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F-9F Panther Cockpit

 

Black Box

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No. & Description Item #48023
Price: USD$13.00 from Jetset Models
Contents and Media: 13 pieces in yellow resin
Scale: 1/48
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very nice detail; simple parts breakdown and engineering; improvement on kit parts.
Disadvantages: Large casting block on seat.
Recommendation: Recommended to anyone building Monogram's F-9F

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

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 aircraft's cockpit.

 

 

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 touch..

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.

 

 

Conclusion

 

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.

Recommended.

Thanks to Mike Reeves from Jetset Models for the review sample.


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Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
Page Created 21 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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