U-2A/C Dragon Lady
Reviewed by Brett Green
Cutting Edge’s U-2A/C cockpit is quite simple. It comprises only 17 parts in grey coloured resin. The cockpit tub is supplied as a single part. Side console details, the rear bulkhead, plumbing, switches and seat rails are all moulded onto this compact casting. Detail is crisp and busy. The instrument panel offers the option of acetate instruments per Cutting Edge’s common practice over the last year or two.
The ejection seat is typically nice. It is fully detailed front and
back, and includes a convincingly draped harness. The seat simply slides
onto the rails in the cockpit (test-fitted in the photo to the right), but
the seat should be installed before the cockpit is secured in the fuselage
to avoid breaking the delicate control yoke and the protruding driftsight
glare boot (you just have to love that name!).
Construction will be very straightforward. Mounting lugs and sockets
must be carved away from the kit sidewalls. The glare shield must also be
removed. Apart from that, the Cutting Edge items are direct replacements
for the kit cockpit and coaming.
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Instructions are in the familiar Cutting Edge style. Notes are provided and, as I have mentioned in earlier reviews, the modeller ignores them at his peril. You really do need to read these instructions to avoid expensive and time-consuming problems.
This is the second recent Cutting Edge cockpit release targetted at an older kit. This cockpit will certainly breathe new life into either the Hawk or Testors offerings of the U-2. Furthermore, its installation will present few challenges to anyone who has worked with after-market resin sets.
Cutting Edge’s recently released 1/48 scale U-2 decals will add further variety.
Cutting Edge’s U-2A/C Dragon Lady cockpit will be a very useful accessory to anyone building either of these 1/48 scale spyplanes as a CIA or US Air Force machine.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available fromMeteor Productions Website
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Brett T. Green