190D-9 Cockpit Set
Reviewed by Brett Green
Adeco's second cockpit set is designed for the 1/48 scale Tamiya Focke-Wulf 190D-9.
This is a sensible and popular choice of subject considering the large number of interesting "Dora" subjects under the spotlight in various after-market decal sheets and reference books (most notably "Green Hearts - First In Combat With the Dora 9" by Axel Urbanke).
Like Adeco's Bf 109G-6/14 cockpit before it, this little set is a winner.
The combination of MDC's exquisitely fine casting and Vincent Kermogant's thorough research has produced a simple but elegant addition to Tamiya's Fw 190D.
This cockpit set comprises 13 pieces flawlessly cast in light grey resin and one short length of styrene rod. The parts are virtually flash-free, and the casting plugs are lightweight - no challenge for a sharp knife. Detail on all the parts are admirably crisp.
The cockpit tub is cast in one-piece, with plenty of detail cast on to the side consoles, forward firewall and floor. I was particularly impressed by the undercut beneath the cover immediately forward of the control column. Clever stuff.
The lovely seat is cast with a realistically textured cushion in place, but no harness. A brass harness from Airwaves, Reheat or Eduard can easily address this omission. The instrument panel is very crisp and appropriately three-dimensional despite being cast in one piece. This thoughtful engineering will simplify positioning the panel.
Minor parts are, again, superbly done. A separate throttle is supplied to ensure three-dimensional prominence. The rudder pedal assembly includes vertical and horizontal linkages that will, unfortunately, be lost forever in the darkness of the cockpit tub's forward recess - but at least you'll know its there! By the way, don't shave off the electrical wiring on the front of the control column - it could easily be mistaken for a tiny seam line!
Wafer thin cockpit sidewalls replace the detail moulded to the kit's fuselage interior. A little scraping will be necessary to remove the kit detail.
Instructions are provided in five illustrated steps on a small sheet. This clearly sets out the very minor surgery required to kit parts and the appropriate sequence of assembly.
Adeco's second cockpit detail set lives up to the high standard set by its first release. This simple but superbly executed item will make a fitting companion to Tamiya's Focke-Wulf 190D-9.
Adeco detail sets are distributed by Model Design Construction at
1 Park Mews, Church Street,
Phone 01773 609700
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Thanks to Adeco and MDC for the review sample
Review Copyright © 1998 by Brett