Modell-Hobby has released a neat looking instrument panel for the Revell 1/72 Halifax. The photo etched instrument panel is made up from two parts. The single acetate piece has two instrument faces printed on it.
Inside the small resealable bag is:
-1 x small photo etched fret.
-1 x small printed acetate sheet.
-Painting and assembly instructions are located on the back of the packaging.
The small single etched fret contains the two piece instrument panel featuring some excellent low relief detail. I like the look of the very slightly recessed areas around the instruments. The PE instrument panel has holes where the instruments are located. The smaller blind flying panel fits onto the larger panel. The two sets of instruments printed on the single piece of clear acetate have some exquisite dial details. The detail is very sharp and very convincing particularly when held up to the light. A quick alignment of all the parts reveals that the instrument faces and the holes line up perfectly. The painting instructions suggest painting the back of the acetate white so that the clear areas show up more readily. But be careful you paint the correct side. The painting instructions for the photo etched part is adequate, although I would recommend a look at some reference images of the cockpit will to add a bit more interest to the instrument panel. Modell-Hobby suggests painting the instrument panel black.
As you can imagine the parts are very small and they will certainly test your painting skills highlighting the detail. But those lovely printed dials will save you some time and effort. Hopefully you will finish with the sort of detail only master modelers can achieve.
Modell-Hobby has seen a niche for themselves with this simple but highly detailed PE and printed acetate detail set. The sometimes complex Eduard cockpit releases don't appeal to all. This release will certainly attract the modeler that is happy to fit out the cockpit with a well detailed instrument panel and is not too bothered about fully detailing the cockpit.
Nicely produced instrument panel Model-Hobby.
Highs: The low relief detail on the two part instrument panel is just right; the detail looks very cleanly etched. The printing on the instrument dials is very well done.Lows: Maybe a little more detail with the paint guide.Verdict: This will certainly enhance the look of the office of the Revell Halifax. Highly recommended.
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