EF-111A Raven Cockpit
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USD$17.75 from Jetset Models
|Contents and Media:
||39 pieces in yellow resin
||Great detail; effective
instructions; massive improvement on kit parts; includes detail parts for
||Seats a very tight fit; identically
draped harnesses for pilot and navigator.
|| Recommended to anyone building
an Academy 1/48 scale EF-111A Raven
Reviewed by Brett Green
Black Box's EF-111A Raven cockpit set is their second release for the
Aardvark front office. The first release was for the F-111F. This set was
designed with the assistance of Jim Rotramel, author of the recent "F-111
in Detail" series in HyperScale's Reference Library. For information on
the colours and configuration of F-111 cockpits,
here to see Part Six of the series.
cockpit tub is a large, single casting. The detail on the side consoles
and the rear bulkhead is terrific. There is no casting block to speak of,
but it would be wise to test fit thoroughly before gluing the cockpit tub
The seats are crisply cast with moulded-on seat belts. Unfortunately,
the drape of the belts is identical on both seats, which may be noticeable
to the sharp-eyed observer.
The main instrument panel is is large and thinly cast. It will fit
under the separate coaming part.
The details supplied for the kit canopy, including canopy frames,
overhead control consoles and sills, is a great bonus for modellers who
want to display the gull-wing canopy open. Remaining pieces include
sticks, throttle, boxes and some small details.
The casting quality is very high, but care will be required when
removing some of the pieces from their casting blocks.
Instructions take the form of a numbered parts list and two
exploded-view construction drawings. A third diagram with painting
suggestions for the seat is also included.
Academy's 1/48 scale F-111 is not a bad kit straight out of the box, but
the installation of either this cockpit in the EF-111A version, or the
earlier release in the F-111F, will contribute a vast improvement to the
front end of either model.
The large cockpit will also reward the effort in preparation,
assembly and painting.
Thanks to Mike Reeves from
Jetset Models for the review
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