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Su-25 Frogfoot Interior 3D Decal (QD48249 for Zvezda) 1:48


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Su-25 Frogfoot interior 3D Decal (QD48249 for Zvezda)

1:48 Quinta Studios

 

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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 ziplok 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.

 

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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.

 

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This set is patterned for the new Zvezda Su-25 Frogfoot that has just reached the market.  The set comprises two sheets of decals, containing a pair of sidewalls with additional parts added to give it more relief, and here the first instruction step shows you how to create the stand-off parts own backing by soaking the decal paper in super glue (CA) and cutting it to size.  A pair of decals are joined back-to-back and set in the corner of the windscreen with another flat decal just under it, then the instrument panel, side consoles and the rear bulkhead are glued in place with a number of additional levers and decals added along the way.  The seat needs a little ground off one part and the corners built up with some filler, and the cushion ground off the headbox before the cushion decals, seatbelts, leg-restraints and stencils are added to create a highly realistic-looking seat.  The base of the HUD is given a decal front and the projection lens is depicted by a green disc that appears to glow green, and the rudder pedals receive textured surfaces.

 

This is a review for the complete set, but the set is also available as the instrument panels only, and the seat and other cockpit details, as you can see from the links below.

 

 

Conclusion

The detail on the parts is incredible as is usual with Quinta products, 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, which the kit supplies along with an access ladder.

 

Very highly recommended.

 

Full Set (QD48249)

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Small Set (QDS-48249)

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Additional Set (QDS-48249toQD48249)

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