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SE.5a Upgrade Parts (for Eduard 1:48)

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SE.5a Upgrade Parts (for Eduard)

1:48 Eduard




Eduard's new tool kit of this famous WWI fighter is a little beauty and you can see our review here, but you can always itail, or budget.  As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.  The Photo-Etch (PE) set arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between.



Two Blade Propeller (left 648296 Right 648297)

Available in two flavours, spinning left and right, the clockwise rotating prop being applicable to the (at this time unkitted, although I believe the parts are in the box) Hispano-Suiza 8b engine, and the other for the Wolseley Viper engine variant.  Pick your two-bladed prop and marvel at the detail, with a separate boss and spinner plate provided in PE.




Left – Anti-Clockwise (648296)



Right – Clockwise (648297)





Radiator – Wolseley Viper (648298)

This highly detailed resin replacement for the kit part consists of five resin parts and four PE parts, the former making up the body of the radiator, the latter providing the mesh detail for the panels for maximum detail.  It is a straight-forward drop-in replacement for the kit part.








SE.5a Guns (648299)

Another drop-in replacement set for the kit, which consists of both the Lewis and the Vickers machine guns, plus the tripod mount for the cowling Vickers, and the over-wing mount for the Lewis gun, which also has two spare magazines of two different capacities.  A small PE sheet includes a rack for a spare mag under the gun mount (over the instrument panel), the firing handle, sight and trough for the Vickers, plus blade sight for the Lewis gun.  You will need two lengths of 0.2mm wire to complete the firing mechanism for the Lewis, which you will have to provide from your own stocks.








SE.5a Stretchers (48915)

This is the solitary PE set in this review, and at first the term "stretchers" might seem a bit obscure, but on reading the instructions it becomes clear.  They are what I would call the turnbuckles that the aircraft's rigging is attached to, either in single runs, or doubles.  As well as including three runs of thirty eight single loops, twenty seven of the double loops, there are also two templates provided to assist you in drilling the twin 0.3mm holes at the wing roots and the opposite ends under the upper wing.  Turnbuckles are a handy short-cut for rigging, allowing the modeller to glue their chosen rigging material of choice in place without having to repair the paint-job after.  The stretchers are glued into their holes during the build, after which the aircraft can be painted, and (with care) the rigging can be attached when main painting is completed.







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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...I had to stop reading the Hyperscale site cluster and PMMS after unrestrained purchases after reading glowing reviews nearly resulted in divorce. I had better stop reading these too, pronto! It's bad enough when so-and-so or such-and-such start an interesting new model in the main forums!


Lovely looking bits, though! And turnbuckles are also very useful for rigging (large) 1:1 boats :).




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