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Bf 109K Dashboard
Merlin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 08:42 AM UTC


Extreme detailing from Eduard in the shape of a replacement instrument panel for the 1/32 scale Hasegawa/Revell Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4. The photo-etched panel comes complete with a stand so you can also build it as a mini-kit in its own right.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 08:53 AM UTC
That is some detail I can see why someone may wish to build it as a stand-alone mini-kit.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 11:46 AM UTC
NIce one Rowan.
This looks lovely.
Only question is how do you find working with pre painted photo etch.
If I think correctly, you have to heat photo etch so it bends correctly. Does this effect the colour?
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 06:08 PM UTC

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Only question is how do you find working with pre painted photo etch.
If I think correctly, you have to heat photo etch so it bends correctly. Does this effect the colour?


I wouldn't bring a flame even near pre-painted PE, it will surely ruin the finish of the parts.
Looking at that set, it doesn't seem to require much (if any) bending with painted parts. But talking generally, Eduard's PE doesn't usually need heating, it bends just fine as it is.
One thing I recommend doing though is giving the pre-painted parts a coat of flat clear before assembly, as the finish can be easily scratched while handling.

Edit: Oh, some more about metal. Eduard set's are brass, which is easy to bend, it's plated with nickel (I think), making it look like steel. Another thing are PE which are actually steel, like on some older dragon kits. With this, I think heating is a must, the material is hard to bend and has a memory so it's prone to spring back to the original form. Heating (and letting it cool on it's own) makes steel easier to bend and takes away the memory.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 06:22 PM UTC
Like Eetu I normally do not have any problems with Eduards PE. It bends quite easily, but the prepainted stuff can get scratched.

This cockpit panel looks very nice and I actually have the 109K-4 sitting in my stash. Fair price and even includes a nice name plate. Hmmm... tempting

Thanks for the review, Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 06:58 PM UTC

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If I think correctly, you have to heat photo etch so it bends correctly.



Hi Nige

Maybe you did in the past, but nowadays Eduard provide scored lines for every major fold needed in their sets.





It's funny - I nearly included these pics to the Review when I published it, but thought "Nahhh!" I'll add them now.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 08:40 PM UTC
Thanks guys.
Eetu,,a very comprehensive answer and extremely informative. Thankyou.
Thanks Rowan,,,your photos have reminded me that I need to buy a Hold And Fold,,LOL.
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 01:00 AM UTC
Nice job on that dashboard. I am amazed athow far modeling has advanced with the advent of PE, and then the giant leap with prepainted PE. There is almost nothing left to criticize.
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Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 03:24 AM UTC

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Nice job on that dashboard. I am amazed athow far modeling has advanced with the advent of PE, and then the giant leap with prepainted PE. There is almost nothing left to criticize.



Cheers Carl

And the next advance was waiting for me in the shape of Eduard's latest samples when I returned to work today ... self adhesive photo-etched parts. I'll get a First Look sorted out asap.

All the best

Rowan