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TBD Devastator Cockpit Interior Set

White Ensign Models 1/72 TBD Devastator Cockpit Interior Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2005 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject TBD Devastator Cockpit Interior Set Scale 1/72
Kit Number PE7218 Primary Media Photo-Etch
Pros Exquisite detail Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (BP) £5.06 (+VAT)

First Look

TBD Devastator Cockpit Interior Set

White Ensign Models continues to expand its product lines into broader areas and this detail set is no exception. While remaining within the Naval theme of their business, they're pushing into 1/72 naval aircraft with their photo-etch detail sets. This latest release is designed to dress up the Airfix 1/72 TBD Devastator kit. This is actually one of two detail sets for the Devastator kit.

This detail set has you carefully remove all of the cockpit interior parts from the kit, then throw them in the dust bin. This set doesn't enhance the kit cockpit, it replaces the cockpit.

You'll notice in the image to the right that the top part in the set is a full-length interior floor, forward firewall, rear bulkhead, and gunner's well. The forward and middle cockpits are divided by a photo-etched bulkhead with rollover pylon. Both cockpits include a beautiful srew seats and frame supports, pilot's instrument panel, side consoles, rudder pedals, throttle quadrant, and even seat belt/shoulder harnesses. It looks like you'll need to keep the kit's control stick, so don't toss out that one part please!

The rear gunner's well is no less detailed. This set provides a DF loop between the center cockpit and rear gunner, rear-crewman's seat, and machine gun ring.

The instructions provide good references for parts assembly and placement, plus some useful notes for colors and references to point the modeler in the right direction.

This set is designed to work with White Ensign Models' Detail Set PE7210 - Exterior Detail Set.

As you can see in the photo, the detail set is not complex, but it is thorough and will turn the inside of the 1/72 TBD Devastator into a scale replica with detail that rivals many 1/48 scale kits. This set is definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!