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F6F Hellcat Corrected Cowl 

 

Cutting Edge

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Price: CEC48109 US$11.99
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 1 piece in grey resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Accurate in profile; simple replacement for kit part; cowl flaps open; correct flap and panel configuration for an F6F-5
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended for a totally accurate Hellcat; or for anyone who wants open cowl flaps on a -5

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions

 

FirstLook

 

This simple resin part replaces the kit cowling in Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Hellcat kits. 

The main area to receive attention has been the shape of the supercharger/oil cooler intake at the bottom of the cowl. This shape does seem to be slightly off on the kit part, and Cutting Edge's replacement certainly looks better from the front.

There are a few additional benefits associated with this cowl. 

First and foremost, it is moulded with the cowl flaps open. That will add some variety for a start. Secondly, the lower cowl flaps have been deleted and panel lines restored, making it appropriate for an F6F-5 Hellcat. One of the annoying (but niggling) problems with the Hasegawa kit is that the -5 kit comes with a -3 cowl. By using this replacement cowl from Cutting Edge, those minor alterations will no longer be required.

The resin is cast perfectly in grey with no air bubbles or other imperfections on my sample. Care will be required to remove the narrow ring of resin around the back of the cowl. I recommend using a fine razor saw to cut off the bulk of the material followed by a sanding block to attain a perfectly flat back surface.

Correcting the misshapen intakes might not be justification enough for a replacement cowl, but the open flaps and -5 modifications make this an interesting option for your F6F-5 Hellcat.

Recommended.

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample


Cutting Edge Modelworks Resin accessories are available at Meteor Productions Website


Review and Image Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 22 October, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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