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Messerschmitt Bf 109K Cockpit
  • EP_Bf109K_Parts

by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

Previously, we've looked at Eduard's photo-etched cockpit, which certainly piles a phenomenal amount of detail into the Bf 109K's "office" but, by its very nature, is a very complex set (128 parts) that's really only suitable for very experienced modellers. Eagle Editions have taken a very different approach with their EagleParts "museum quality" cockpit - the set contains relatively few parts (mostly resin), but wow! what parts they are! The detail is simply eye-popping - truly a credit to the designers and the people that cast this kit.

Contents
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The set arrives in a handy little flip-top clear plastic box. Inside are two zip-lock bags - one containing the resin parts and the other a small etched brass fret. Accompanying the set are two pages of detailed instructions.

The set comprises:

14 x pale grey resin parts
23 x brass parts

The casting of the resin parts is almost faultless; I've managed to find just one tiny bubble mark - and even this is in a place that will be invisible after the parts are assembled. Almost all the original plastic cockpit parts are replaced (the only parts retained are the trim wheels) and in each case, the resin versions far surpass the originals both in detail and accuracy. The level of detail on the parts is simply astonishing, with some of the finest representations of cables and controls I've ever seen on the sidewalls. The real surprise is just how different some of the resin versions are from the Hasegawa/Revell kit parts. This isn't simply down to the level of detail, but the actual shape of quite obvious components. For instance the floor, seat-back/bulkhead and the cannon breech-cover are all completely different from their plastic counterparts - and checking my references shows Eagle Editions have them right for the 'K.

Along with this level of detail comes a need for care in assembly; the seat, in particular, is cast with true-to-scale thickness - which means it's delicate in the extreme. In fact, removing it from its casting plinth is probably going to be the scariest part of the preparation.

The instrument panel is always bound to be a focus in any cockpit and it's probably no surprise that the resin version here is excellent. The detail on the bezels is very crisp and matches photos of a preserved original panel precisely. Perhaps the only way Eagle Editions could improve their set would be to include decals for the instrument faces - a small point, and in their absence I'll probably use items from Mike Grant's excellent generic decals or some Waldron German instruments.

Completing the set is a small brass fret with rudder pedals and a set of buckles for the seat harness, for which a template is provided to cut the straps from paper or metal foil.

The instructions are very well produced, printed on 4 sides of A-4 with the construction broken down into 8 stages. Each section is very clearly described and backed up by detailed photographs which should leave little room for error in preparing and assembling the parts.

Conclusion
This is a superb set! I've grown accustomed to the excellence of individual EagleParts such as their replacement Bf 109 spinners and drop-tanks, but this is the first chance I've had to see how they tackle an entire cockpit. While this obviously isn't suitable for beginners, the basic construction should be relatively straightforward (especially when compared with Eduard's all-etched alternative). Unreservedly recommended for modellers with some experience of working with resin and etched parts.

Contact details
Eagle Editions Ltd.
P.O. Box 580
Hamilton MT
59840 USA

(406) 363-5415

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SUMMARY
Highs:
Lows:
Verdict: Superbly designed and cast with eye-popping details. A far more accurate representation of the Bf 109K cockpit than the Hasegawa/Revell kit parts.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: EP#26-32
  Suggested Retail: $32.00
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 26, 2007
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.86%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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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...

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Comments

Are you planning to combine this and the Eduard Photo Etch Dashboard you reviewed earlier -- what a stunner that would make http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=2673
AUG 26, 2007 - 07:48 AM
Hi Chuck Yes, that's pretty much what I've got in mind, using this alongside Eduard's panel and a mixture of EagleParts' correction sets for the spinner, drop tank etc. and Eduard's etched exterior details. I'll basically try to showcase the various alternative extras so people can see how well they work - so that'll mean building both cockpits! All the best Rowan
AUG 26, 2007 - 08:07 AM
Looks a nice set and a great review Rowan. Should look very nice once installed and painted. I thought building 2 nearly identical kits was a bit confusing, using several different A.M sets sounds like a nightmare . Andy
AUG 26, 2007 - 08:43 AM
   

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Photos
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  • EP_Bf109K_Sidewall_Left
  • EP_Bf109K_Sidewall_Right
  • EP_Bf109K_Instruments
  • EP_Bf109K_Sidewall_Comparison
  • EP_Bf109K_Floor_Comparison
  • EP_Bf109K_Instructions