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  1. Rediscovered a Metal Earth etch kit of an Imperial Star Destroyer the other day. I think I put off making it as the previous kit had tested my eyesight! The previous one was an R2D2 kit from the same company. Made a nice change from my usual 1/48 aircraft kits. Anyway here they are Star Destroyer And the Droid Thanks for looking
  2. Eduard Photo Etch Detail Sets for Airfix Fairey Swordfish Kit 1:72 Eduard Of all Airfix’s recent kits, the 1:72 Swordfish seems to be the one that has set the benchmark for future releases. Airfix really seem to have hit the mark with their Stringbag, as the kit features a perfect blend of fine detail, clever engineering and buildability. Now Eduard have released a brace of photo etch detail sets to build on the kit’s tremendous foundations. Swordfish (self adhesive) 1:72 Eduard The first set is a one-stop-shop for producing a super-detailed Swordfish. There are a multitude of parts for the kit’s already lovely cockpit. Starting from the bottom, the floor of the cockpit receives some additional details which help to add a realistic finish to the kit part. Belts are provided for the crew seats, as well as a new multi-part instrument panel and similar pre-painted parts for the radio kit. Details are provided for both the fixed, forward-firing Vickers Gun and the rear-firing .303 in Lewis Gun, including a tiny ring and bead gun sight. A whole host of smaller parts, such as throttle levers and cables for the control column, are provided as well. The overall effect will be a superbly detailed cockpit – no bad thing for a biplane with no canopy to get in the way! Eduard haven’t stopped there, however. The rest of the airframe benefits from a number of extra details too. There are quite a few surface panels provided which represent various access hatches. Having used a set of these on my recent Ju 88AA-4 build review, I can testify that they look excellent once in place. The Bristol Pegasus also receives some attention by way of ignition wiring and other details. As with the cockpit, there are literally dozens of small parts for detailing the undercarriage and inter-wing struts. Lovely as the Airfix kit is, the wing fold is one area that looks a little spartan. Happily, Eduard have this covered with some nice etch parts that capture the look of the real thing. Details are also provided for the ordnance supplied with the kit, including the torpedo. There are even details for the floats supplied with the brand new float plane version as well. Swordfish Zoom (self adhesive) 1:72 Eduard This ‘Zoom’ set is comprised of just the pre-painted self-adhesive fret from the set reviewed above. It is therefore cheaper and, presumably, zoomier. Conclusion How do you make an excellent kit even better? Add some fine photo etched details of course! If the Airfix Swordfish wasn’t brilliant enough already, Eduard have now enabled us to wring even more detail from the sprues. With the new floatplane version of the kit now available, it’s the perfect time to get stuck into what should be an absorbing build. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  3. HMS Eskimo detail set 1/350 White Ensign Models It was good to see Trumpeter releasing the 1:350 kit of HMS Eskimo and whilst it is a nice kit overall it does have a number of problems, not all of which can be sorted with just the parts on the single etched brass sheet in this set. That said, this set will enable the modeller to build the ship in any number of forms throughout her career and also provides parts to build a number of her sisters. To really make an accurate model of the Eskimo you will need to change the ships boats, which are of the wrong type, (certainly not British), the 8 barrelled 2pdr Pom Pom also need to be replaced with a correct four barrelled example. Whilst you’re at it you may also like to change the turrets to ones of the correct shape, and the propellers. All these additions are available from White Ensign Models should you want to make one order for the etched set and all the other detail sets. The single sheet is actually quite large but doesn’t appear to have the same number of parts that some other sets have, but, what it does give you is what’s needed. The sheet is up to their usual standard, being finely and cleanly relief etched. Research will be required to ascertain which parts to use for a given build date, but they are all included, such as two types of lattice mast. There are also a couple of types of light AA weapon, the quad 0.5” machine gun mounts and the single 20mm cannon mounts with separate shields. A comprehensive radar fir is also provided, including the Type 286 array, Type 276 antenna, 285 Yagi, 282 Yagi, AA radar Yagi aerials, type 291 Yagi antenna and HF/DF Antenna, just check which ones were fitted and when. The sheet also includes the lattice masts mentioned above, which are completed with further platforms, yardarms and aerials. The alternative tripod mast is assembled from the kits parts, or the modeller can use brass rod, but the yards, aerials and are taken from this set. The bridge receives a new DF antenna, screen, canopy, aldis lamps and stove pipes, whilst the funnels each receive new funnel cap grilles, and sirens. The bridge wings and aft superstructure wings each receive new supports and the carley floats are provided with new bracing structures. A complete replacement searchlight platform will need to be carefully folded before fitting into position as is the quarterdeck mounted depth charge chute and spare charge racks. Each of the ships boats is provided with new davits and there is a new crane for the torpedo loading. As is usual the set provides a full range of railings for the ship along with inclined and vertical ladders, accommodation ladders, anchor chain and anchors. Conclusion This is another superb and useful set from White Ensign Models. It not only provides everything you need to enhance the Trumpeter kit but also helps with correcting some of the shortcomings. If used with the other sets the modeller will be able to build an accurate and highly detailed model. What is more, the instructions are really clear and informative, even showing how to fix the lack of sheer on the fo’c’sle. Highly recommended. Review sample kindly provided be John at
  4. Hi all, I've been building the Revell A319/20's recently, putting a little more work into them each time. I'd really like some metal fan blades for the engines. A quick search hasn't turned up any. Does anyone know if they're out there? Chris
  5. Photo Etch for SPAD XIII 1:48 Eduard Eduard's Spad XIII is a beautiful and highly detailed kit which has been released in several versions, from 'Weekend' to 'Profipack' under their own label, and a few years ago was also issued by Revell. This new set from Eduard is labeled on the packet as 'For Revell Kit' and on the instructions as 'for Revell / Eduard kit' , which is no surprise as the plastic in both kits is identical. The etched set is pre-painted where appropriate, which means the seat belts, map, several instruments, and leather lifting straps for the rear fuselage. Unpainted elements are throttle, gun jackets and sights, 2 types of windscreen frames, propeller hubs, and most importantly the fine grilles on the cowling sides. Clear acetate sheet is provided for the windscreens themselves. All are very finely done to the Eduards normal high standard, and as they have been produced for a kit they designed themselves, the fit should be exact. I have built several Eduard Spad X.III's, both the early and late versions in 'Profipack' releases which contain etched brass frets very similar to this one, although without the gun jackets and windscreens. They really enhanced the models, particularly the cowling side screens which just cannot be done any other way to give such an accurate and pleasing result. Charles Nungesser. Frank Luke Eddie Rickenbacker So if you have Revell or Eduard 'Weekend' issue, this latest set will be an essential addition. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Bell P-39Q/N Dream Model 1:32 The new 1:32 Bell P-39Q/N from KittyHawk is a very nice kit straight from the box, but there’s always room for improvement, and Dream Model have released this etch set just for this occasion. Designed purely for the cockpit the single pre-painted sheet is full of those useful little items that can really make a cockpit. The set also includes the instrument panels in a three part systems, where the instruments, printed on an acetate sheet are glued to the back of the panel, then white pare, the templates of which are provided are glued to the back of the acetate. A quick dry run shows that this is particularly effective in this scale and will look great when installed. The rest of the sheet includes items such as the throttle quadrant, throttle cables, door handles, window winder handles, gun cocking handles, various control handles, and even the numerous toggle switches, for which you will definitely need a very fine pair of tweezers and an Optivisor. The set also includes a full set of shoulder and lap straps for the seat. Some parts will require the modeller to provide their own 0.5mm styrene rod. Conclusion I’ve not come across Dream Model before, but judging by this small, yet very useful set, I will be paying more attention to them in future. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. HMS Illustrious Atlantic Models 1:350 Originally released under the White Ensign label, Peter Hall has now updated this superb set and released it under his own Atlantic Models label. The set no longer contains the backdating parts, so is only for use on the Airfix HMS Illustrious kit in her final mod state. Peter has now added parts that were missed off in the original release, allowing the modeller to make and even more accurate example of the last of the Invincibles. As with the most recently released its, the instructions for this set are contained in a PDF file on a CD, so you will need a printer if you don’t have a computer near your modelling desk. The single sheet measures 293mm x 211mm and contains over 164 individual parts. As with many etch sets, some of the plastic parts of the kit will need to be modified or removed to allow the etched parts to fit and replace the rather clunky plastic. This is particularly the case of the catwalks, which need the side plates carefully removed so that they are able to be attached to the perforated etched walkways. The first major assembly is that of the 1022 radar array. For this you need to removed the mounting base from the kit part and build the radar on to it. The whole array consists of eight parts, so is much less of a struggle than the bedstead arrays in other Atlantic sets. The completed radar is fitted to the top of the radar mast along with the surrounding platform and combined railings. The mast is completed with the addition of tow forward mounted platforms, the upper of which is fitted with the kits sensor dome. The forward and aft floodlight gantries are then built up and fitted into position along with the forward and aft superstructure railings. The searchlight, signal lamp and lookout platforms are then folded to shape and fitted to the top of the bridge roof, again with the appropriate railings. Under the flyco position, two traffic light gantries are assembled and fitted. The foremast is fitted out with four new yardarms, their ladder supports, ensign gaff, top antenna and another unidentified antenna. Meanwhile the ships crane is fitted with four new pulley assemblies complete with cables, whilst just aft of the crane a lifering stowage, complete with ring is attached to the deck edge. The main mast is given a comprehensive rebuild with five new platforms with appropriate supports and inclined ladders, new 996 radar face, platform, railings and mechanism, new TACAN aerial, two wire antenna spreaders, and finally the vertical approach light bar. The fore and aft funnels are also provided with new yardarms, ESM sensors, funnel caps, railings, front and rear facings, complete with relief detail plus separate watertight doors, and whip antenna bases, along with a choice of ships badges which are fitted to the fore funnel. There are a new set of antenna and railings for both the aft sensor platform and the mizzen mast, whilst the 20mm cannon mounts are given new netting, and railings. There are also new grilles for the ships sides. The approach light mounting is provided with a new platform and the satcom assemblies, new dishes, which need to be carefully rolled to shape and attached to the antenna back plate. All the liferafts are given new racks, of three different styles, whilst the ships boats are also given a detail makeover with the correct style of blocks for the davits, handrails, propshafts, props, stern rail and rudder for the motor boat, plus steering wheel, stern structure and launching cage for the RHIB. Each of the Goalkeeper cannons are given replacement gun cages, platform netting and railings. The most complex task, as mentioned above, is the replacement of all the flightdeck catwalks with perforated etched parts, to which the various kit structures need to be added. The catwalks are provided with a full set of angled support brackets, along with additional details such as the refueling and fire point assemblies, plus the cable and hose reel assemblies, which require a short length of styrene rod to be provided by the modeller for the centrally mounted drum. The instructions clearly show where to fit the various lengths of railing that are required for the ships starboard side of the flightdeck, and all the various hull openings. They also show where all the side netting is positioned, around the ship and the ski ramp. Airwing To compliment the ships details, Atlantic models have also released a new set to detail the airwing. The single146mm x 96mm sheet contains new rotors, folded and spread, which are quite complex assemblies for the Merlins, whilst the Sea King rotors are much simpler. Each helicopter also receives smaller details, such as the rear strake on the Merlins, intake shroud, sponson supports plus side and crew doors for the Sea Kings. Both the Sea Harrier FA2s and Harrier GR-7s are provided with new flaps, outriggers, heat shields, pylons access ladders and in-flight refuelling probe for the FA2s and LIDS strakes for the GR-7s. The fins are provided for Sidewinder missiles and the instructions show how to make the missiles body, which will be a challenge in this scale. The set also includes a selection of ground equipment, including the missile support stands, torpedo trolleys, forklift trucks, towbars, general use trolley, fluid replenishment trolley and hydraulic supply rig. Conclusion I’m really pleased that Peter at Atlantic Models has re-released this set, especially as he’s gone to the trouble to update it, adding parts that weren’t in the original WEM set. If you want to build the Airfix kit as it is from the box, you really need this set as it provides everything you need to build a museum quality model. The addition of the airwing set is the icing on the cake and although very fiddly will give the aircraft and helicopters a more scale look. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Peter Hall of
  8. USS Yorktown Eduard 1:350 It was great to see Merit International release the USS Yorktown earlier this year, but, no matter how great a kit is, Eduard always seem to find something to improve upon. The first two sets for the Yorktown have now been released. The first is for the ships boats and cranes, whilst the second is for the AA weaponry. Both sets are up to the usual standard set by Eduard and as such are full of very small parts, where a good pick-up pencil wouldn’t go amiss. Some of the kit parts need to be modified by the modeller before the etched parts can be fitted. Ships Boats and Cranes, (53140). This two sheet set contains parts for all the ships boats, the two large cranes either side of the aft hanger plus the jib for the main deck mounted crane. Each of the enclosed motor boats is provided with new centre cockpits, complete with the boats wheel, as well as a new prop, rudder, front and rear cabin doors, plus a full boat load of handrails and railings. The open motor cutters are fitted with new thwarts/gunwhales, deck planking, cockpit, engine housing, propeller, rudder, flag staff, bow mounted windlass and rear mounted railings. The larger of the motor cutters also has a fo’c’sle mounted anchor. Each of the carley floats is given a new grating, for which the centre of the floats will need to be carefully removed, and selection of straps and fixings tying them to the ship. The large cranes mounted either side of the rear hanger are completely replaced with new brass ones. Once folded to shape they are each fitted with the two hooks and their cable wheels, rotating base, through which a small piece of styrene rod is mounted. The large platforms atop each crane are provided as they are missing on the kit cranes. The deck mounted crane jib is a complex affair, comprising a three sided box section into which seven ribs are fitted before the missing side of the jib is attached. The jib is then fitted with the two hooks, their cable wheels and finished off with the handrail that is fitted to the top. Whilst the trunk of the crane isn’t replaced, it is detailed with the prominent vertical ladder, top platform, complete with railings, mid section walkway and the associated platform supports. AA Guns, (53141). As the title suggest, this single sheet set is to provide detail for the various AA weaponry found around the ship. The 5” single mounts are fitted with new sights and railings, whilst their mountings receive new three part bases and two ready use lockers for each of the eight guns. The quad 1.1” mounts also receive new sights, sight mount, shields and their supports and gun top plate. Their mountings also receive new bases, but these are single piece items. The twenty four 20mm Oerlikons are each fitted with new shields, shield supports; sights, shoulder harness and ammunition drum face. Conclusion You either love or hate brass etched detail sets, but for me they are almost vital, if you wish to produce as detailed a model as possible. Eduard are pretty much the kings of mainstream maritime etch at the moment and their release schedule seems inexhaustible. These sets will certainly go toward building that museum quality model that we all strive for at one point or another. Who knows how many more sets they will produce for the Yorktown, but I know for sure these won’t be the last. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Focke Wulf 190 Cockpit and MG 131 compartment 1:32 Brassin Having just finished reviewing the last two sets from Brassin, HERE, a further two sets arrived from Britmodeller HQ. The first is a comprehensive set to replace the kit cockpit and the second is to replace and detail the upper gun mounts between the cockpit and engine bay. (Cockpit Set 632-056) This set is provided in the small cardboard box now standard for the larger Brassin sets. On opening and removing the top layer of foam, the modeller is confronted with a large resin part, three bags of smaller parts in both dark and light grey resin plus a bag of three etched brass sheets, a small sheet of acetate and a small decal sheet. The single large resin part completely replaces the kits cockpit tub. This will need to be carefully removed from the moulding blocks and have the thinned resin panel behind the seat cut away. The complex seatbelt assemblies are built up from the pre-painted etch sheet and fitted to the seat once the squab and back rest have been added, which is then fitted to the tub, along with the joystick, a small instrument panel between the rudder pedals, and an access panel just behind the seat, (there are two styles of panel to choose from). The rudder pedals are next and these are made up from both resin and etched parts, followed by the lower instrument panel complete with undercarriage lever, rocket and MG FF cannon controllers and a number of other levers, and finally the two piece throttle lever. Before the cockpit can be fitted to the kit fuselage the set adds a three part canopy opening handle, replacement coaming, upper instrument panel, with each instrument provided on the decal sheet and two styles of very intricate gun-sights. The windscreen framing is then added to the kit part, whilst the armoured head rest is fitted to the new canopy decking and fitted with one of two styles of armour support, as both the open and close styles are provided, along with the slide for the canopy movement, all fitted to the inside of the canopy. MG 131 Mount 632-060. This set comes in the more normal blister pack and contains both dark and light resin parts and a sheet of etched brass. Before doing anything, you will have to remove all the moulded detail off the lower front bulkhead. The replacement bulkhead is made up of a brass panel, to which the various strengtheners and fittings are added. The two resin ammunition tanks are then fitted to the bulkhead hangers. The upper kit decking is completely replaced by a beautifully moulded resin part, to which the replacement MG 131 machine guns are fitted. One of the sets barrels was slightly bent, so some careful manipulation may be required on yours, using some warm water. The ammunition tracks are then attached followed by a PE framework/pipework that sits around the windscreen, the six panel fixings, three per side and the large resin access panel. Conclusion Although the new Revell kit has superb detail straight out of the box some modellers are just not content. These sets will certainly scratch that itch with a level of detail that injection moulding cannot, certainly at the price point Revell try to aim at. So if you want as much detail as you can get in your completed model these sets are for you. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Mikoyan Mig-21MFN Eduard/Brassin Eduard/Brassin 1:48 With the release of the weekend edition of the Mig-21MFN reviewed HERE, it was only a matter of time before Eduard/Brassin released some detail sets for it. These three small sets are enough to lift the kit from the ordinary to something a little bit special. The Brassin set is to replace the kits ejection seat. The seat is built up from the main seat unit, to which the resin seat squab, backrest and headbox, and three side plates are attached. The PE parts are then added, these include the seat firing handle, seat release handle and a small rear mounted vane fitting. The seat is also provided with Eduards super fabric seatbelts, which while quite fiddly to assemble, what with all the PE buckles and fittings, they will look most realistic when fitted. The cockpit set contains a small sheet of parts, most of which comprise the pre-painted panels for the instrument panel and side consoles. The set also includes additional handles, levers, a new throttle box, ejection seat fittings, and a full set of seatbelts. There is also a part for the canopy and plumbing for the main undercarriage legs. Not bad for such a small sheet. The last item is a sheet of masks. These aren’t just for the canopy as they also contain the masks required to the various dielectric panels on the aircraft as well as for the wheels. Conclusion IF you really want to add that little extra to your Mig-21MFN then these three sets will certainly help, although perhaps having three different styles of seatbelts may be a little much. At least Eduard gives the modeller plenty of choice. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  11. HMS Illustrious R-06 Eduard 1:350 The Airfix 1:350 HMS Illustrious kit has been out for some time now, in fact it was first released in 2010. It’s only since the sad demise of White Ensign Models that Eduard have finally decided to release some etch sets for the kit. There are three sets in total providing everything the modeller needs to superdetail their kit. (53136 Superstructure) This two sheet set contains one large sheet and one small one. As the set name suggests this set is purely to add detail to the island superstructure and will make for a very busy and detailed area. Before adding any etch a lot of the moulded kit details have to be removed, so study the instructions carefully, as it’s probably best done before anything else. Apart from all the watertight doors, hatches, vertical ladders the set contains new air intakes, goofer deck railings, otherwise known as 02 deck, and 05 deck railings, along with numerous small fixtures and fittings. The Type1022 radar is all but replaced with PE with only the bottom mounting and IFF aerial kept from the kit part. The funnels receive new yards, complete with their associated aerials, plus the upper hand/foot rails, whilst the main and fore masts are also fitted out with new yards, supports, platforms, complete with railings and aerials. A completely new platform and its supports are fitted just aft of the rear funnel, in fact there appears to be quite a few new platforms contained in this set, each with their supports and railings. The Satcom dishes and several other aerials are replaced with complex etched parts which will need some careful rolling to get the correct shape and there are new bases for most of the other kit aerials and radars. Whilst the individual floodlights from the kit are used, some careful cutting will be required for these; the support frames are completely replaced. Around the Flyco area of the bridge there is some new netting and beneath, the landing light arrays and their support frame are attached. At flight deck level there are seven new hose reels to fold and fit. (53137 Flight Deck) This single large sheet set contains not only lots of detail for the flightdeck, which includes the catwalks but also for other areas. As with the previous set there is quite a bit of kit detail that needs to be removed first, before the etch can be aded. The watertight doors on the quarterdeck and each of the boat deck openings and included, along with the two accommodation ladders, one for each side and all the railings that are pre cut to fit into their respective opening. Along both sides of the ship there are large air intakes and these are replaced with etched parts. On the inboard side of the ski-ramp the set includes a length of netting, two hose reels and three hatches, whilst on the foredeck new closed chocks, and mooring platforms are fitted and a selection of hose reels are fitted in the catwalks. The next bit will require lost of careful cutting out as all the kit catwalks are replaced with the exception of the outer bulkheads. The bulkheads are then fixed to the new perforated etched parts before being attached to the hull and all the angled supports fitted. Lastly the ships crane is provided with new lifting wires, guides, rollers and a hook, whilst the ships boats all have new handrails, guardrails and helm wheel fitted. (53138 Safety Nets). As the name suggests this set contains a full ships worth of safety netting is supplied on the one smallish sheet. Well, everything that wasn’t included in the set above. Conclusion It’s nice to see Eduard finally bringing these sets out as with the loss of WEM modellers were unable to detail their HMS Illustrious kits to the extent that other models could. Now this has been rectified I wonder if we’ll see more models being built and seen on Britmodeller and at shows. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Hey everyone, Sorry if this has been answered before and I couldn't find anything on the manufacturers website... I have an Eduard Zoom set with pre-painted etch and the black plastic film that goes behind the etch pieces. How do I attach these to a plastic kit cockpit? I know you use Super/CA for the etch but won't that melt the film bit of the 'sandwich'? Thanks in advance, Dermot
  13. USS Hornet Detail Sets 1:200 Eduard Continuing their range of 1:200 scale ships Trumpeter released the USS Hornet in 2013, since then only the likes of Mk1 Design and Tetra have released detail sets, which are almost as expensive, if not more, than the kit itself. Eduard have now joined the fray with five individual sets for those who like to have more of a choice as to what areas they like to add detail, and on a more affordable budget. The five sets include items for the cranes, radar, life boats, Oerlikon, 5” guns and quad AA mounts. Part 1- (53-128) this single sheet set is designed to replace the two ships boat cranes situated on the port and starboard quarters and plus the jib and fittings on the deck crane aft of the island. The boat cranes are of an almost solid construction with a fixed jib and these are represented with a single piece of etched brass folded to shape. To this structure there is a large top box fitted to top of the vertical leg of the crane, which is missing from the kit and also some of the other add-on sets. The cranes are finished off with the fitting of the two hooks, assembled from the upper and lower wheels, hook and hook frames with the wheels joined by two lengths of wire of 0.2mm diameter provided by the modeller. The deck mounted crane uses the kits pole, to which the new jib, jib support, cable wheels, hooks brackets and the top mounted platform complete with railings. The crane is finished off with the attachment of the lower platforms, platform supports, and vertical ladder. Part 2 – (53-129). This radar set contains the main CXAM radar arrays which will need some careful folding to keep the square shape from becoming warped on the main array whilst the second array isn’t folded, but there are a number of small parts, well small for 1:200 scale, particularly the dipoles and mount. The set also includes detail for the Mk 33 Fire Control Director, which includes all the various doors and hatches for the director crew along with the two half Mk 3 radar arrays stacked vertically, their supports and framework. Part 3 – (53-130). Whilst this set is titled Lifeboats, it also contains some new gratings for the top carley float on each of the twelve stacks of three. Each stack is also provided with new support clamps and a pair of tie down straps. The 32ft cutters need to have a couple of areas removed from the thwarts section, before the new well is fitted, along with the new stern planking, footstep, bow hatch, cabin, and rear railings. There are new floor gratings fitted into the lower hull to complete the assembly. The motor boats are fitted out with a new internal cabin area, rear deck, centre console and decking, light fittings plus a complete set of railings and hand rails. Part 4 – (53-131) The kit 20mm Oerlikons are pretty basic and to this end this single sheet set is designed to not only add detail, but correct hem at the same time, all thirty of them. Each gun receives new shield, shield mount, shield mount cover, gunsight, traversing hand wheel, which will require a slug of 0.5mm plastic rod 0.5mm long, the inner and outer faces of the ammunition drum and the correct style of shoulder guards. The set also contains a selection of anti-slip foot plates that are fitted around each mounting. Part 5 – (53-132). The final set in this collection contains parts to detail each of the single 5” guns and the quad 1.1” mounts. The 5” guns receive new sights and sight mounting plate, railings, elevation wheel, traversing crew seat, and two parts for the circular mounting plate. Meanwhile the 1.1” mounts need several parts to be removed before the etched parts can be added. The extra detail includes two crew seats and their supports, ammunition hoppers and replacement gun sights and mounting brackets. The mountings themselves are fitted out with new anti-slip floor plates. Conclusion Whilst the kit is an amazing bit of moulding it does have a number of shortcomings and simple design in areas. This is where these sets come into their own. The etching is up the standards we have come to expect from Eduard and it’s good to see that some extra research has been done other than just from the kit parts. The idea of having individual sets rather than one huge one is great for those modellers who only want to add it to certain areas rather than having to do the whole ship, which to some just isn’t required. If the sets for the 1:200 Missouri are anything to go by these won’t be the last we see released for the Hornet. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Etch Douglas C-47 Updates (for Airfix) 1:72 Eduard Having built the Airfix C-47 last year as a diorama, I was impressed with the kit. It went together very well and the detail was certainly good from the box. That said, us modellers know that we can always take it one step further when we build a favourite aircraft. Eduard provide the solutions to do this in their familiar etch 'flat pack's and Brassin resin. Both the interior and exterior are catered for. Brassin Resin C-47 Wheels (672 046) The kit wheels are well defined, but these resin replacements are superb with more accurate looking hubs. They are single piece direct replacements and include paint masks to make life easier. Like the kit parts, they are modelled in a weighted configuration too for a more realistic look. C-47 Interior (73513) The interior of the kit is well detailed, although naturally, the limitations of injection moulding present some opportunities for etch enhancement. This set give some nice touches to the cockpit area including self adhesive pre-painted main panel, control wheels, seatbelts and side panels. The cockpit floor gets a replacement surface too. A nice touch for the cabin are some inserts to fill the ejector pin marks left from the moulding process. A complete front door is included with hinges for the open position and the rear door gets etch handles too which if in the open position are prominent features. C-47 Interior (Zoom SS513) This set provides the self adhesive pre-painted fret included in the above set for a budget alternative just focussing on the cockpit area. C-47 Exterior (72587) A single sheet here provides a mix of noticeable and subtle improvements for the exterior of the kit. The gear legs get several enhancements including the 'X' struts and brake lines that feed up the drag link. A 3 dimensional boarding ladder for the rear access is included too. The engines are treated to the plug leads, oil cooler mesh's (front & rear) and exhaust support brackets offering a great improvement. The gear bays benefit from a number of surface panels and straps for the oil tanks.Finally, windscreen wipers, landing light apertures and aerials are included too. C-47 Surface Panels (72590) Given the small size of these sheets, it would of been good to see this one included in the exterior set rather than being an additional set to purchase. This set provides pretty much what it says on the pack. Included are window frames for the cabin windows & astrodome. You also get the wing joint reinforcement struts that are prominent on both the upper and lower surfaces with pleasant subtle riveting detail, but you will of course need to sand the raised areas from the kit parts to use these. Further 'toothed' surfaces are included for the reinforcement strips immediately outboard of the engines on the lower wings. Finally, several small panels for the fuselage and wings make up the rest of the set. C-47 Landing flaps (72588) One of the great things about the new Airfix kits is the regular inclusion of separate flaps so you can have them in the lowered position and the C-47 is one of these kits. The kit parts are OK, but this set will provide a much more scale accurate rendition of the lattice work on the inner surfaces as you would expect. However, they can be a fiddly affair in my experience with lots of folding of intricate parts, so have the swear box emptied before you start! C-47 Cargo Seatbelts (73514) The cabin seats are pretty basic with no seatbelts included, so this simple set is a great enhancement. I used masking tape on mine, but these would of provided a much improved look. If you have the rear doors open, they will be noticeable. A great benefit is the fact that they are pre-painted, so they can be added after painting your interior. C-47 Die Cut Window Masks (CX401) I'm a big fan of these, whilst the windows on the C-47 are simple shapes, this set will take the sting out of masking prior to painting. Conclusion There are a lot of sets provided for the C-47, and it would add up to a significant amount of money if you used them all. However, I've no doubt that using a few of the sets would much improve the look of your finished build. At some point I would like to build a civilian 'Dak' when released so will be intending to use several of these sets on it. Review sample courtesy of
  15. USS Missouri Detail Sets 1:200 Eduard Fourth in Trumpeters release schedule of famous battleships in 1:200, the USS Missouri kit is one to behold, particularly the size and detail held within the huge box. But as wonderful and detailed the kit is there are always ways to make a model finer and more detailed than even the kit manufacturers thought possible. Naturally Eduard have taken up the baton and released not one, but 10 etched sets for the modeller to bedeck their creation. The sets vary in size and complexity ranging from two to three large sheets down to one small sheet of relief etched brass. Of course the modeller doesnt have to use every set, but can pick and chose which suits their requirements best. Note that before using any of the sets, some of the kits details will need to be removed. Part 1- (53-113) this single sheet set is designed to detail the ships 20mm Oerlikon AA guns and mounts. Each gun receives new shield, shield mount, shield mount cover, gunsight, traversing hand wheel and the correct style of shoulder guards. There are enough parts to detail 58 individual weapons. Part 2 (53-117), this set, containing two quite large sheets of etched brass is designed to detail up to twenty 40mm quad mounts. The kits gun mounting plate needs to be quite heavily modified before you can use the set along with the removal of the twin barrels rear handles. Now, some careful bending is required to produce the curved elevation tracks fitted to each side of the replacement etched foot plate which is attached to the mounting plate. The mounts are then fitted with new railings and operators seats. The guns themselves are fitted with new sights and the whole mount finished off with the new splinter shield. Part 3 (53-118), This smallish sheet contains a surprising number of parts for the ships catapults and aircraft handling crane. Whilst the core of the catapults and crane are assembled from kit parts the rest is constructed from this sheet. The catapults receive new walkways, turntable, additional support brackets, cable wheels, panelling on the underside front, front and rear bulkheads. There are also two new aircraft launch cradles which are complex items in their own right. The crane receives additional internal crossbraces for the main boom new cable wheels, cable, hooks, access ladders and platforms. A couple of parts need to be made up from styrene rod, such as the guide wheel axles and a pair of large bollards that are fitted just aft of the crane on the fantail of the ship. Part 4 (53-119), Contains a selection of thirty eight floater net baskets in six different styles. Each basket comprises of the main netting which needs to be bent and rolled to shape, before the ends can be folded into position. The supports, three per net are then attached before the assembly can be glued into position on the model, for which there are clear diagrams on the reverse of the instructions. Part 5 (53-121), this is one of the larger two sheet sets, containing parts to detail the 40mm gun tubs. Each tub is fitted out with four layer ammunition racks that surround the insides and finished off with an access ladder for the crew to get over the splinter shields. One pair of tubs also receives a new etched floor. Part 6 (53-122), is designed to provide the ships railings for the main deck, although only the stanchions and tightening chain are provided, well, along with the templates for drilling the holes to fit each stanchion. Wire is then fixed to each stanchion ate three heights, although no wire is provided and no instruction on what gauge to use either. This is definitely one for the masochist modeller, but if done correctly will look outstanding. Part 7 (53-123), this is the largest of all the sets with two large sheets and a medium sized sheet. The number of parts contained in this set is quite mind boggling, there seems to be additional or replacement parts for pretty much every part of the superstructure and the attending fixtures and fittings. The large parts include items such as the chain plates on the foredeck with added hawspipe gratings, mast platforms and their associated support structures, plus a replacement breakwater and its supports. The small and very small parts include such items as the vertical ladders, winch details, davit wires, boat boom cranes, which can be posed rigged, complete with Jacobs ladders, or folded away, capstan details, new floorboards for the carley floats and even the handles on the front of the searchlights. The 5 practice loaders are also super detailed with ten parts per unit, such is the level of detail Eduard have gone to. There are also numerous vents and intake grilles fitted around the main superstructure along with cable reels deck house lights, a host of new aerials and a couple of smaller radars. The funnel caps get a complete makeover which really will help with the scale look of these parts. Finally there are additional fittings and replacement parts for all the main and secondary turrets. Part 8 (53-124). Although this set is titled radars, it contains quite a bit more on the single sheet. Of course the main SK-2 radar array is completely replaced and whilst fiddly, even in this scale, it will look amazing when assembled. There are a lot of parts tot eh SK-2 and the assembly is almost like building the real thing, so special care will be required to ensure everything is aligned correctly. Each of the Mk37 gun directors are also given the Eduard treatment with the replacement of the radars with highly detailed Mk12 and Mk22 arrays and their support structures, in addition to new armoured sighting and access doors, ladders and handrails. The main rangefinder housing is provided with new walkways, railings, roof parts and completely new arm extensions which Trumpeter missed off. Part 9 (53-125). This small sheet contains the rungs for the ladders that are fitted to the hull sides. Using the templates provided, the modeller needs to drill 04mm holes in the specified areas before fitting the rungs. Yes it will be awkward and time consuming but the effect will be worth it. Part 10 (53-126). The final set in this extravaganza of detail provides the hull plates that are fitted along the length of both sides of the upper hull and missed off in the kit. Templates are provided for the correct positioning and its just a matter of measuring along the hull every 35mm placing the template and fitting the plates. Conclusion Well, what can I say, there is enough detail within these sets to keep even the most ardent detail nut happy for hours, if not months. The level of additional and replacement detail s quite overwhelming and you will really need your mojo set to high if you wish to add it all, which after all is the point. If, at the end of the build you have retained your sanity then you will have a truly museum standard model and one worthy of any collection. Of course, with the sets being separate you can buy and fit as much or as little as you wish, depending on say experience or time. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. USS Arizona detail sets Eduard 1:200 It’s been quite a while since the Trumpeter 1:200 USS Arizona was released and there have been some terrific builds seen here on Britmodeller and at shows, usually using another manufacturers aftermarket parts. Eduard seem to have been a bit slow with their additions to the Arizona aftermarket scene, and have only just released the first three sets for the ship. Each set comes in their large zip lock style packaging and includes are single large sheet of relief etched brass. The design and detail are well up to the usual standard we have come to expect from Eduard and the instructions seem quite a bit better, in that they are clear and easier to read than their normal fare. Some parts of the kits details will need to be removed before the etched parts can be added. Part 1- (53-099) is designed to add detail to the ships cranes, but also includes quite a few new parts for other areas of the ship. To begin with the main turret barbettes have new armoured rings attached to the top of each mounting. These will need to be carefully rolled to shape before the fixing struts are folded in and affixed to the mounting. The turrets themselves receive new turret roofs, railings, mantle opening surrounds, ladders, rangefinder doors and tampions that look like they will need special care in shaping and gluing. The funnel receives new hand and foot rails around the funnel top, plus new railings, guards and window frames for a number of the platforms. The crane jibs utilise the kit parts which are then clad top and bottom with etched sheets. The upper sheet also has the railings included thus making them easier to fit as one unit rather than faff around trying to fit a separate set of railings. The each side of the jib are fitted with three extra plates whilst the styrene cable roller housings on top are removed and replaced. The crane hooks are all new and include two sizes of hook and their respective cable wheels. Lastly the king post is fitted out with new vertical ladders and railings around the platform top. Part 2- (53-100) is designed to almost completely replace the ships catapults and uses only very few of the kits detail parts. Not only will the modeller be required to carefully fold each and every part in this set to shape, they will also need to add some styrene rod from their own supplies. Each catapult starts off with the main frame and track. To these, the cable wheels, accumulators, railings and control boxes are all attached. The quarterdeck/fantail catapults turntable is taken from the kit and further details added. The set also comes with separate launch cradles for the kit aircraft to sit upon and in the case of the turret catapult the additional support structure and access ladder for fitting to X turrets roof. The kits Kingfisher aircraft will need to have surgery to remove the pilots and observers canopies and the inside of the fuselage thinned down. These need to be done to accept the internal cockpit structures, which include the rear machine gun, shoulder height shelf and mounting rail, instrument panel, cockpit tub and seat. Externally the aircraft receive new float cross bracing and struts, ignition harness for the engine, access ladder, plus the aerial mast and weapons pylon. Part 3 – (53-104), contains details for the ships lifeboats and is pretty comprehensive even though it’s all contained on just one sheet. The motor boats receive a new grating for the central open deck which also includes a new steering console, steering wheel, gear stick, hand rails and railing bow and stern. The complex cradles and their respective support will look really good when assembled. The rowing boats are fitted with new railings to the rear, bitts, hawse pipes, oars, and tillers. Once completed, the boats can be mounted to their new cradles, which are also provided. The details are very well done and they really make the lifeboats stand out, rather than being overshadowed by the rest of the ship. A nice touch is the inclusion of the two main accommodation ladder and its upper and lower platforms. There is another platform that the instructions call to be fitted adjacent to B turret on the starboard side, which I can only presume to be some sort of lookout point for when navigating in harbour. Conclusion So the first three sets out of how many? If the 1:200 Bismarck is anything to go by we should expect quite a few. The details included are excellent, the instructions are easy to follow and they should help transform the standard kit, but I just can’t help feel Eduard have missed the boat so to speak. The kit has been out quite a while now and the other manufacturers got their sets out soon after release so I’d imagine there are quite a few kits in stashes already paired up with etch etc. Still, I guess it allows more choice for the discerning maritime modeller. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  17. Messerschmitt Me 109E-7detail Sets for Trumpeter Eduard 1:32 Whilst the Trumpeter Messerschmitt Me109E-7 appears to be a very nice kit, it does have its problems. Unfortunately many of the problems with the possible shape issues are not that easy to rectify. If you’re not too worried about the issues, but would like to add some extra detail to the kit, then Eduard have released these two sets just for you. Interior Set (32752) The two sheets contained in the standard poly sleeve with protective card inserts provide parts for the cockpit. The small self adhesive sheet is also pre-painted and contains multiple parts for the instrument panel, including the upper and lower panels with the instrument painted onto a backing sheet and will only need some Aqua gloss or similar to represent the instrument glass. The panel is then populated with additional levers, switch boxes and T handles. The other coloured parts are for the control box facings one the side panels and a complete set of seat belts with separate buckles and clasps. The second sheet is not painted or self adhesive, but contains many useful items to super detail the rest of the cockpit. The side walls are completely replaced with brass sheet and given depth with the addition of further control boxes, trim wheels, linkages, levers, brackets, and perforated oxygen regulator case. The rest of the cockpit is given replacement joystick surround, seat raising ratchet, foot rests, rudder pedals, and rear bulkhead plates. The gunsight is given a new glass support bracket in addition to acetate parts for the glass items. Finally the canopy is fitted out with new armoured headrest details and support arms, canopy latch and the retaining wire for the open canopy. External Detail Set (32 322) This single sheet set is naturally for the external details and the larger than average sheet provides plenty of parts to enhance the kit. Starting at the front, the engine receives new ignition harness parts, lifting straps, cowling locks and an additional plate to the engine bearers. The oil tank is fitted with a new filler cap and the air intake is fitted with a new grille. Each radiator is detailed with new front and rear facings, splitter plates and cooling flaps. The undercarriage bay fittings include new internal walls and roof parts. The main doors receive new internal a facing sheet, whilst the undercarriage oleos have new brake lines, scissor links and wheel brake fitting, making them really look the part. Also included are a new support bracket for the external rear view mirror, which is also replaced, drop tank fixing strap and bomb fin link arms. Conclusion Not having this kit it does make it a little awkward to review as you can’t compare the parts and see how much extra is given by the use of this set. That said Eduard rarely disappoints with their sets and this looks to be pretty comprehensive and should make quite a difference to the completed model. Recommended Review sample courtesy of
  18. Miscellaneous items 1/700 Atlantic Models Sometimes, when building a model there are items that you’d love to add that extra bit of detail without having to go to the expense of buying a full set for which you’d only use a few parts. Well Peter Hall at Atlantic Models has thought of that, and released these two sets of etched brass just for those occasions. Both sheets are quite small due mainly to the scale, but they provide enough parts to detail a whole ship. Ratlines ATEM 06: This single sheet set gives the modeller exactly what it says on the tin, a set of sixteen thin brass ratlines to detail your latest windjammer creation. There are six paired sizes provided with two sizes having four pairs so you should be able to have the correct length for the different sections of the masts. The packet actually states they can be used for both 1:600 and 1:700 scales which makes them even more useful. Railings ATEM 08: Another single sheet set, but this one contains some incredibly fine railings for use with pre-dreadnought era ships. There are three styles provided with between six and seven lengths per style. More than enough to fit out a medium sized model. Conclusion These are a great pair of very useful sets for the 1/700 scale modeller. As usual they have been beautifully designed and etched although the brass used is very thin, so care will need to be taken when bending and fitting. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Peter Hall of
  19. German Type IX U-Boat 1:72 Etch sets There was with much excitement when Revell announced the release of their latest in 1:72 U-Boats, the Type IX. Since then the guys and gals at Eduard have been beavering away to produce these three packs of etched brass to really enhance the detail already in the kit and add extra that Revell missed out. There is quite a bit of surgery to be done to the kits before adding the brass, so if you’re of a slightly nervous disposition then you might want to check out the instructions on the Eduard website before committing yourself. 53106 – Set 1: Comes in a zip lock bag with one sheet of etched brass. The sheet contains a series of inner skin panels onto which the hull flood vents are attached; each vent has to be folded to shape before fitting. The kit holes need to be carefully cut out and the vents panels fitted from the inside of the hull parts. On the outside the etched grilles are attached giving a much better representations of the real thing. The set also include replacement parts for the bow torpedo tubes and the decks between them. The inner and outer doors are also replaced and there is an option for open or closed doors. The kits air outlet vents also need to be opened up and covered with etched grilles and plates. The decks receive new bollards, cleats and aerial tie down points, whilst the deck hatched are fitted with new handles. The island also receives new hand holds, coaming plates, brackets, deck fittings and hatches. The main entrance hatch is also fitted with new hinges, and locking wheels. There is a complete replacement radar, railing deck plates, and periscope fittings. 53107 – Set 2: Is quite a bit smaller and come in the standard Eduard packet with stuck down flap. This set provides the modeller with a whole series of deck plates, deck hatches and perforated walkways that cover the upper deck of the submarine. The set also includes extra details for the twin 20mm guns and their mounts along with a new shield, breech fittings, and hand wheels for the 37mm cannon. 53108 Set 3: Is the smallest of the three sets and strangely in one of the larger zip lock packets. This sheet contains a series of external plates that enhance the look of the flooding holes fore and aft and around the bow tube openings. Conclusion Whilst the Type IX is an excellent kit there are some things that really can’t be moulded using standard techniques and it this is where the etched brass comes in. The finesse it provides to a finished model can really make it shine. These sets can, when used correctly will do just that for the Type IX, just be careful with the cutting out of the kit parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. USS Indianapolis 1:350 Etch sets It’s been a little while since the Academy USS Indianapolis was released and it’s been a bit surprising that the major aftermarket manufacturers haven’t exactly been clamouring to release detail sets for it, until recently that is, with both Pontos and Eduard producing etched parts for it. The two packs that make up the detail set from Eduard don’t cover as much as the Pontos set, but they give you what is really required without making the construction overly complicated. The first set consists of two sheets of etched brass containing around 239 different parts, not including multiples. The largest sheet provides everything from the ships crane, catapults, small cranes and davits, mast yard rope walks, numerous parts for the five inch and 40mm mounts, inclined ladders, boat cradles, and new end pieces for the smoke generator stack. There are also replacement bulkhead doors, which can be displayed open or closed, a complete replacement SK radar array, prop guards, various new platforms, supports, small railings, turret details, and new hanger doors, which can be folded in a concertina fashion to display the hanger open. The second, slightly smaller sheet contains new deck hatches, which can also be displayed open if required, ammunition racks for the 40mm gun tubs, funnel cap details and grilles, new mast platforms and their respective supports, very nicely detailed Mk8 gun directing radar dishes, SG radar dishes, floatation baskets new director mount aft, The second set, supplied separately provides all the railings in pre-cut lengths for the whole ship, plus the range of platforms including those for the searchlights, radars, plus a rather unusual construction on each side abreast of “A” turret. The set also includes a new veneer for the armoured belts which is interesting and gives it much more of a textured finish. Conclusion This is another pair of very useful etched sets from Eduard. The amount of detail covered is quite exhaustive and will require a fair amount of patience and time to get it all fitted correctly. Some of the details are completely new, not found in the kit so research will be required to ensure it was fitted. By biggest gripe is still the instructions, which really need to be made clearer, especially where parts positioning is concerned. Still, that’s a personal thing, which doesn’t stop me from recommending this set to any one with the Academy kit. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Lancaster B.II - Etch & Canopy Masks for the Airfix Kit Eduard 1:72 With the release last year of the excellent B.II radial engine Lancaster from Airfix, Eduard have come up trumps with some improvement accessories to improve both the exterior and interior of the kit. Four sets are being reviewed here, exterior, interior, dedicated flap replacements and the budget Zoom set that focusses on the cockpit interior. Also included is the canopy mask set which for me at least is as integral to model building as glue and paint these days! Lancaster B.II Landing Flaps (Set 72578) Whilst the Airfix kit is already blessed with an open flap option, the limitations of injection moulding mean that there is some scope for improvement in terms of scale finesse. This comprehensive set from Eduard provides that solution. Obviously, to use this set, filing of the existing detail is necessary as well as levelling the surface to apply the etch to. Some plastic or brass rod of 0.8mm and 0.3mm diameter is also required in the instructions but not supplied. As the flaps are the same as the B.I/III, there is no reason why they can't be used on the other Airfix Lancaster variants too. More information can be seen in the online instructions provided by Eduard - HERE Lancaster B.II Exterior (Set 72566) The exterior gets a well thought out selection of improvements. The landing gear bays and doors get some intricate additions and both the main and tail wheel legs are treated to the etch touch including brake lines. The radial engines in the Airfix kit are a little lacking in detail in my opinion, so the attention of them is well deserved. They are routed from the rear of the cylinders. I've seen pictures of some framework in front of the Hercules engines on the Halifax that WEM have in their B.III etch set, however I'm not sure whether this was also present on the Lancaster B.II. Some other improvements include the upper fuselage escape hatches, trim tab control rods and oil cooler mesh faces. For more information, see HERE Lancaster B.II Interior (Set 73492) Again, Eduard have found some creative ways to add detail where it matters, this time inside the aircraft. The cockpit area gets a complete makeover, with a highly detailed pilots seat and wealth of controls and panels that are on show under that greenhouse! This attention to detail goes back into the navigators and wireless operators area too. Further areas of focus include the bomb aimers location with more panels and some enhancements to the front and rear turrets. The panels are provided on pre-painted self adhesive etch to aid assembly into the aircraft. Some kit detail will need to be removed from the surfaces before assembly of these parts. for more information, see HERE Lancaster B.II Interior Zoom (Set SS492) The zoom set is a budget alternative to the interior set above. It provides the pre-painted self adhesive etch fret shown above hence primarily focusses on the panels inside the cockpit and bomb aimer locations including throttle quadrants. For more information, see HERE Lancaster B.II Flexible Paint Masks (CX372) If you hate masking like I do, you will welcome this set, especially given the wealth of clear parts on the Lancaster. Two sheets of pre-cut parts are provided in the pack and include wheel masks too. As the transparencies on the B.II are common with the B.I/III, they can be used on any of the airfix kits. Conclusion There is no doubt that Airfix have released a great kit in its own right, however these sets do allow you to take it to another level by utilising the benefits that etch can provide over the injection moulded parts. Obviously, some of the parts and the preparation needed to fit them requires a higher skill level, but if you are a fan of the B.II, then they are certainly something to consider when you build one. Review sample courtesy of
  22. SH-3D Sea King Etch Detail Sets - for the Cyber Hobby Kit 1:72 Eduard The Cyber Hobby Sea King has been released now in several guises and on the whole it's regarded as a great kit with good detail and assembly. Whilst I don't have this kit, from research, I believe the sonar operators station is not reproduced by Cyber Hobby, which in this aircraft being an anti-submarine warfare platform is a key element. Within this review, I'm looking at the interior, exterior and Zoom set. SH-3D Sea King Interior (Set 73477) This set comprises a clear piece of acetate, a pre-painted self adhesive and two standard etch frets. The interior of both the cockpit and rear cabin get treated, however one noticeable omission is the sonar operator station that the kit doesn't include either. Whether this is planned as a separate later release, I don't know, but it's quite disappointing given that there is a door revealing this if you choose to have it open. With that negative element out of the way, lets move on. The cockpit gets pre-painted instrument panels, which with such a large canopy, will be on show. There are quite a lot of cabin side wall panels with fine rivets on the unpainted fret that sit between the moulded in frames, however I'm not sure how noticeable these will be once painted. The cabin floor is provided and has some good detail which after a panel wash should show up very well, especially if you plan to have the barn door open. What is very nicely represented in the set is the sonar housing and hoisting mechanism that sits on the floor in the middle having seen some images of this made up. For more information, see HERE SH-3D Sea King Zoom (Set SS477) This budget pack includes the pre-painted self adhesive fret included in the above set which primarily focusses on the cockpit panelling. For more information, see HERE SH-3D Sea King Exterior (Set 72562) Producing the exterior of a helicopter with the various meshes, handles and protrusions that are typically visible in plastic is quite difficult. As such, etch allows the ability to significantly improve the appearance with more scale accurate parts and that is exactly what Eduard have done with this set. Whilst there is only one fret included, it is very well thought through. The Sea King bristles with vents and mesh covers around the engine area and these are beautifully reproduced. If one could be critical, then even with etch, it's not possible to create the fine mesh so that you can see through it. As well as the detail around the engine covers, other panels around the aircraft are included with several under the hull and along the fuselage. Hydraulic lines and hinges for the rotor hubs are included as is the folding mechanism for the tail. One of the most impressive parts of this set in my opinion is the stunning access step for the rear cabin on the port side of the fuselage. This will look rather special when assembled and painted, although of course it will reveal the vacant sonar station unless you scratch build one. For more information, see HERE Conclusion Apart from the missing sonar station, these sets are very impressive, in particular the exterior set as it will be immediately noticeable on inspection. There are some tricky assemblies around the sonar hoist framework that will need great care in assembly, but there is no doubt that a rather special build can be achieved using these additions. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Fw190A-8 Etch & Canopy Masks for the Airfix Kit Eduard 1:72 The new FW190 from Airfix is a great kit and generally well received in the community despite some niggles that have been covered in builds and reviews. Eduard are always on the case looking for ways to improve kits and they've released these sets. Fw190A-8 Etch detail (Set 73493) As you would expect, the cockpit gets plenty of attention from this two fret pack with some self adhesive pre-painted etch. Both front and side panels are provided in painted etch, as are the seatbelts. A nice little touch is the inclusion of some BMW badges, although you'd better have your Optivisor at the ready or your best specs to handle these! Included on the unpainted fret is the armoured head rest and rear cockpit combing. The flaps on the Airfix kit are not included and somewhat unusually, are not split between the upper and lower halves of the wings. Instead, they are solid lumps with the whole trailing edge fitted to the upper wing. As such, a lot of plastic needs to be removed to fit the etch flaps included here. The flap rear bulkhead has an intricate multi angled shape and looks like it may require a suitable tool to do the bending. As such, if you don't have one of these, building the flaps as per instructions may prove difficult, so please consider this. The gear bays get some rewarding improvements and the oleo scissors and brake lines are included for the main gear legs too. Other features included are trim tabs, various aerials and drop tank collar. On the whole, it looks like a comprehensive set but those flaps may prove fiddly. For more information, see HERE Fw190A-8 Flexible Paint Masks Eduard have now released this to take the pain out of painting the tiny canopy and wheels. Conclusion Two great items for any fans of the new Airfix Fw190. The etch gives a great boost for the detailing ability of the kit, however I think the flaps could of been engineered in a somewhat more user friendly way even if it did mean a slight compromise in accuracy. Review sample courtesy of
  24. King Tiger for Academy 1:35 Eduard The new Academy King Tiger is a corker of a kit, but as always there’s always room for improvement, and Eduard have now released two new sets to super detail the kit. Admittedly some of the styrene parts within the kit can look rather over scale and this is where the etched parts really come into their own. The modeller will need to provide styrene or brass rod and some of the kit detail needs to be removed before the etched parts can be added, as per standard procedure for Eduard sets. [36260 External Set] This set is contained on a medium sized fret of relief etched brass. As is pretty much standard with these sets the majority of the smaller parts are dedicated to replacing the clamps, brackets and supports for the various pioneer tools. Also include are new brackets and straps for the headlights and fire extinguisher. Each of the vision blocks around the commanders cupola are fitted with new guards. For the engine deck the set includes not only mesh grilles, but armoured covers for them, theses are supported by four risers made of styrene rod sourced from the modellers supplies. The turret receives new lifting eyes, hatch fittings for the gunner, (internal and external), commander and expended cartridges, (also internal as well as external). There are also foot steps up the turret sides and additional fittings for the turret roof. [36257 Fender Set] As the name suggests, this set is for the complete replacement of the tanks fenders and side skirts. The set comprises a medium sized and a smaller sized fret. Each of the side pieces and mudguards will need to be carefully bent to shape and fitted to the sides of the model. Unfortunately Eduard haven’t given any templates for this, so it’ll be a bit of trial and error using the kits parts to get the shape right. Between each individual section there is an additional jointing piece which will also need to be bent to the correct shape. The front mudguards are slightly more tricky in that they need to be rolled to shape and the side piece folded to sit snugly alongside the curved part. Additional details such as the hinges, strengthening strips and locks are provided for both the front and rear mudguards. Conclusion A pair of very nice sets, which given the detail on the Academy kit may not be necessary to some modellers, but they will certainly give an extra finesse to the detail, particularly the fenders with the better scale thickness. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Messerschmitt detail Sets Eduard/Brassin 1:32 Revell produced are cracking kit in their 1:32 Me-109G-6 particularly for the price, but it have some shortcomings and Eduard believe the detail also needed to be spruced up. With this in mind they have released a selection of sets for this kit, and an additional one for those modellers who would like to use the kit in a diorama. All these sets can be found in the Big Ed set or bought separately, it’s entirely up to the modeller to decide how much detail they would like or need to add. The relief etched brass is up to their usual high standards yet the instructions still let them down and really should be clearer on how parts are folded and fitted. Detail Set (32788) The two sheets contained in the standard poly sleeve provide parts for both the interior and exterior, so no need for separate sets. The majority of parts are on a medium sized relief etched sheet whilst the smaller sheet containing the cockpit parts is mostly pre-painted and self adhesive. For the cockpit the set includes a new seat support and panel for the rear bulkhead, new seat pan, a pair of very well detailed rudder pedals, trim wheel control chains and support bracket. The instrument panel is made up of several layers with the instruments printed on the backing plate, as other sets of this nature a drop of Klear or Aqua Gloss will be needed to represent the instrument glass. On the side walls there are several new or replacement instrument boxes and pre-printed faces, along with new cable runs and pipework. Each of the alternative gunsights receives new reflector glass supports, lens surround and brackets. Externally the set provides new radiator front and rear grids, a new intake grille, internal fittings for the radiator housings and main wheel bays; brake pipes and replacement lower undercarriage leg doors. The ailerons are given new end plates and the slats are provided with new internal lip strips. There is a nicely detail aerial mounting bracket on the tail fin and strap for the drop tank. Finally, each of the alternative canopies receive new armoured back plates and handles for the windscreen frame. Interior Zoom Set (33128) This zoom set contains only the above pre-painted sheet and allows the modeller to build a well detailed cockpit without the hassle of getting bogged down with detail that might otherwise be deemed superfluous. Tools and Boxes (32351) For those modellers that want to use their model in a diorama, whether in a workshop or on the line then this two sheet set will be just for you. The main part is the carry case, which, once folded to shape is fitted with four carry handles, two per side. Into this are fitted four shelves, two shallow ones for the general tools, such as spanners, snips, hammers, cutters and the like, (all provided), and too deeper ones in which the more specialist tools are held, all safely kept in place by various spacers and locking parts. Also included is a large tool roll, which when assembled and painted up should look great lying on a wing on the grass by the aircraft. The roll is also well populated with the more popular tools such as screwdrivers, cutters, rule, adjustable spanners etc. Seatbelts (32784), and (32791) These two sets of seatbelts give more choice to the modeller, they can either buy the all etched brass set, which is pre-painted and go through the process of annealing to make them more flexible to sit in the seat pan correctly, or go for the fabric ones which should sit more naturally. Both sets come with a full selection of buckles and clasps and whilst whilst quite fiddly to assemble they will really help make the cockpit stand out from the crowd. Brassin Wheel Set (632 018) In addition to the etched sets Eduard, in their Brassin range have also released this set of replacement resin wheels. The inner and outer hubs, plus the tyres are all separate, making painting so much easier. Detail is also enhanced with the tread looking very nice and the brake details more representative. Once removed from the moulding blocks it shouldn’t take to much cleaning up before they are ready for use. Conclusion This is another great selection of sets from Eduard, who seem to be churning them out like it was going out of fashion, yet keeping the standard high. The tool box set is my favourite and I hope they produce more diorama sets in the future. The rest of the sets will go towards making the finished model look top notch, particularly when the Brassin wheels are used as well. Review sample courtesy of
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