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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard P-51D-5/P-51D Löök for the Tamiya P-51D Kit
1:32 Scale

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Earlier this year at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Eduard announced a new line of pre-painted detail parts in a new product line called Löök that feature hyper-accurate single piece, pre-painted resin instrument panels.  Here, we take a gander at the Löök sets developed for the exemplary 1:32 scale Tamiya P-51D.

The first of these sets features the early P-51D-5 instrument panel configuration (of course, if you really want to model a D-5, remember to use the early tail parts in the kit).  The second set will just drop right into your Tamiya’s P-51 if you’re building a D-20 production block airplane (and later) or a P-51K.

Each set comes with three resin parts:  the instrument panel, the engine control panel beneath the instrument panel, and the fuel tank selector panel that is part of the engine control panel.  It appears to be cast in black resin and then painted using Eduard’s production process.  And for good measure, Eduard has also included their pre-painted STEEL set for the P-51D shoulder harnesses and lap belts.

The parts are fully three-dimensional resin castings with appropriately raised instrument bezels, switches, knobs, and other details such as data placards and bolt details.  The precision-painted instrument dial faces are the real highlight.  Consulting my P-51D references, each dial is accurately represented here (but see below), and you can visually identify and distinguish between the P-51D’s artificial horizon, turn indicator, compass indicator, tachometer, engine gauge unit, and so forth.  Then, Eduard dropped in a bit of their distortion-free, self-leveling clear glass treatment (I think it’s a clear gel medium) atop each dial face.  It’s great.  It’s all there.  It’s seriously impressive.

Just one problem: in both sets, a couple of the instrument faces are a little blurry. In the P-51D-5 set, it’s the directional gyro instrument face that is affected by this issue.  In the P-51D set, both the directional gyro and artificial horizon have a blurred look and almost look “fogged over.” I suspect this is a manufacturing error.  It looks like overspray resulting from ever-so-slightly busted edges of the mask or painting template.  All the other dials are fine and crisp.

The STEEL photoetched seatbelts set also comes with the Löök instrument panel.  As mentioned in previous reviews, these look great and contain details including stitching and even some shading/shadow effects.

Despite the little bit of blurriness, Eduard continues to produce gorgeous Löök instrument panels.  For the value it brings, it is also very cost-effective. 

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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