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F-22A Raptor Cockpit Update

Legend Productions 1/48 F-22A Raptor Cockpit Update Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2009 Manufacturer Legend Productions
Subject F-22A Raptor Cockpit Update Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number LF4044 (8 parts) Media Resin
Pros Excellent enhancement for the Academy kit Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) Around $14.00

First Look

F-22A Raptor Cockpit Update
F-22A Raptor Cockpit Update

When I had the pleasure of reviewing Academy's new 1/48 F-22A Raptor kit, I was impressed with most aspects of this new-tool kit. At the time, I didn't consider the cockpit one of the weaker areas, though it is a little soft on detail, particularly around the multifunction displays on the instrument panel.

What was a bit surprising was that the kit was no sooner released and there are not one, but two different aftermarket cockpit detail sets available for the Academy kit. Let's take a look at one:

Legend released this superdetail set which consists of eight parts cast in tan resin. The set includes a nicely rendered cockpit tub, new instrument panel section, new ejection seat, and even the canopy lift.

The casting in this set is nicely done with no bubbles or other problems apparent in my set. This set isn't overly complex as is the other detail set, but it does require a bit of surgery around the canopy sill to install the new instrument panel and tub.

This set will definitely make your F-22's front office stand out. If you're looking for a detail set that also looks nice but is a bit more detailed (and complex to build), look here.