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Jet Cockpit Upgrade
Jet Cockpit Upgrade - Etched Brass Detail Parts
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Jet Cockpit Upgrade is available in 1:48 and 1:32 scales, with both sets featuring a comprehensive selection of Multi Function Displays, Instrument Bezels, Consoles, Mirrors and Ejection Seat Details (see below for the full list).

The densely packed brass frets are beautifully produced with some exceptionally fine detail. With well over 100 individual items provided in each scale, you have ample to superdetail plenty of builds - and the quality improvement over most kit parts is immediately evident.

Items like the overhead ejection seat firing handles may be a little "one-dimensional" straight from the fret, but can easily be thickened up with paint or PVA.

Of course, the scope of the sets goes way beyond the nominal “Jet” cockpit - many of these parts will be applicable in any subject fitted with modern instruments and avionics. Airscale’s upgrades will be a real boon, whether you’re improving or correcting an existing kit’s “office”, or working totally from scratch.

Each set comes with a simple instruction card giving a useful parts identifier, keying each item to its place on the fret. Both sets include a core selection of items:

Martin Baker Ejection Mk7 Seat Handles
ACES II Ejection Seat Handles
Martin Baker Mk5 Ejection Seat Handles
ACES II Ejection Seat Handles
ACES II Ejection Seat Handles
MB Manual Override Handles
Asstd. Coverplates/ Placard bases
UFCD (Up-Front-Control Display)
UFCD (Up-Front-Control Display)
PFD (Pilot Fault Display)
Asstd. Console Switch Panels
Asstd. AOA / Fuel / Vertical Velocity
Canopy Mirrors
Bezels- Temps & Pressures/ RPM
Bezels- Airspeed & Altitude
HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicator)
ADI (Attitude Director Indicator)
ADI (Attitude Director Indicator)
ADI (Attitude Director Indicator)
Magnetic compasses
Magnetic compasses
Altimeters
HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicators)
ADI (Attitude Director Indicators)
HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicators)
HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicators)
HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicators)
6 x S Colour Multifunction Displays
6 x S Multi-Function Display Indicators
Combined Radar Projected Map Displays
Asstd Display Frames
Landscape CMFD/MFCD/MPCD
6 x 6 Colour Multifunction Displays
S x S Colour Multifunction Displays
4 x 4 Multi-Purpose Colour Displays
S x S Multi-Purpose Display Indicators
5 x 5 Multi-Purpose Display Repeaters
4 x 4 Multi-Purpose Colour Displays

The 1:32 edition adds VS1 Ejection Seat Handles

Both sets are available now direct from Airscale:
PE32 MOD - Price: £13.95
PE48 MOD - Price: £10.95

Conclusion
Airscale’s detail sets have quickly established themselves as “must-have” accessories for superdetailers, and these new additions will prove equally indispensable for anyone building modern subjects. Unreservedly recommended for modellers with some degree of experience.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
SUMMARY
Highs: Great detail and plenty of items for multiple builds.
Lows: None that I've noticed.
Verdict: This is another set from Airscale that will be an essential item in superdetailers' armouries.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  PUBLISHED: Dec 29, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.13%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 96.56%

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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...

Copyright ©2019 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



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Just bumping this to the top of the forum again to make sure no-one misses it. This looks like very interesting material
JAN 04, 2016 - 12:04 AM
   

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