Cobra Company 1/48 OV-1D Mohawk Cockpit Detail Set
|Date of Review||March 2006|
|Subject||OV-1D Mohawk Cockpit Detail Set|
|Pros||Beautiful cockpit detail to go under that huge canopy|
If you haven't visited the Cobra Company website recently, you haven't seen the interesting research (and fun) that Chris Miller has been doing - he has restored a full-scale OV-1 Mohawk nose! So when you look at a resin detail set for the Mohawk cockpit, you'll see that this was a labor of love as well!
This set is designed for the 1/48 scale OV-1D Mohawk kit released by Roden in 2006. The kit is beautiful on the outside and naturally has the bulbous canopies over the cockpit, but the cockpit itself is a little on the spartan side. This detail set doesn't just improve the cockpit - it transforms that front office!
The detail set is molded in tan resin and features some very nice detailing on the parts. The set provides several options for you to replicate the version of the Mohawk you'd like.
The OV-1D was similiar to the OV-1B as it too carried the SLAR pod. Unlike earlier versions of the Mohawk, the OV-1D soldiered on as one of the US Army's sensor platforms until replaced by a new aircraft in 1996.
The kit provides a single set of ejection seats without the seat belts and harnesses molded in place. The cockpit is nicely appointed with a new floor, rear bulkhead, center console, overhead console, instrument panel, sensor pedestal, and all of the other essential details to properly render the OV-1D's front office.
The new nose gear well is completely boxed in to reflect the anti-FOD curtain used to keep rocks, stray cats and debris out of the avionics bay. This provides your nose with some privacy to stash around 40 grams of ballast up front to offset the model's tendency to be a tail sitter, even with this resin cockpit installed!
The instructions are well done and nicely illustrated. There are some good photos of the observer's side of the cockpit from which to do some detailing if you wish.
This set is definitely recommended for the Mohawk modeler and will provide a beautiful front office to sit inside the kits huge canopy. This detail set is available directly from Cobra Company (www.cobracompany.com).
My sincere thanks to Cobra Company (www.cobracompany.com) for this review sample!