Mike Grant Decals | CKP-032: 1/32 Cockpit Details

Reviewed by Chris Sherland

Detailing the cockpit of a 1/32 aircraft can be daunting, especially if the kit, or even the aftermarket sets don't include decent or detailed instruments and or maintenance placards. It only takes one peek into a WWII fighter plane's cockpit to see that these are very dominant items.

While not a "new" product, Mike Grant's Cockpit Details sheet is nothing short of classic and represents a "critical" item for the spares box. It gives the modeler crisp clear and detailed "generic" instruments and maintenance placard decals in various sizes. The sheet is ALPS printed, and while this brings real detail and crispness to the sheet, it comes at a small expense. ALPS decals are printed on a full sheet carrier layer. This means that under water, the ENTIRE sheet will loosen. Each individual decal must be trimmed as close to the image as possible for the best results. A sharp hobby knife will do the trick, but a punch and die set makes this job a lot easier. The ALPS system also produces decals that are slightly less robust than the Microscale type, thus some gentle handling is required.

With average modeling skills, excellent results can be achieved.

Mike Grant decals are available from his website: http://www.mikegrantdecals.com/.

© Chris Sherland 2006

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This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016