In-Box Review
SM-79 Instrument Panel
Photo Etched and Acetate Instrument Panel designed for the Italeri kit
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by: Tim Hatton [ LITESPEED ]

I have always liked this Tri motor built by Savoia-Marchetti particularly with the markings from Spanish Civil War. So I was very pleased to see this release from Modell-Hobby for the pilots instruments.


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 seven piece instrument panel with some excellent low relief detail and certainly beats the crude looking plastic instrument panel in the kit. The surrounds of the individual instrument looks very impressive. 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. There are four separate groups of instruments that fit onto a photo etched panel. What looks like a separate throttle gate is included for the tri motors, although there are no levers as such.
There are four groups of instruments printed on the clear acetate, including 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 instructions on the back of the packaging looks a little bewildering at first, but once studied for a few moments, everything is pretty clear. 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.


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. The instruments for the "Gobbo Maleditto" certainly do look very good
Nicely done Model-Hobby.
Highs: The low relief detail is just right. The printing on the instrument dials is very well done. hard to believe this is 1/72 scale.
Lows: Maybe a little more detail with the paint guide.
Verdict: This will certainly enhance the look of the office of the Italeri kit. Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: MH0004
  Suggested Retail: 2.40 from Hannants
  PUBLISHED: May 16, 2012

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