Airscale | PE24 MKIX 1:24 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX Cockpit Upgrade
Reviewed by Iain Ogilvie
With the release of the new Airfix 1:24th Spitfire Mk.IXc we were bound to see a number of accessory sets become available. LSP stalwart, sponsor and master modelmaker, Peter Castle has released an excellent Cockpit Upgrade set as part of his Airscale range of instruments and cockpit accessories.
Neatly packaged in a ziploc bag, the quality of the set hits you immediately, along with a beautifully designed 'Pilots Notes' instruction card.
The set is more than just the main panel and includes:
- Instrument Panel upgrade
- Canopy Release
- Seat Bulkhead & Armour Plate
- Seat mounts
- U/C selector correction & upgrade
- Rudder pedal treads
- Compass mount & missing fuel selector lever
- Enhanced riveted strips for IP Bulkhead
- Full colour instrument & placard decals printed separately
This includes detailed instructions on how to use the set. It's really nicely done and inspires confidence that the product is well researched!
A single etch fret is provided, with each component sharply rendered and the main panel really is beautifully done.
Full instrument decals are provided and these are clean and sharp - they should give a better result than pre-printed photo etch. The 'instruments' are printed as groups, rather than single 'dials' - which will make it a lot quicker to get everything aligned nicely.
A single sheet of clear material is provided to sandwich between the instrument panel and the decal backing.
A really nice set that will dress up the already excellent Airfix kit a treat.
Very highly recommended.
The set is available direct from Airscale.
Review set courtesy of my wallet.
© Iain Ogilvie 2023
This review was published on Thursday, March 02 2023; Last modified on Thursday, March 02 2023