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T-28D Trojan Cockpit Set


 

Black Box

 

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Catalogue No. & Description: Item #48059 T-28D Trojan Cockpit Set
Price: USD$17.00 from Jetset Models
Contents and Media: 28 pieces in yellow resin
Scale: 1/48
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautifully cast; great detail; effective instructions; includes wiring detail on front face of rear panel
Disadvantages: Packaging style leaves parts vulnerable to breakage; identical front and rear belts
Recommendation: Recommended 

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

 

FirstLook

 

One of Black Boxís latest releases is the T-28D Trojan cockpit set. The set has been engineered for the ancient Monogram kit.

The set is very comprehensive and comprises

  • The cockpit tub itself

  • Left and right supports for the rear seat

  • Front and rear instrument coamings

  • Front and rear control sticks

  • Weapons panel

  • Two throttles

  • Instrument panel coaming/gunsight

  • The control stick locking device

  • Front left and right fuselage sidewalls

  • The AN/ARN-6 loop antenna

  • Rear left and right fuselage sidewalls

  • The left and right front canopy frames

  • the front and rear seats

The parts are beautifully cast in a butter coloured resin and exhibit crisp detail and lack any bubbles at all. Flash on my sample was minimal and the pour-plugs have been cast so that there is a clear definition between it and the part to make the separation task a little less harrowing.

A whole lot of work has been done on this set. Details that you canít see in the picture include a representation of the rivet detail on the floor of the cockpit tub and the inner surfaces of the canopy rails.

Love it hate, the lap belts seat belts have been cast in place and as a consequence are the same front and rear. I for one donít have too much of a problem with this as it sure beats trying to thread masking tape or paper through tiny buckles and then trying to get them to sit properly.

The forward face of the rear instrument panel is complete with a representation of the maze of wiring for the instruments. This aspect has been well represented. Once this has been painted and treated with a wash it will well and truly stand out.

The instruction sheet is the traditional Black Box effort. It gives an exploded view of the parts as well as identifying each of them by number. It also supplies a handy list of references to assist with the project as well as some larger views to show some of the more complex task to be completed.

 



The set comes packed in a plastic zip-loc bag which is then packed into a plastic vac-formed box. Effective packaging but it does lead to breakages of some of the more delicate parts and there were a couple in my sample.

If you do happen to be unlucky enough have a couple of broken or mis-formed pieces in your kit contact Black Box and they will replace them for you. As evidence of this, the set that I have was missing the instruction sheet so I fired off a quick fax to them requesting a copy. In less than 24 hours the guys at Black Box had sent it to me. Thanks for that Jeff.

The Monogram T-28 is basically a good kit but it screams out for the kind of detail that this set provides. Combine the kit, the Black Box detail set, as well as a nice set of decals and you will have great looking model on your shelf.

Recommended

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


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Review Copyright © 2002 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 08 October, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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