Modell-Hobby has released a neat looking instrument panel for the newly released Airfix 1/72 kit of the A6M2 Zero. The single photo etched fret contains parts to make up the instrument panel. The single acetate piece has the two part 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 photo etched fret contains the two part instrument panel featuring some exquisite low relief detail. I like the look of the raised features. The PE instrument panel has holes where the instruments printed on the acetate can be seen. The instruments printed on the single piece of clear acetate have some very well defined dial details. The detail is 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 assembly instructions are very clear and the painting instructions for the photo etched part features an excellent full colour illustration of the instrument panel. Written paint references are in Czech and English.
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.
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. The detail on both the PE fret and acetate sheet is very well done. The improved painting instructions go a long way to help the modeler achieve a more realistic look.
Highs: The low relief detail is just right; the detail looks very cleanly etched. The printing on the instrument dials is very well done. Excellent painting guide.
Lows: None noted.Verdict: This will certainly enhance the look of the cockpit of the Airfix A6M2 Zero. Highly recommended
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