Eduard are well known for there multi piece pre-coloured instrument panels, but with the arrival of the competition adding drop in one piece all singing and dancing panels, Eduard have followed suit with thier new range called LööK.
In the bag
Packed in a snazzy new look bag with red bordering, the resin LööK instrument panel is glued in a couple of places to a cardboard backing sheet along with a pre-coloured photo etch set for the harness.
The panel is made of resin and beautifully painted with the dials nicely reproduced, and near enough legible. Data plates adorn the instrument panel and the bezels are painted in yellows and red.
The dials have a nice gloss shine for the glass effect and does look effective.
The one gripe I have with this panel is its overall look, it looks a little toy like as it has a satin sheen to it, and looks plasticky. A dull coat over the panel and a little dry brushing should help.
The dull coat would need to be brushed on, so you don't matt coat the glass dials.
The steel harness supplied is made up of 6 parts, and is pre-coloured.
A little bending is needed to install it.
The shoulder straps are made up of two parts, and the buckles need bending in two places on each shoulder harness.
The lap belts are made up of two parts each, and one buckle needs bending on each.
The instructions are on a slip of paper with the build, as much as there is of one, taking place over two stages.
The first stage is gluing the two instrument panels together. This looks pretty easy to do as there is mating points on the top and bottom panels to help align them.
The second part of the build concerns the harness and its placement on the seat.
A handy guide to the mating points on the seat and cockpit are shown with the gluing points highlighted in blue.
Although it looks a little toy like, I feel if given a bit of dry brushing with a lighter colour, this will really pop the details out. Likewise a brushed on coat of matt varnish will really help get rid of the plastic look.
Adding a pre-painted harness to this set adds greatly and does take it slightly above its competitors in the instrument panel stakes.
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Highs: Drop in replacement for the Hasegawa 190. A nice touch too add the harness in the set.Lows: Looks a little toy like.Verdict: See main text
About Andy Brazier (betheyn) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM
I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...