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Bf 109 K-4 Cockpit

Eduard PRINT , 1/48 scale


S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number

Eduard PRINT Item No. 648904 - Bf 109 K-4 Cockpit

Contents and media

18 pieces in grey resin; one coloured, photo-etched fret; one decal sheet; one clear printed acetate sheet; instructions.

Scale

1/48

Price:

Available directly from Eduard for $US39.95 plus shipping

Review Type

First Look

Advantages:

High quality printed resin parts, exquisite detail; useful options; straightfoward assembly.

Disadvantages:

None noted.

Conclusion:

Eduard's BRASSIN cockpit will be a luxurious jewel in the crown of Eduard's new-tool 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4. Detail is exquisite and it will be a pleasure to assemble and paint. If you like detail, you'll love this cockpit! Highly Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Eduard has released a number of related accessories in their BRASSIN range in conjunction with its new-tool 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4 Late Series as reviewed on HyperScale last year.

One of these is a replacement cockpit.

The kit cockpit is very good, with sidewall detail moulded to the insides of the fuselage and colour photo-etched parts supplied for the instrument panel and harness straps. However, Eduard's BRASSIN cockpit really kicks it up a notch.

Eduard's BRASSIN 1/48 scale Bf 109 G-6 cockpit comprises 18 3d printed pieces in grey resin, one photo-etched fret, one decal sheet, one clear acetate sheet, plus instructions.

Printing quality is perfect on my sample. Cleanup is fairly straightforward as most parts are printed on fine resin strips, so a sharp knife and a swipe with a sanding stick will be all that is required.

 

 

The seat tub, breech covers and the cockpit tub are all impressive. The seat and covers may be removed with a razor saw, and I spent a few minutes with sprue cutters, a knife and a razor saw to free the main cockpit part.

 

 

Alternative parts are supplied for the instrument panel (flat for the colour photo-etch or raised with a decal for instrument detail).

Colour photo-etched parts are supplied for the instrument panel, the harness straps and details.

 

 

With the parts removed from their strips, assembly is very straightforward.

 

 

Moulded-on sidewall detail needs to be removed from the inside of the fuselage halves before the cockpit can be installed.

I started off by grinding off the raised plastic detail with a cutting wheel fited to my Dremel motor tool, followed by scraping with a hobby knife and finally sanding with a coarse sanding stick.

 

 

Painting is the fun part. For my cockpit, I used a base coat of Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey, then dry-brushed with a paler shade of grey, followed by a mix of Future Floor Polish, water and a few spots of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black as an overall wash. This thin wash clings to the edges of details and settles in recesses to create a nice shadow effect.

Details were picked out with Vallejo acrylics and a fine brush.

Test-fitting suggests that installation should be trouble free.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Eduard's BRASSIN cockpit will be a luxurious jewel in the crown of Eduard's new-tool 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4.

Detail is exquisite and it is a pleasure to assemble and paint.

If you like detail, you'll love this cockpit!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Eduard for the samples and images.


Review Text Copyright 2024 by Brett Green
Page Created 22 May, 2024
Last updated 22 May, 2024

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