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Tempest Mk.V LööK
Tempest Mk.V LööK - Instrument Panel & Seatbelts
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

A new addition to Eduard's LööK range comes in the shape of an instrument panel and seat harness for their new 1:48 Hawker Tempest.

The set comprises an instrument panel which is cast in black resin and features pre-painted instrument faces which are also "glazed" with varnish, plus colour photo-etched seatbelts.

The resin panel and etched fret arrive glued firmly to a cardboard backing. And by firmly, I mean really firmly - so much so, in fact, that I was worried I might damage the parts removing them. It does seem overkill, and I think Eduard would do better to use a dab of low-tack glue dots to avoid potential mishaps.

The printing on the instrument panel is very good - far more precise than could be achieved with even the finest brush - and, of course, the beauty of it is that no assembly is needed. Just remove it from its casting block and it's basically ready to fit. That's not to say it won't look better with a little careful dry-brushing to help pick out the moulded details and add a bit of "life" to the clean black resin.

The harness is also excellent. To be honest, the close-up photo doesn't do it any favours because it exaggerates the speckled appearance. In fact, to the naked eye, it looks very convincing, with a subtly shaded effect to give a used look.

Decisions! Decisions!
Life's never perfect - and the LööK set underlines that. In terms of detail on the instrument faces, it really doesn't improve on the colour-etched panel and the Cartograf decals for the styrene alternative in the Profi-Pack kit (in fact, I think the resolution on them might be slightly finer). But the LööK panel features cast details that neither of the alternatives offer - plus, of course, they don't have the instant convenience of the resin panel. So, there is definitely a choice to be made there.

I'm not so sure with the seat harness, though, because the kit's etched harness is basically identical, with only the shoulder strap buckles being treated differently.

Where the LööK set will really come into its own is once Eduard release the inevitable Weekend edition of the Tempest that won't have any etched accessories. Then it will be a straight choice between different ways to add an upgrade for the instrument panel - and the inclusion of a set of seatbelts will be a major "plus" for the LööK approach.

A nicely illustrated sheet of instructions is provided. Fitting the panel is largely self explanatory because it's a drop-in alternative to the kit's styrene vesrion, but the diagram showing the seat harness is certainly useful.

Conclusion
I've got to say, it's a bit of conundrum if you've got the Profi-Pack boxing of the new Tempest, because the LööK set boasts better cast "3D" detail than the kit panels - but both the colour-etched and decal instruments are marginally higher resolution and include extra details. That said, whichever route you take, the detail is eye-poppingly good to the naked eye.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Great casting and excellent pre-painted details on the instrument panel. Ready to go without painting. Colour-etched seat harness.
Lows: The printed detail doesn't seem to be to quite the same resolution as Eduard's alternative methods - but it's still pin-sharp to the naked eye. The parts are attached to their backing sheet too firmly.
Verdict: With a little subtle dry-brushing to highlight the details, the resin panel should look fantastic.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 644006
  Suggested Retail: 9.95 Euros
  PUBLISHED: Jan 16, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright ©2019 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



   

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