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Bf 110 Instrument panel
Eduard 1/4 scale Bf110 Instrument panel
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by: Allen Berry [ TOMCAT31 ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

When Eduard released their 1/48 scale Royal Class edition of the Bf 110 one of the bonuses in the box was a ¼ scale instrument panel. This seemed to be met with mixed feelings from the modelling community but Eduard seems to have taken the risk of releasing the panel on its own as a limited edition kit.

The Parts
Upon opening the box you are greeted by four clear bags containing the sprues, two frets of pre-printed etch metal sandwiching the trademark Eduard white card, a sheet of printed vinyl stickers for the dial faces and a six page black and white A5 instruction manual.

The panel is the biggest of the parts and is moulded in a dark grey which some say is a close match to RLM 66, as this is a large piece Eduard have very cleverly hidden all the ejector pins marks behind where all the dial faces are so they will be hidden during construction. The next two sprues are the dials and switches, these are mould in black and again care has been taken to hide any ejector marks. The detail on these three parts are exquisite, however I would have preferred the screw heads (part K9) to have the sprue attachment on the part that would insert into the panel rather than on the side of the head but I assume this is due to the limitations of the moulding process. On my sample the switch housing (part K15) had a little rough feel to the plastic but nothing a quick swipe with a sanding stick won’t solve. Finally the last two sprues are the instrument glazing’s, these are crystal clear but part M2 on my sample had a small sink mark in it.

The two frets of pre-printed etch metal are to the usual high standards of Eduard as are the vinyl sticker for the rest of the dial faces and both are in register. The stickers seem to be a of a low tack nature, similar to vinyl masks, which I imagine is to aid with getting the placement right and as they will be going behind the glazing’s so there should be no fear of the coming loose over time. The instruction manual is clear and concise but as stated my copy was only in black and white although a colour version can be downloaded from the Eduard website the colour call outs according to Eduard are, the dashboard is RLM66 and the instrument frame Black.

Conclusion
Looking at my references Eduard has produced a very detailed copy of the real Instrument panel to build this straight out of the box but due to the mixed media in the kit this is not for beginners. I for one am glad that Eduard has produced this as a standalone kit as it gives you a change of pace from building aircraft but is still aircraft related. I feel the quarter scale is just right as any and would certainly look good on its own or mounted on a display base. I only hope this is a start of things to come, As there are many other famous aircraft panels they could produce, Spitfire, Hurricane, Bf 109, Fw 190 P-47, P-51?

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SUMMARY
Highs: Fine details and will build into a very realistic scale instrument panel.
Lows: Would have preferred the sprue attachment on the end of the screw rather than the side and a little rough feel to the plastic on part K15 and the only sink mark on part M2
Verdict: Excellently executed kit with fine details let’s hope Eduard produce some more panels in the future
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 14001
  Suggested Retail: $ 29.95
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 13, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.70%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

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About Allen Berry (Tomcat31)
FROM: ENGLAND - NORTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

Hi my names Allen and I've been modelling since the age of 13. I build all kinds of genres from aircraft to cars to figures (basically anything that takes my fancy). Away from the model bench I work as a Network Engineer for a local Health Care provider. I was also an Adult Flight Sgt for the Air Tr...

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Comments

Thanks for the review. Aeroscale is great as always. Please check my "workshop" article with more details about the instruments and some build and painting opinions in the Info Eduard pdf newsletter, Miguary 2011 issue, downloadable at: LINK page 16-19 and also the Build section, page 14-15.
MAR 17, 2011 - 09:00 PM
Thanks for the review Allen and Rowan, and for the link Jan. I have the Royal Class box with this console in it, and I'm just itching to start on it !! Cheers, D
MAR 18, 2011 - 01:42 AM
Greta reviews- from both Rowan and Jan! Thanks for the very useful info on the various colors used on the bezels, Jan- I've always been surprised that one one had painted them in before seeing your build. Cheers! chuk
MAR 18, 2011 - 03:12 AM
   

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