Cockpit Detail Sets for HK Models 1/32 Avro Lancaster
Eduard and Airscale, 1/32 scale
Reviewed by John Miller
Having previously picked up the HK Models 1/32 Lancaster “Nose Art” kit I was looking forward to picking up some aftermarket detail sets to jazz up what is a pretty amazing model right out of the box. I didn’t have to wait long. Both Airscale and Eduard have provided some very nice detail sets that will turn an amazing model into a real head-turner.
Airscale Item No. PE32LANC - Cockpit Detail Set
The Airscale set utilizes brass photo-etch frets that will require painting and detailing. Instrument faces are provided as decals that are covered with a clear acetate sheet (to provide the “glass” look) thence sandwiched between PE parts.
The PE is beautifully rendered with details provided in relief and the instrument face decals are crisply printed.
The small instruction book includes multiple color photographs of a Lanc panel along with a detailed description of some of the controls; very nice.
Eduard Item No. 32938 - Color Photo-Etch Cockpit Set
The Eduard set is all we’ve come to expect from this top-notch company. The colored components are crisply painted and rely on the familiar sandwiching technique that utilizes PE instrument faces over-layed with a colored panel piece complete with individual colored bezels.
The “glass” look can be obtained by placing drops of 5-Minute Epoxy onto the individual instrument faces (my fave) but there are many other techniques that can be used.
In addition to the main panel and multiple accessory panels, a nice array of levers with colored knobs are also provided.
Eduard, Color Photo-Etch Seatbelts (Steel) (#32939)
I think most of us are familiar with Eduard PE belts and how much they add to the average cockpit. I was doubly impressed when Eduard made the switch to their “Steel” line which features increased detail and color fidelity versus their first generation of colored PE belts.
These Lanc seat harnesses live up to expectations and will feature prominently in the completed cockpit.
For ease of preparation and use, the Eduard main panel set is the way I’m going to roll. I base this, in large part, on my shaky abilities with a conventional paint brush. My weakness with a brush makes painting and detailing the Airscale PE a chore beyond my abilities. Those with some talent will get much more from what the Airscale set provides.
Either way, Eduard or Airscale; once installed into the HK Models Lanc, the result will be stunning. I’m looking forward to seeing one of these at a show!
Now go paint something!
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