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Grumman A-6A Intruder detail sets

1:32 Eduard


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The Trumpeter intruder is a fabulous kit straight out of the box, with loads of detail included. But theres always room for improvement as is shown with the release of these etched sets from Eduard.

Interior Set (32813)
This set consists of two sheets of photo etched brass. The larger of the two, printed in colour provides the larger parts for the cockpit, such as all the different panels that make up the instrument panel, side and centre consoles. The smaller sheet contains a new vent and other smaller parts for the coaming are also included. The canopy is also catered for with new rear view mirrors, handles, overhead console, framework and grab handles. The rear under canopy panel receives new rails and panels whilst the rear bulkhead also receives new fixtures and fittings. The ejection seat are fitted with new firing handles, pipework and head box fittings. Naturally there is quite of lot of the moulded detail on the kit parts that need to be removed before fitting the etched parts, so read the instructions carefully before starting.

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Seatbelt Set (32809)
Surprisingly separate from the interior set this single sheet of pre-painted tinned etched brass gives the modeller everything to make two very detailed ejection seats. Since some of the seat details are contained in the interior set, this set only provides the seat straps, lap straps and the all important leg restraints. Whilst not overly complex, items such as the buckles make the job of assembly rather fiddly. The time taken though will pay dividends and you will have some extremely good looking straps, and all without the need to paint them.

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External Set (32288)
Another two sheet set, which, whilst described as an External set and is pretty comprehensive. The majority of the parts appear to be concerned with the detailing of the various open panels with lots of new ribs and frames for hte internal structures. The airbrakes also have circular strengthening rings to fit around the lightening holes, whilst the chaff and flare boxes are fitted with new end plates. There are also a large number of parts to super detail the inner and outer wing fold panels, with pipework, ribs, brackets and panels. The undersides of all the pylons get the Eduard treatment too making them much more realistic, particularly if you want to have your model bare of weapons. Talking of weapons, there are [parts for these too, such as the Rockeyes, Mk82s and AGM-45s.

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Undercarriage (32359)
This single sheet set may be named after the areas its designed for, but in fact it covers more than that. Yes there are new panels, fixtures, brackets and other items for all three bays and their respective doors, but there are also new fixing rings, tie down points, pipework etc. for the main and nose wheel oleos. The main wheels also receive new brake details whilst the access doors/step interiors are almost completely replaced with new frames and steps.

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Conclusion
These sets provide a superb level of detail for the big A-6A Intruder. The etch work is excellent and even the pre-painted sets look great. Just choose how much or how little you wish to add. Im sure a Big Ed set will be released soon, providing all the sets in one package which does save a little money if you want to go the whole hog. Im more than happy to recommend these to all, although, you will need to have some experience of working with etched parts.


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