Yahu Models Instument Panel Review… Revell of Germany 1/32 P-51D Mustang “early”, and Tamiya 1/48 F4U Corsair
I received these aftermarket instrument panels in the mail a few days ago, and wanted to do a quick review on them. I’ll give you two guesses as to what my upcoming plans are for builds in the near future… 🙂
First up is the 1/32 scale IP for the Revell of Germany P-51D-5 kit. This is how they come packaged, in a small plastic bag.
Too bad this kit is getting harder to find… Maybe someone will start producing them again… My sources tell me that molds were purchased by a company in Germany, after the Revell company went bankrupt. Time will tell.
The IP for the 1/48 scale Tamiya F4U arrived in a very similar package.
Once the package is opened, these are the parts that are included with the 1/32 scale P-51 set.
Here’s a close up of the actual instrument panel. There is a very nice clear cover over the gauges that look like glass. This particular set is for the early P-51D. Later versions had the instruments arranged in a different fashion, so this is correct for the Revell kit only.
The assembly is three dimensional, and is comprised of several layers placed upon one another. This pictures shows they effects of the stacked parts.
The reverse side shows that it is actually made of metal and appears to be laser cut.
A smaller PE fret is also included.
A small sheet of clear plastic is included, that has a single instrument printed on it.
The instructions are pretty simple…
This should be a very nice upgrade to the kit supplied cockpit that comes in this nice Mustang. The kit parts look to be very nice as is, and come with a decal for the IP. The decal is supposed to conform to the three dimensional plastic kit part. When this works it’s fine.
But I have had a few occasions where it didn’t work “as advertised”. When this happens it takes away from the look of the “office” considerably. For this build, and since this kit is becoming harder to find, I didn’t want to take any chances at goofing it up.
So I purchased this IP for the Mustang from an online vendor that sells Yahu…
I wanted my Mustang to have a few little “extra” bells and whistles, since I am going to be posing mine built with the canopy open. I also have a nice set of printed cloth seat belt harnesses and aftermarket decals ordered for this Revell Mustang too… They should be arriving soon.
Please stay tuned for a future Mustang build coming from the “Iron Werks”. I think you will like it. 🙂
The Instrument panel for the Tamiya kit is just as nice, even though it is in the smaller 1/48 scale.
It too has the glass effect over the instruments.
The back of the IP looks like this. You can see how it is made out of metal.
The instruction sheet is very simple… no written words are included, just two pictures !
Here I zoomed in on the drawing.
The Yahu Models IP is designed to replace the kit supplied part in the Tamiya kit. Here’s mine as it looks now… This part should be a nice upgrade to the kit supplied part.
This instrument panel set is designed to fit the 1/48 scale F4U’s that Tamiya currently has available. All three kits are very nice, and have some good looking box art…
F4U-1 “Birdcage” Corsair
The “Iron Werks” will hopefully be cranking out some of these in the near future too… Good Lord willing.
These parts are courtesy of my ever thinning wallet… I’ll let you know how they fit once I get them installed. So far they look to be a very simple upgrade that should improve the overall look of your model.
These are available for various planes in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales.
So far none are being produced for the 1/48 scale Avenger… but they are adding to their list of aircraft covered. I can see myself getting one of these for a certain ICM 1/48 scale He-111…
Thanks for looking, and as always,
“Comments are encouraged”.