Cutting Edge Modelworks

1/32 P-40B/Hawk 81 Cockpit

Product # CEC32145 for $25.99 for Trumpeter P-40B kit

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Feb 17 2005




This new resin cockpit set from Cutting Edge Modelworks includes one 1/32 P-40B/Hawk 81 Cockpit for the Trumpeter 1/32 P-40B kit.  

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This is a straightforward and much welcomed resin addition to the Trumpeter P-40 model kit.  The kit cockpit is lacking in a few ways as modellers that have this kit will appreciate.  The detail on the kit cockpit  has minimal detail, but the most problematic area is the fact the kit cockpit is too shallow and the cockpit floor only goes down about 2/3 as far as it should.  This cockpit set fixes these nasty problems.  Included in this resin cockpit set is all the goodies that the Cutting Edge Modelworks cockpit sets are well known for.  Two items I appreciate very much are the posable soft vinyl seatbelts and the clear acetate instrument panel insert.  Some modellers prefer to dry brush their resin instruments panels and others prefer to drill out the gauges and glue a clear acetate gauge panel behind the resin instrument panel to get a more accurate effect.  This resin panel has the raised detail for the needles on the gauges if you prefer to go that route.  The posable seatbelts are too cool to believe and Cutting Edge Modelworks has been making these for a little while now.  These special seatbelts will permit the modeller to have the seatbelts hanging anywhere.... ....including outside to the fuselage next to the cockpit.  Behind the seat is lovely detail that will be partly hidden........but you will be able to see some of it and it's good to see it included. 

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The sidepanels are critical to any cockpit set as they are one of the most visible areas.....and this cockpit set delivers all the excellent sidewall detail you want.  The set also includes all the little items such as rudder pedals, control stick  and even a USAAC N-2 Gunsight Bracket for the interior of the windscreen.

Resin casting is of a very high quality and all detail is very well done.  This is a welcome resin item from Cutting Edge Modelworks for the big 1/32 P-40 kit with it's somewhat less than acceptable cockpit detail and cockpit accuracy.

I would like to thank Cutting Edge Modelworks for providing me with this review sample.


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Photos and text by Steve Bamford