So you bought the Weekend or the Overtree FW-190A-5 but you don’t really want to paint the instrument panel and you’d like to have some seatbelts. What do you do? Well Eduard has the answer. They provide you with the pre-painted photo etch brass fret that comes in the Profipack kit.
Personally I think that the ZOOM sets are what really makes it a Weekend or Overtree kit. This fret is typically released when the Overtree kit is released. I think that they are a bargain. You get one pre-painted photo etch with all the parts you need for the cockpit and a few other places. The key is you get the seatbelts and the instrument panel. Those two things alone are worth the price of admission. Also included are the side panels and some various other photo etch pieces for the outside of the model, but this set is primarily concerned with sprucing up the cockpit.
You get the single fret of nickel plated brass pre-painted photo etch. There are no instructions so you’ll have to look up how to use it with the Profipack instructions. Most of it is self-explanatory. The printing on the instrument panel is flawless and looks perfect.
I paint my cockpit whatever color you like, I use Tamiya Dark Grey, then I weather the cockpit with a wash of Lamp Black artist oils. After that is dry I use a dry brush of RLM 02 and Model Master Magnesium to give it a metal look. Silver pencil and a sponge with the magnesium are used for chipping the interior paint. Then I add the pre-painted stuff. Then I add the seatbelts and drape them in a realistic fashion. A quick coat of Alclad Flat blends it all together. Some touch up may be required for the metallic look, but not too much. Then I take Microscale Krystal Kleer and put a drop into each instrument face. This replicates the glass in the gauge. And that is how to add these parts to the model.
I feel that this set is essential to your Overtree or Weekend Edition of the FW-190A-5. The seatbelts and instrument panel alone are worth the cost of the set. They are finer than anything I can produce and take no time at all to put together.
Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or your local hobby shop or online retailer.