Tempest Mk. V - Instrument Panel and Harness

Published: April 14th, 2019     
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Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 644006

The "LooK" instrument panels sets are a welcome addition to the ever expanding offerings from Eduard. They provide the modeler with a ready to use panel. To compliment these, they are accompanied by a set of steel pre-painted seat belts. These two items will really set a cockpit apart and take it to the next level from the standard kit parts.

When the IPMS offered Eduard's latest releases for review, I requested the Tempest Mk V along with this set. My intention was to use the LooK instrument panel and seat belts.

The Tempest kit was the ProfiPACK that included a color photo etch (PE) instrument panel.

Eduard's new PE instrument panels come complete with clear gloss over the instruments. No more having to carefully add tiny clear gloss drops to simulate glass instrument lenses. The LooK instrument panel likewise includes clear "glass" over the instruments.

I found the LooK panel, while very, very nice and more than up to the job, was a little simplistic compared to the P E panels provided in the Tempest kit. The instrument dial markings and needles were painted a little thicker, and the panel had less stencil and switch detail than the photo etch parts. After much deliberation, I used the PE instrument panel in my cockpit. I will use the LooK panel in a future Tempest build.

In the end when the fuselage is closed up not much can be seen in the cockpit with the naked eye, so the LooK panel would have been absolutely fine.

The steel seat belts were used in my build. The pliable steel makes it easy to fold them over the seat where necessary, resulting in a great looking seat and harness. They were glued in place with super glue.

Thank you to Eduard and the IPMS for the opportunity to review this nice set.

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