Cobra Company 1/48 SH-2F Correction Set First Look
By Fotios Rouch
|Date of Review||March 2014||Manufacturer||Cobra Company|
|Subject||SH-2F Correction Set||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||48062||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Corrects/replaces SH-2G transmission cover in Kitty Hawk SH-2F kit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$14.00|
All the rotorheads and especially the Seasprite fans eagerly anticipated the Kitty Hawk release of the SH-2F kit. The kit looks good overall except for two things. Somehow Kitty Hawk got the wrong research in their hands and they mixed up the variants. So the kit contained the transmission cover of the SH-2G variant and it ruined the profile. The other problem with the kit is the total lack of an ASW station in the main cabin.
Well we have some good news. Some new and some old actually. Let's start with the old good news: Cobra Company already has a very nice interior for the Seasprite that they developed for the Matchbox/Revell kit. It should work just fine in addressing the lack of main cabin interior in the Kitty Hawk kit. By the way, the old Matchbox kit was very accurate in profile for an SH-2F variant.
The new good news is that Cobra fixed the transmission cover profile issue and will present us shortly with a conversion or correction set that fixes the Kitty Hawk set. As I was looking at my Kitty Hawk kit I was trying to figure out how to fix the problem. It was not just relocating the tranny cover. What about the profile itself? What about the top windows location and the top panel? Well, Mr Chief Snake has solved the problem for us with a nice resin and vac set.
The parts are very well molded and the vac transparencies are fine. Two vac sets are provided in case a of slip up. This should be a reasonably easy set to use. With a little cleanup the parts will be ready to use.
I was thinking that this was going to be a resin set in the twenty dollar plus range. Chief Snake informs that it will be somewhere in the mid-teens and available very soon on the web site for orders. I think it is very well worth the money. Otherwise you will be stuck with a $50 SH-2FG!
If you get to the Cobra Company website, check out the interior set 48004. They also have an exterior set that was designed and very much needed for the old Matchbox kit but I am not convinced those parts are needed for the Kitty Hawk kit.
The correction set is very much recommended together with the interior.
My sincere thanks to Cobra Company for this early sample!