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  1. B-24 Instrument Panel Upgrade (PE32 LIB for Hobby Boss) 1:32 Airscale You'll probably all have heard of Airscale and their product range to help modellers that like to detail their cockpits in the shape of instrument dial decals, Photo-Etch (PE) parts and so forth, and if you've ever seen Peter's work, you'll also know that he's a perfectionist who always seems to be happy, which is a nice combination. The set arrives in a ziplok bag with a card insert in the front, instructions on the back, a fret of thick gauge Photo-Etch (PE) brass with a nickel plating, a sheet of instrument decals on a black background covered in a sheet of translucent protective paper. There is also a small sheet of transparent acetate for you to add actual lenses if you're so minded. Each decal is printed with an individual carrier film, but cutting them closely is recommended to remove as much of the clear overhang as possible in order to ease fitting the decal onto its backing. The main panel is built up in order (back to front) from the featureless backing piece, the decal sheet the optional clear acetate glazing, then the front heavily etched panel, which has bezels, fasteners and recesses etched in for realism. On top of this are placed the steering column panels, and the Direction Finding, Throttle Quadrant and Oxygen sub-panels are all built up in the same way. You will need to trim the acetate (if using it) to accept the kit knobs and levers, and of course the throttle quadrant won't need any acetate, but it will require your attention due to the forest of levers sprouting from the grooves. The decals are printed by our friends at Fantasy Printshop, so quality, registration, colour density and sharpness are all good. Conclusion I've used Peter's decals a number of times over the years, and they're brilliant. Although it's a drop-in replacement for the kit panel, the set will take some effort to put together, and careful painting is a must, with a completed example shown on the rear of the instructions to prove that Peter uses his own products. You'll also find painting guidance notes under that picture, which is great news. Is the effort worth it? Absolutely and unequivocally yes! Extremely highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Peter at
  2. Luftwaffe Instrument Dial Decals 1:48, 1:32 & 1:24 Airscale You'll probably all have heard of Airscale and their product range to help modellers that like to detail their cockpits in the shape of instrument dial decals, Photo-Etch (PE) parts and so forth, and if you've ever seen Peter's work, you'll also know that he's a perfectionist who always seems to be happy, which is a nice combination. These new sets contain the same dial decals, in the three different scales where you can actually see instruments! There are plenty of kits in each of these scales, and as you go up to 1:24, some of the kits are quite long in the tooth and will benefit enormously from some detailed dials in the cockpit. Each set arrives in an almost identical ziplok bag with a card insert in the front, instructions on the back, and a sheet of decals behind them, covered in a sheet of translucent protective paper. There is also a small sheet of transparent acetate for you to punch out lenses if you're so minded. Each decal is printed with an individual carrier film, but cutting or punching them closely is recommended to remove as much of the clear overhang as possible in order to ease fitting the decal into its recess. The instruments portrayed are as follows: The coloured borders to some of the dials are provided as separate parts for ease of application, and these also have no carrier film in the middle, as you would hope. The decals are printed by our friends at Fantasy Printshop, so quality, registration, colour density and sharpness are all good. The example picture below shows the 1:24 sheet, but each of the other scales contains the same decals on a consecutively smaller sheet for obvious reasons. Conclusion I've used Peter's decals a number of times over the years, and they're brilliant. You don't necessarily need them for every model you build, but when you do, they're an absolute boon and have ended many a frustration for me in the past. Extremely highly recommended. 1:48 (AS48 GER) 1:32 (AS32 GER) 1:24 (AS24 GER) Review sample courtesy of Peter at
  3. Avro Lancaster Instrument Panel Upgrade Airscale 1:32 In preparation for the release of the huge HK Models Lancaster, we have Airscale providing a replacement instrument panel, which includes each individual panel, levers and shrouds for the throttle quadrant and a set of decals, and knowing Peter's penchant for detail, highly accurate. There are also two small sheets of acetate with exceptional optical quality. The etched steel parts should be painted and finished off to the modellers taste before assembly can begin. For the main instrument panel, engineers panel, navigators and circuit breaker panel the clear acetate sheets should be cut to size, using the panels as a template, the gluing the acetate to the rear of he panel followed by the decal, ensuring the instruments align with the positions on the front of the panel, the etched backing plate is then glued into position completing the assembly. Some of the instrument decals are for the front face of the panels such as the switch covers. For the throttle quadrant, you will need to make slots in the kit part before adding the various levers. The shrouds should be removed from the sheet separately in order to fit the correct to the correct position on the quadrant as there are left and right shrouds in addition to the main shroud for the throttle levers. Conclusion Peter's decal panels and Photo-Etched (PE) instrument bezels have rapidly gained a reputation for quality within our hobby, and Fantasy Printshop have done another fine job of printing his work. The big Lancaster will be a labour of love with as much detail as possible by most modellers who buy it and what better place to start than the cockpit. When I talked to Peter at Telford, he assured me this set will also fit the newly announced 1:32 Lancaster from Wingnut Wings. Review sample courtesy of Peter at
  4. Modern Jet Cockpit Instruments and Upgrades 1:32 Airscale Airscale have recently been expanding their range of cockpit details and bezels with some superbly crafted products. Peter has recently sent us four sets to review, three in 1:32 and one in 1:48. The Jet Detail and Upgrade sets contain the same parts si I will only write about them as one, the other two sets a small departure to Airscale, in that they aren’t etched brass, but sets of decals. The Jet Detail and Upgrade sets, (PE32 MOD and PE48 MOD) contains a single sheet of relief etched brass filled with a myriad of different items found in the modern jet. These include:- Martin Baker Mk7 ejection seat handle ACES II ejection seat handle Martin Baker Mk5 ejection seat handle ACES II ejection seat handle VS1 ejection seat handle ACES II ejection seat handle Martin Baker manual override handle Martin Baker Mk5/7 ejection seat handle Assorted cover plates/placard bases Up Front Control Display Pilots fault display Assorted console switch panels Assorted AoA/Fuel/VSI bezels Canopy Mirrors Temperature and Pressure bezels Airspeed and altitude bezels Horizontal situation indicators Attitude Director Indicators Magnetic compasses Altimeters 6x5 Colour multifunction displays 6x5 Colour multifunction display indicator Combined radar projected map display Landscape, MFD/MFCD/MPCD 6x6 Multi-function display 5x5 Multi-function display 4x4 Multi-function display 5x5 Multi-purpose display indicator 5x5 Multi-purpose display repeater 4x4 multi-purpose colour display 1:32 1:48 The Modern Cockpit Instruments (AS32 HAC) contains a single decal sheet, printed by Fantasy Printshop, which is filled with the various instruments and screens found in modern jet aircraft. Unlike similar sets from other manufacturers, the decals are not on a single layer of carrier film, meaning that you won’t have to laboriously cut out the individual instruments to use. Whilst the majority of instruments are marked up, the MFD display screens are generic and you may choose whichever fits your cockpit best. To help with the look, there is a small clear styrene sheet included to represent the glass in front of the instrument. The list of instruments include:- US attitude director indicators EU attitude director indicators US horizontal situation indicators EU horizontal situation indicators US altimeters EU altimeters Exhaust nozzle position indicator EU airspeed indicators US airspeed indicators EU fuel turbine inlet temperature US fuel turbine inlet temperature RPM indicators AoA indicator round EPU fuel Oxygen Vertical velocity indicator round Fuel quantity AoA indicator Electrical vertical Vertical velocity indicator vertical Round radar screens MFD screens with bezels MFD screen displays The Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals (AS32 DAN) also contains a single decal sheet, this time filled with the various placards and hazard labels. As with the instrument decal sheet the decals are on separate carrier film pads. Whilst most of the placards can be use direct from the sheet, the hazard markings are printed in squares and will need to be cut to size. These are used in areas such as weapon arming, seat belt handles etc. The other placards include:- Console labels Ejection seat warning signs Ejection seat hazard warnings Specific warnings Dataplates Whilst the labels are not legible to the naked eye, they do give a good impression and make the cockpit a suitably busy air. Conclusion I just love the bezels and fittings that these sets provide. The addition of the decals sets is a much needed bonus, particularly for modellers on this side of the Atlantic, making them easily accessible. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Peter at
  5. Hi everyone I know I know another Airfix Typhoon. I seem to have lost my way with my Eduard Spitfire build and I want something new to occupy me over the up coming months (The Spitfire has been packed away nice n safe and she will get finished). OK First up I needed to clear some space in my work shop. Before... And after.. I doesn't look it but I've managed to clear quite a lot of stuff out of the way (18 kits are now safely in the attic). I intend this buils to be my one big one for the year so it wont be quick but I'll post updates as I go along. I intend it to be pretty much OOB however if I think stuff can be added or that some after market would benefit the build I will add it. Have a great weekend Yours aye Iain
  6. Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB Instrument Decals 1:24 Airscale Quite literally hot on the heels of the release of this large scale monster from Airfix, we have Airscale providing a replacement set of decals for the instrument panel, which are printed in full colour, and knowing Peter's penchant for detail, highly accurate. It isn't just a replacement for the kit panel's decals, but also includes a substantial number of tiny placards that are dotted around the instrument panel, side consoles and on the cockpit sidewalls, making for a total of 61 decals on the sheet, and a small sheet of acetate with exceptional optical quality. Application can take one of two routes, one of which involves applying the decals to a completed panel, with the decals placed on top of the clear part that represents the instrument glass on the kit. You will need to give them a gloss coat to seal them and make them shine, but that should be the least time consuming aspect of the build. The other option is to discard the kit's clear part, thin the kit panel from behind, and laminate it with a couple of pieces of the clear acetate, then place the three large decals on a backdrop piece made from sheet styrene. It's a more labour intensive approach, but should yield a good three dimensional look to the bezels and instrument glazing. Whichever route you choose, the quality of the decals will improve the realism of your instrument panel, and all those placards and stencils will make your cockpit stand out from the crowd (unless everyone buys a set!). Conclusion Peter's decal panels and Photo-Etched (PE) instrument bezels have rapidly gained a reputation for quality within our hobby, and Fantasy Printshop have done another fine job of printing his work. A 1:24 Typhoon Mk.IB is not a kit to lash together over a weekend, and the focal point of many a viewer deserves some attention lavished on it. Very highly recommended. Please click on the link below to visit the shop - at time of writing the set wasn't listed in the shop Review sample courtesy of Peter at
  7. Was'on For my next build I will be tackling Hasegawa's Hawker Typhoon. First order of business was to remove the cockpit coaming as per the Barracuda resin instructions... Before I started this build I was aware of fit issues with the cockpit inserts and after a search of the internet it became apparent that the easiest way of correcting the problem was to glue the inserts to the fuselage sides ensuring that you have a good fit, this will however leave a gap between the fuselage half's that will need filling... Well that's all I've managed this evening. See you dreckly Yours aye Iain
  8. Cockpit Instrument Bezels and Details 1:24 Airscale Airscale have recently been expanding their range of cockpit details and bezels with some superbly crafted products. The two sets reviewed here are the latest in the line. Produced in 1:24 scale, they will compliment Airscales instrument decals perfectly and will be a very useful resource, particularly for modellers who scratch build, but also for those who really like to go to town with detail. There are up to four of each type on the sheet and are well marked up on the included “Pilots Notes” showing where each bezel is on the sheet and their usage. The Cockpit Instrument Bezels set, (PE24 BEZ) contains a single sheet of relief etched brass filled with a myriad of different bezels for aircraft used in WWI, through WWII and Twentieth Century jets. These include:- US Altimeter US Turn and Bank US Compass WW1 Allied RPM RAF Voltmeter US Artificial Horizon US Altimeter US Fuel/Oil RAF Pressure RAF Airpseed US Pressure Luftwaffe Climb/Descend Luftwaffe Fuel/Oil Luftwaffe Switch Luftwaffe Compass RAF Pressure RAF RPM Luftwaffe Artificial Horizon (Type 2) Luftwaffe Artificial Horizon (Type 3) Luftwaffe Artificial Horizon (Type 1) WW1 Allied Altimeter WW1 German Altimeter WW1 Airspeed WW1 German Altimeter Luftwaffe Altimeter Luftwaffe Airspeed Luftwaffe Temperature Luftwaffe Compass Luftwaffe Undercarriage US Single and Switches RAF Dual Various Luftwaffe Dual Various RAF Triple Various US Triple Various US Dual Various US Single Various Luftwaffe Dual Various RAF Single Various Luftwaffe Dual Various The Cockpit Details Set (PE24 DET) has a similar sized sheet to the previous set but contains a lot of the miscellaneous items found in cockpits, such as switches, dial knobs, levers, circuit breakers and electrical components. RAF and Luftwaffe radio faces are also included. The list of details include:- Fusebox Cover Circuit Terminus Power Distribution Cover Structural Brace Electrical Plug Cover Frequency Switch Relay Cover Switch Radial Switch Radio Relay Radar Jamming Switch Push Button Mount Circuit Breaker Control Armament Switch Radio Frequency Controller Fuse Panel Selector Switch Trailing Aerial Switch Electrical Cover Fusebox Cover Voltmeter Cover Indicator Pressure Gauge Cover Radio Control Electrical Control Oxygen Control Antenna Control FuG HF/MF Transmitters Mounting Electrical Control Panel Weapons Control Panel Cannon Control Tuning Knobs Turn Switch Handles On/Off Switches Selector Handles Switch Cover Dial Selector Switch Rotating Switch Handles Switch Panel (5) Switch Panel (4) Switch Panel (3) Radio Control Switches Undercarriage Selector Headset Controller Weapons Controller FuG HF/MF Receiver R1155 LF/HF Receiver R1155 Tuning Knob Assorted Control Levers Mounting Brackets Conclusion These sets are both superbly produced and extremely useful to super detail any 1:24 cockpit and when used in conjunction with Airscales instrument decals they will bring a cockpit alive. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Peter at
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