SBS Model have released the latest in their excellent range of cockpit upgrades in the shape of a beautifully detailed "office" for Hasegawa's 1:48 Macchi C.202.
The set follows SBS Model's now established formula with a core of resin parts backed up by a brass fret and accompanying film. Everything arrives in a tough and attractive little end-opening box, with the parts further protected in zip-lock bags. The upgrade comprises:
10 x resin parts
23 x brass parts
1 x printed film for the instrument faces
The detail on the resin parts is quite superb and the casting on the review sample is flawless. Obviously the set shares a lot in common with SBS Model's earlier Velto cockpit, but there are subtle differences, particularly on the sidewalls which match my reference photos very well.
The one-piece floor features an elaborate tubular mount for the pilots seat, and is further detailed with separate heel plates (brass), a new control column and seat levers, plus the only part to survive from Hasegawa's original cockpit - the rudder bar.
The instrument panel, which is a multi-layer affair with a resin backing part, films for the instruments and finally etched fascias. The etched parts also provide a trim wheel, switches and levers to dot around the cockpit for a nice busy appearance, plus new rear armour onto which attach brass straps for the top of pilot's harness. The latter are a little unusual to modellers unused to SBS Model's style, because they join onto a nicely modelled harness cast onto the seat itself. This split approach works well for me, because the integral seat belts are finely detailed and realistically draped - all they need are careful painting.
The assembly diagrams are clearly drawn and break the construction down into 7 stages. The cockpit looks quite straightforward for anyone with a little experience of mixed-media upgrades. When it comes to colours, the instructions are very helpful with a painting guide for every part, complete with FS matches for the overall colours.
SBS Model's Macchi C.202 cockpit is a real little gem. The parts are a massive improvement over Hasegawa's originals and the set is thoroughly recommended to breathe new life into the quarterscale Folgore.
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Highs: Superbly detailed and cast resin parts backed up by an etched brass fret. Lows:Verdict: SBS Model's Folgore cockpit is a massive improvement over the original Hasegawa parts and is highly recommended to modellers with a little experience with resin and etched parts.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...