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F4U-1A Cockpit

Eduard Brassin 1/32 F4U-1A Cockpit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2015 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject F4U-1A Cockpit Scale 1/32
Kit Number 632053 Media Resin, Photo-Etch
Pros Exquisitely detailed cockpit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $54.95

First Look

Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details. Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwise bland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch or two with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic.

F4U-1A Cockpit

F4U-1A Cockpit

Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, but they'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up with a new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin. Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of color photo-etch as well.

In this release, Eduard provides this exquisite cockpit for the Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair kit. Cast in gray resin, this set literally replaces any cockpit parts provided in the kit and renders some beautiful detail for the interior fuselage structures visible within the cavernous Corsair cockpit. While the set might look intimidating at first blush, assembly and painting of this beauty is very straightforward thanks to the well-illustrated instructions. The only modifications needed to the kit require the molded-on ribs and stringers to be removed to install this work of art. The set also includes two frets of photo-etched parts to give the modeler a choice of resin or photo-etched instrument panels as well as color-printed photo-etch for the pilot restraints.

The Tamiya kit is nicely done straight out of the box, but this set will significantly enhance the details inside the cockpit and will definitely please the AMS modeler.

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!