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F6F-5 Corrected Cowl

Cutting Edge 1/48 F6F-5 Corrected Cowl First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2004 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject F6F-5 Corrected Cowl Scale 1/48
Kit Number CEC48475 Primary Media Resin
Pros Direct replacement for Hasegawa cowling, accurate intakes, open cowl flaps Cons Resin molding blocks require care for removal
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

While a beautiful kit straight from the box, the Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat kit suffers from an incorrect cowling around the lower intake scoops. In the picture above, the kit cowling is on the left, and you can clearly see the 'shallow lips' compared to the other two F6F cowlings. The cowling on the right is from another aftermarket company and has the correct shape intakes, but the vanes dividing the intakes are not correctly shaped and detailed (something that Hasegawa did get right in their cowling). The cowling in the center is the new Cutting Edge replacement and it has the accurate vanes of the original kit along with the accurate 'lip profile' of the F6F and nicely captured by the cowling on the right.

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In addition, the Cutting Edge cowling is the only one of the lot that poses the cowl flaps in the open position. This is a nicely done correction for the Hasegawa kit and is even worth installing on your Hellcat, even if it is already built!

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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