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P47D Cockpit Detail Set.
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

The set consists of 13 resin parts, including 3 styles of gunsight and alternative rear bulkheads. The detail throughout is outstanding. The resin parts are direct replacements for the Tamiya originals and all show extra detail over their plastic counterparts. The casting is mostly excellent, but there are one or two tiny bubbles on the review sample, which should only take a moment or two to put right.

The seat is a superb one-piece casting, complete with support frame and moulded on harness. The sidewalls and floor are similarly good, with extra cables and piping, plus quite a number of differences in equipment layout compared with the Tamiya parts.

The small instruction sheet is very clearly illustrated and assembly should be very straightforward - there are just 2 projections inside the Tamiya fuselage to trim before the resin tub can be fitted. Details are given on which gunsight is appropriate for which P-47 production block.

True Details include detailed painting notes but, with the level of detail offered in this kit, it will be well worth tracking down some extra reference pics to try to depict the many placards and stencils throughout the original's cockpit.

Conclusion
I've "only" given 8/10 because of the couple of bubbles I found, but this is really a superb set which definitely improves on the Tamiya kit's already excellent cockpit. With its simple breakdown of parts and minimum work needed to fit it, this would make an ideal set for anyone wanting to try a resin detail set for the first time.

Thank you to MMD-Squadron for kindly supplying the review sample.

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SUMMARY
The True Details resin cockpit set is designed for P-47D-15 to D-28 production blocks and replaces the cockpit in Tamiya's beautiful 1/48 Razorback and Bubble-top kits - the set contains alternative parts for both versions. The Tamiya kits already feature a very well detailed cockpit, so True Details have set themselves quite a task to improve on the kit parts.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: TD48499
  Suggested Retail: $8-96
  PUBLISHED: Nov 28, 2004
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.10%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.64%

About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2019 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


   

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