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F4U-1D & F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair Interior 3D Decals (for Tamiya & Hobby Boss) 1:48 Quinta Studio When Quinta’s innovative products first came to our attention, they caused quite a stir, as well they should. The replacement Instrument Panels and internal details are mind-boggling to look at, because we’re used to seeing simplified styrene instrument panels, or Photo-Etch Brass panels with either two layers of etch, or laminated parts that can be tricky to glue together, even though they are pre-painted for your ease. But decals? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill decals though, they’re 3D printed in many layers and colours on a flat carrier film, having as much in the way of elevation as is needed to complete a realistic panel printed in the correct colours, complete with shiny dial faces and metallic-effect hardware, and often including cushions and seat belts in the set. Each set arrives in a Ziploc bag with a folded instruction booklet protecting the decals, which are also separately bagged, so they should reach you in good condition. The pictorial instructions are printed on glossy paper, and are shown in full colour as befits the awesomeness of the sets, showing exactly where each part should go on the actual model, so there’s no confusion due to the “pictures speak a thousand words” maxim. Additional hints and instructions are also included, marking out parts needing bases, kit parts that are used or replaced and other useful tips. The technical instructions in the text-based, giving additional tips to the new user about maximising adhesion and preventing lift at the edges by wicking in super glue. Although you are advised to use Super Glue (CA) to attach the decals to the surface permanently, preparation is much the same as your standard decal, but you will need to remove any raised detail that would be underneath the location depicted in the instructions, and some new parts will need small backing panels or bases on which to apply the decal. A slim piece of sheet styrene would perform that task, and painting the edges a matching colour should minimise its appearance or turn it completely invisible. F4U-1D Corsair (QD48108 for Tamiya) This set is patterned for the Tamiya kit. The set comprises one sheet of decals, containing the instrument panel with additional sub-panels to the sides; side consoles with additional parts for the console walls, including a document folder; equipment and instruments for the cockpit sidewalls; levers and a full set of seatbelts for the pilot’s convenience and safety. F4U-1 Bird-Cage Corsair (QD48126 for Hobby Boss) This set is patterned for the Hobby Boss kit, which could use the help. The set comprises two sheets of decals, containing the instrument panel with additional sub-panels to the sides; side consoles with additional parts for the console walls; equipment and instruments for the cockpit sidewalls; levers and a full set of seatbelts for the pilot’s convenience and safety. Very similar to the other set, so you might be experiencing a bit of déjà vu about now. Conclusion The detail on the parts for both sets is incredible, even down to the infinitesimal switches and impressive crispness of the set. This cockpit really needs a crystal-clear or opened canopy to show off the details. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of