-fitted the resin parts. The fit
and alignment with the kit fuselage and wing root is close to perfect.
The replacement exhaust stubs are really well done.
However, they are also pretty delicate. Despite Cutting Edge's sturdy packaging, one side of an exhaust cover
broke off during transit.
Cutting Edge even supply an engine mount for the Teknics R-2800 - a
worthwhile investment to really finish off this project.
Gregg Cooper has done a terrific job mastering both of these sets. If you
want to build a more accurate Bearcat, this is certainly the simplest way to do
Thanks to Meteor Productions
for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks
Resin Conversion Kits are available at Meteor Productions Website
Review Text and Images Copyright © 1999 by Brett Green
Page Created 23 September, 1999
22 July, 2003
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