Flying Control Surfaces
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||5 pieces in medium grey resin
||Beautiful casting; warp-free; thin
trailing edges; easy preparation for use.
||Rare to see a parked Betty with
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Cutting Edge Modelworks set CEC273 provides the modeller with resin
replacement flying surfaces for the Tamiya 1/48 scale rendition of
Mitsubishi's G4M Rikko, or as it was more commonly known by the Allied
forces, the Betty.
The set consists of a rudder, two elevators and two ailerons. The parts
are cast in the familiar, easy to work with mid-grey resin that we are
used to from Cutting Edge.
with all of the replacement control surface sets that I have seen from
Cutting Edge, the Rikko set is straight and true. There are no pinholes
evident and the trailing edges maintain the same even thickness (or should
that read thinness!) on the trailing edges of all parts. The leading edges
are also uniform in casting and incorporate the required airfoil shape.
The impression of the fabric covering is well done, as is the
representation of the ribbing that forms these parts.
Preparing the parts for use is easy. Just run the back edge of a hobby
knife between the part and the casting block and snap the part free. A
quick rub with some fine grade wet and dry sandpaper, (used wet to keep
the dust down) followed by a wash in warm soapy water and the parts are
ready for painting.
Now for the bad news! Try as I might, I was unable to find a photo of a
complete parked Betty with its control surfaces drooped or its rudder
turned off. I'd take a punt and suggest that the control surfaces were
self-centering. The only ones that I did find were of Bettys that had
suffered damage from the attention of ground attack aircraft or were
photographed whilst being run up prior to flight.
The last point aside though, the Cutting Edge CEC48273 is a simple,
well-produced set and is recommended.
The 60th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin in northern Australia by
27 Rikkos of the Kanoya Ku is due on 19 February 2002. What better excuse
to build the Tamiya kit and use the Cutting Edge CEC48273 set?
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review samples
Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
Review Copyright © 2001 by Rodger
Page Created 12 July, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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