In my previous review of accessories for the Wildcat, I checked out the comprehensive Brassin-Print replacement set: https://aeroscale.net/news/f4f-3-cockpit-w-reflector-gun-sight-print
But it's worth remembering that the standard kit cockpit is already very good; this is it in its basic form without any added photo-etch etc:
So, Eduard have released a new SPACE set of 3D decals for modellers who want to keep the bulk of the standard cockpit, but still give it a very effective boost.
The upgrade arrives in a simple re-sealable clear envelope and comprises a sheet of 3D decals and a fret of etched accessories.
The 3D decals provide a new instrument panel, plus details for the side and central consoles and document holders for the cockpit sides. Add to that the etched fret with its seat harness plus a backing plate for one of the document holders. The new instrument panel and consoles look excellent, with pin-sharp printing and recessed bezels which are glazed for a realistic effect.
I'll caution now when looking at the accompanying photos - high resolution shots never seem to do these sets any favours. They accentuate a speckled effect, but the appearance to the naked eye is really impressive, and the detail definitely defies the best that any hand-painting could achieve.
Completing the set is a sheet of clear instructions showing where a bit of minor surgery is required shaving off raised details on the kit parts - basically the same as you would do with a photoetched set. The work isn't overly complicated, so this would be a suitable choice for anyone wanting to try a cockpit upgrade for the first time.
3D decals have rapidly become established as a very effective alternative to earlier forms of detail upgrades, and Eduard's new set for the Wildcat is beautifully produced. If you've already got the Profi-PACK Wildcat, you'll probably be more than satisfied with the colour photo-etched details already included, but where the SPACE set will come into its own is for use with Weekend Editions or Oversprues. Here it will offer a straightforward and very worthwhile boost to the styrene "office".
Item #48076 is available now from Eduard - Price: £8.38
Many thanks to Eduard for the review sample.
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