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P-40B/Hawk 75 Super Detailed Cockpit

Cutting Edge 1/32 P-40B/Hawk 75 Super Detailed Cockpit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2004 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject P-40B/Hawk 75 Super Detailed Cockpit Scale 1/32
Kit Number CEC32145 Primary Media Resin
Pros Complete replacement for the too-shallow Trumpeter cockpit plus posable seat belts and harnesses Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

This new set from Cutting Edge is a complete replacement for the cockpit in the Trumpeter 1/32 P-40B kit. The set comes complete with new (and deeper) floor, accurately representing the top of the wing where the real cockpit was built over. A nice rear bulkhead frame with fuel tank is also beautfully cast. The set also includes new sidewalls, seat frame, control column, hydraulic lever, instrument panel (with acetate instruments), and several gunsight options depending on the version you're building.

P-40B/Hawk 75 Super Detailed Cockpit

What is different about the set is the pilot's seat. Cutting Edge makes two versions of this cockpit set, one with the seatbelts and harnesses molded onto the seat, and one without the molded-on belts/harnesses, instead portraying these with a rubberized material that permits posing the seatbelts and harnesses as you'd like. This set provides the separate posable belts and harnesses while set CED32145 provided the other option. The choice is yours. With these, you can show the harnesses properly stowed or flung outside of the aircraft (or something in-between).

This is a nicely done correction for the Trumpeter kit's shallow cockpit and will help you render a stunning early Hawk/Warhawk.

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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