Airscale 1/48 WW2 RAF Instrument Dial Decals First Look
|Date of Review||July 2012||Manufacturer||Airscale|
|Subject||WW2 RAF Instrument Dial Decals||Scale||1/48|
|Set Number||AS48 RAF||Pros||Variety of instrument faces|
|Cons||Nothing noted||Skill Level||Basic|
Airscale from the UK produces a series of instrument face decals and has recently expanded their range as you can see here. In this release, we have typical instrument faces that you'd find in RAF aircraft during World War II. The instruments include altimeters, artificial horizons, turn and bank indicators, compasses, engine tachometer/manifold pressure, engine temperatures, and more.
This set has four of each type of instrument style so you have sufficient instruments here to render at least four single-engine models. These instruments are typical of those used in the Hurricane, Spitfire, Mosquito, Typhoon, Beaufighter, and more.
To use this set, simply prepare your instrument panel as desired, paint the wells of each instrument white (preferably gloss so the decal can set on the surface), then punch out a clear disk from the acetate with a Waldron punch set to create the instrument glass. The acetate can be placed with a drop of Future or other gloss clear finish.
With the advent of color-printed photo-etched parts from Eduard, many folks simply wait for Eduard to get around to doing a detail set for their subject, but here is a nice alternative where you can add the three-dimensional detail (knobs, switches, etc.) to your instrument panel and then place these instruments into the faces to complete that masterpiece look.
For more information about this set and the other releases from Airscale, visit their website at www.airscale.co.uk.
My sincere thanks to Airscale for this review sample!