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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard P-51D-5 Löök Set for the Revell P-51D-5NA 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.  I was pretty impressed by the photos of the pre-release examples unveiled by Eduard that showed off hyper-accurate single piece, pre-painted resin instrument panels.  The first sample of a Löök set has reached us here at Detail & Scale, so let’s see what we’ve got.

This set is for the 1:32 scale Revell P-51D and is designed as a drop-in part requiring no modification of the kit.  The set provides 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.

One thing that I’ve heard over the years is that while Eduard’s pre-painted instrument panels tend to look really great, make sure you keep your eyes at least six inches distant.  That is, the closer you look, the more you realize they feature representations of a dial face, and not always a 100% accurate replica image of that dial face.  For some (if not many) scale modelers, that’s good enough and provides superior detail to what a kit can provide, and especially in 1:48 and 1:72 scales.  But still, the quest for ever-greater accuracy beckons…

The Löök line appears to take pre-painted aftermarket detail parts to the next level.  What’ you have here is pretty jaw-dropping.  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, 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.

I can identify no flaws or shortcomings to this set.  The only thing that crosses my mind is a philosophical musing.  This set is so awesome that I don’t know how I’d ever pass up using it in my Revell P-51D build.  In fact, I won’t.  The kit’s instrument panel (decals) begs to be replaced, and this is a highly accurate and beautiful scale replica.  But for someone who is a detail painter, I can see how instrument panel detail painting just might become an increasingly lost art…  

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.  And given that the Revell kit does not even include decal seat belts, this is a thoughtful addition to this set.

Eduard has hit it out of the part with their Löök instrument panels.  For the value it brings, it is also very cost-effective.  We can only look forward to what’s planned next in the Löök product line.

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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