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B-17G Cockpit

True Details 1/48 B-17G Cockpit Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2005 Manufacturer True Details
Subject B-17G Cockpit Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48509 Primary Media Resin
Pros Exquisite casting, drop-in ready for Revell-Monogram kit Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $12.98

First Look

One of the nicer kits in Revell-Monogram's portfolio of kits is their 1/48 scale B-17G Flying Fortress. This model features nice detailing inside and out. But as nice as any kit is, there are always things that could be done better.

B-17G Cockpit

True Details is known for a nice range of very reasonably priced aftermarket cockpits and detail sets that are engineered to be very easy to use. Every now and again, they'll push into the super-detailed realm as they did with their beautiful cockpits for the Roden Gloster Gladiator.

B-17G CockpitIn this release, True Details provides 37 finely cast resin parts that virtually replace the interior of the aircraft's cockpit. These parts provide the pilot's and copilot's stations, the rib and stringer structure on the airframe sides, nicely oxygen bottles, detailed instrument panel with rear structure detail that is visible through the kit's nose, and the requisite floor and bulkhead structures. Even the crawlway to the nose entry hatch and up into the nose is present and well-done.

The nicely illustrated instruction sheet shows the areas to be removed off of each part (i.e. pour stubs), parts assemblies, and painting instructions.

If you have one (or more) Monogram B-17G Flying Fortresses in your collection, or have been wanting an excuse to buy and build one, this detail set will provide you some very realistic detail to see through the nose and windows.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!

Don't forget to visit the in-depth photo walk around of the B-17G here.