Red Fox Studios are a new company to me. Based in Hungary, they are a producer of resin upgrades and decals, including a range of 3D instrument panel decals, of which this review item is one.
Designed for the Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18C Hornet kit, this product has a plastic, non-flat surface with a 3D effect. It is best glued with cyanoacrylate, but PVA or other glues can also be used. The product can be washed with both oil-based and acrylic paints. It can also be minimally bent or sanded.
Having started the kit, I first painted and decaled the pilot’s cockpit using the kit-provided decals. I used setting solution to help these settle over the kit’s nicely-moulded in detail. These looked OK and would have been perfectly suitable under a closed canopy.
After removing the kit decals and the raised details, I added the Red Fox decals, ten in all for separate areas of the instrument panel and side consoles. These did not require water to remove them from the backing paper, just a sharp knife tip, and I simply added a touch of CA glue to the appropriate spot then added the decal on top. Compared to the kit decals and detail, the new 3D decals give a much better impression of depth, and were also more detailed regarding switches and buttons.
A nice product that definitely enhances the kit, and at a reasonable price. Red Fox Studios products including this one can be bought directly from the manufacturer, or are exclusively distributed by Ammo by MIG. My thanks to Red Fox Studios for the review sample.
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