|Media:||Resin, photo etch, and film|
|Review Type:||In Package|
|Contents:||Eight resin parts, one sheet of instrument film, twenty-seven photo-etched parts|
|Advantages:||Drop fit parts for the Hasegawa BF 109 G 6/14 kits|
|Disadvantages:||Will probably require some conversion to fit other manufacturer kits.|
|Recommendation:||Highly recommended for anyone working on detailing the cockpit of a Hasegawa 109.|
F i r s t L o o k
The first reaction to seeing this product at the Chicago RCHTA show was ho-hum another 109 set. Personally, I have always used the Cooper Detail set as the bench-mark for 109 sets and very few on the market have come close to that mark. Closer inspection shows that this is one of those sets that hit the mark in comparison to the Cooper set.
Molded in varying colors of resin, this set comes from FM Details in Hungary. These are the same people who brought us the engine bay sets for the BF 109 and FW-190 kits. The resin castings are bubble free and show very detailed and well defined details. The wire loom from the electrical panel and the tail wheel locking linkage being two items that stand out in remarkable detail. The photo etched parts are done in a slightly heavier gauge brass than the typical Eduard sets. Relief etching is excellent and the instrument panel has some of the best relief detailing yet on photo etched panels. A nice addition in this set is the inclusion of a resin backing panel for the etched instrument panel, designed to drop fit into the Hasegawa fuselage.
This set was specifically designed to fit the current crop of Hasegawa 109s. The side-wall panels drop fit into the Hasegawa fuselage with nothing more than the removal of the molding blocks and light pass with a sanding stick to smooth the cut edges. The resin floor panel has the front and real bulkheads mold integrally and drops in from below using the existing Hasegawa mounting lugs to locate into place. A first for 109 sets, the right hand panel includes the cut-out in the fuel line for the clear fuel flow piece in the fuel line. The instruction sheet shows the use of a piece of clear rod for this part. The clear rod is not included and can probably be produced using stretched sprue from the kit clear parts tree.
C o n c l u s i o n
The level of detail and quality of molding are every bit as good as what Roy Sutherland has been giving us on his Cooper Detail products. The upside for FM is the drop fit of their set without the need to thin or otherwise modify the existing kit parts.
This set is highly recommended to anyone building the Hasegawa 109s.
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