Although Eduard seem to be dominating the PE market at the moment, Modell-Hobby have started a new line of instrument panels for 1/72 aircraft. Their first release is for the Revell 1/72 MiG 21F-13. Modell-Hobby aim is to keep things simple, but not at the expense of quality.
Inside the small re sealable bag is:
-1 x small photo etched piece.
-1 x small printed acetate sheet.
-Painting and assembly instructions are located on the back of the packaging.
The small single etched fret contains a one piece instrument panel with some excellent low relief detail. I like the look of the very slightly raised areas around the instruments. The various switches and lights are nicely represented. The PE instrument panel has holes where the instruments are located. The single piece of clear acetate has some exquisite printed dial details. The detail is very sharp and very convincing particularly when held up to the light. A quick alignment of the two parts reveals that the instrument faces and the holes line up perfectly. The painting instructions suggest painting the back of the acetate 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, a look at some reference images of the cockpit will certainly add a bit more interest to the instrument panel than the painting guide suggests. The advantage of the unpainted PE part is that you can match the turquoise colour with the rest of the cockpit. As you can imagine the parts are very small and they will certainly test your painting skills highlighting the detail. This release replaces the kits clear plastic instrument panel.
Modell-Hobby have seen a possible 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 to bothered about whether there are straps on the rudder pedals.
Nicely done Model-Hobby.
Highs: The low relief detail is just right. 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 Revells good looking kit of the MiG 21. An excellent debut release. Looking forward to seeing more. Highly recommended.
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