F-9F Panther Cockpit
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USD$13.00 from Jetset Models
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||13 pieces in yellow resin
||Very nice detail; simple parts
breakdown and engineering; improvement on kit parts.
||Large casting block on seat.
|| Recommended to anyone building
Reviewed by Brett Green
Black Box has released a detailed replacement cockpit for Revell-Monogram's
recently re-released 1/48 scale F-9F Panther.
This new set comprises just 13 pieces in pale yellow resin. The
small number of parts reflects the relative simplicity of the real
The main part is the cockpit tub. This includes the pilot's side
consoles. The rear bulkhead is cast as part of the tub. The tub is
authentically detailed, and is an impressive piece of casting. The
ejection seat rails are designed to permit the seat to slide on - a nice
The seat is also
quite simple compared to more modern ejection seats, but all the main
features are present including a realistically draped harness. However, extreme care will be required when removing the chunky
casting block if damage to the delicately detailed leg rests extending in
front of the seat is to be avoided.
Remaining parts include a new gunsight, control column, sidewalls,
instrument panel and coaming.
Instructions are presented in typical Black Box style - minimal text, a
few exploded view diagrams and some help with the interior colours.
With its good outline and finely raised panel lines, Monogram's old
1/48 scale F-9F Panther still stands up well today. Re-examination of the
kit cockpit shows that it is not really all that bad, especially the seat.
However, the Black Box cockpit offers a definite improvement in general
tub detail, much better instrument panel and gunsight, and the helpful
addition of a harness on the seat.
Whether you have the old Monogram Panther, or the re-released Revell-Monogram
boxing, Black Box's cockpit will look perfectly in place surrounded by its
Gloss Sea Blue home.
Thanks to Mike Reeves from
Jetset Models for the review
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