If you are planning to build the Airfix Spitfire Mk. XIV, Eduard does produce a very attractive instrument panel for this kit in Eduard Löök product line. This set comes with one resin part that is cast in black resin and then painted using Eduard’s specialized production process. Eduard has also included their pre-painted STEEL set for the Spitfire Mk. XIV shoulder harnesses and lap belts.
The resin part is a fully three-dimensional casting with appropriately raised instrument bezels, switches, knobs, and other details such as individual yellow and red instrument bezels. It is designed to drop into the kit. The precision-painted instrument dial faces are the real highlight. Consulting my Spitfire references, each dial looks well represented, and you can visually identify and distinguish between the compass, altimeter, airspeed indicator, and so forth. Then, Eduard dropped in a bit of their distortion-free, self-leveling clear glass treatment (I think it’s a clear gel medium) atop each dial face.
The STEEL photoetched seatbelts set also comes with the Löök instrument panel. As mentioned in previous reviews, these look great and contain details including stitching and even nice some shading/shadow effects.
For the quality and detail that it brings to the table, this great Löök set it is also very well priced. We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/
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