Modell-Hobby has released photo etched instrument panel for the KP 1/72 Spitfire. The release includes an acetate sheet with some very nice looking instruments printed on it.
Inside the small re sealable 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 a two piece instrument panel with some excellent low relief detail. The various switches are nicely represented as well as the surrounds of the individual instrument. There are even minute representations of the screws that hold the instruments to the panel. The PE instrument panel has holes where the instruments are located. The centrally mounted blind flying instrument panel with it's six essential instruments is a separate part. The two 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 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, but I would suggest 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. As you can imagine the parts are very small and they will certainly test your painting skills highlighting the detail.
It's a pity that Modell-Hobby is not more specific about which Spitfire from the KP range this is intended for. KP list the Mk VII, VIII, IX and the XVI. It does look similar to the cockpit of instrument panel of the VII.
Modell-Hobby continue their philosophy of producing simple but highly detailed PE and printed acetate instrument panels. This release will certainly attract the modeler that is happy to fit out the cockpit with a well detailed instrument panel without the complexity of some of the more well known PE producers.
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. Not specific about which Spitfire from the KP range this is intended for.Verdict: This will certainly enhance the look of the office of the KP 1/72 Spitfire. Highly recommended.
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