Cutting Edge Modelworks

1/48 F-8D/E/(FN) Super Detailed Cockpit

Product # CEC48418 for $17.99 for Hasegawa kit

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Apr 22 2003




The 1/48 Hasegawa F-8 is the best F-8 kit available.  But unfortunately it suffers in the cockpit from some lack of detail.  This particular detail set permits the modeller to correct that lack of detail.  This cockpit set is rich in detail. 

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This set is quite straight forward but will be a very effective addition to your F-8.  

You are required to remove the sidewall detail from the kit cockpit sidewall below the line where the side panels of the resin cockpit tub meet the kit sidewalls.  You can scrape this detail away with a curved X-Axto knife blade or a Dremel Mini-Mite.  

The F-5 Ejection seat included in this set has molded in seatbelts.  The seat is a flawless and accurate fit into the resin cockpit tub.  You just have to remove the castintg block from the bottom of the seat.   

The "D" ring and "B" pull ejection handles are very delicate and will require a little bit of clean-up....patience and gentle work is the key here to avoid damaging them.

The resin instrument panel gives you the option of painting it up "as is" or sanding away the thin resin backing plate and using the supplied clear acetate gauges panel behind the resin instrument panel.

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The instructions provide all the info you need to fit the set to your Hasegawa F-8 kit.  This set is not designed for the old Monogram if you attempt to fit this set into that are on your own.

You will be using the kit rudder pedals and control stick.

All in all a pretty good set...great detail and darn simple in design.....simple design, but effective detail.  Nice to see resin detail items that are simple to use.

I recommend this set to everyone that has picked up the Hasegawa F-8 kit....this set will be a welcome addition  to the fine Hasegawa kit.

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


Photos and text by Steve Bamford