Cutting Edge Modelworks
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||15 parts in grey resin
||Great detail; massive improvement to
accuracy and subtlety of kit parts; one piece floats with minimal
clean-up; kit is a worthy donor for the main parts despite its venerable
age; best used in combination with CE’s cockpit, replacement cowl and
“Engines and Things” engine
||You’ll end up with a beautiful but
||Highly Recommended to fans of US
Navy aircraft with significant modelling experience and a reasonable
Reviewed by Brett
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Cutting Edge's tribute to Monogram's
old 1/48 scale OS2U Kingfisher concludes with their OS2U Corrected
Floats set. This prominent aspect of the Kingfisher forms a resin
trilogy with the Kingfisher
cockpit and the Kingfisher
replacement cowl already available from Cutting Edge (and reviewed
earlier on HyperScale).
Some resin releases address subtle kit
problems, but this new float will make a noticeable difference even when
it is viewed across the room. The main float on the Monogram Kingfisher
is around 35% undersized by volume compared to the Edo float typically
fitted to this aircraft. This translates to the kit float looking puny
when viewed next to the Cutting Edge item. Wartime photos supports
Cutting Edge's dimensions.
15 resin parts are packed into the
familiar Ziploc bag favoured by Cutting Edge.
The main float is hard to miss. It is
delivered as a large, single casting. The part has already been snapped
off its small casting block before packing, so the only cleanup required
will be the swipe of a sanding stick at the rudder join line. Casting is
flawless on this part and the balance of the set, with crisply engraved
panel detail and raised surface features where applicable.
Monogram's wing floats are more
accurate their main float, but the resin replacements are better
detailed and are presented as a single casting. This means that there
will be no tricky seams to tidy up. The casting blocks are still
attached, but I simply snapped mine off with no damage to the resin
The remaining parts are mounting
pylons, rudder parts, rigging fairings plus a single eye bolt and sled
hook. The pylons are cast onto a slender block of resin. These should
present no challenge to remove and prepare for assembly. However, note
that the tops of the pylons need to be trimmed to compensate for a
variable warpage in the kit fuselage. This is clearly explained in the
instructions. The outer wing mounting struts for the small floats will
need to be trimmed too, in order to obtain the correct nose-up attitude
for the replacement resin parts.
Instructions are laid out on a single
side of a letter-sized sheet. Seven photographs are supported by
Construction Notes. You really do need to read these instructions
if you want to achieve an accurate and hassle-free result.
This set will make an immediate difference to
the "look" of your 1/48 scale Monogram Kingfisher.
If you take the trouble to modify the kit to accept these new floats, then you will
also probably want the replacement cowl and superdetailed cockpit from
Cutting Edge. You’ll also need the Engines and Things engine. Oh, and the
Yellowhammer decals. The Squadron canopy will be a nice finishing touch too. The accessory investment
will add up to more than
USD$60 for this USD$12 kit.
Apart from the cost, some experience working
with resin conversions will be helpful for this project. To achieve a consistent
finish to the kit I would recommend rescribing the panel lines on what remains
of Monogram's plastic parts.
The result will be a model that is mostly resin, mostly accurate and stunningly
Thanks to Meteor
Productions for the review sample.
Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 21 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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