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  1. 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
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