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Victor B.2 Upgrade Sets - for Airfix 1:72

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Victor B.2 Upgrade Sets

1:72 Eduard

 

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Since its announcement this kit was the source of much excitement, and now it is on general release it seems to be popular, with supplies selling out quickly.  A good kit can always been improved however, which is where Eduard excel.  They have released five new sets for the kit, and as always you can pick and choose which ones you want, or your budget dictates.  As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between.  Eduard's resin sets 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.

 

Interior Set (73578)

Starting with adding a full set of crew seatbelts, this set consists of two nickel-plated and pre-painted frets, with all the instrument panels replaced with laminated panels with painted details.  The seats also get ejection handles, headbox details and rear structural frame, throttle quadrants for the pilots, additional instruments where they are missed from the kit, and detail skins to the footwell at the crew exit.  The sidewalls are also detailed with additional instruments for good measure.

 

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Zoom! Interior Set (SS578)

Just the pre-painted and nickel-plated sheet (on the left above) is included in this budget set for those only concerned with the main instrument panel and the seats visible through the glazing.

 

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Exterior Set (72638)

A large brass fret contains a full set of detail skins for the three gear bays and their bay doors, plus wiring looms to detail them further, and various additions to the gear legs themselves.  This will require a portion of the moulded-in detail being removed beforehand, but this is fairly minor work and shouldn’t take too much effort.  The final parts are some replacement/additional antennae and panels on the exterior of the airframe, plus a tail-cone insert that is inserted after removing the raised rim on the kit part.

 

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Resin Wheels(672143)

Containing eighteen rein wheels (yes, 18!!!) plus a resin mudguard for the twin nose wheel, which once liberated from their casting block are a drop-in replacement for the rather detail-free and sink-mark prone kit items.  The detail is superb, especially in comparison to what’s in the box, which seems to be a weak point of an otherwise godo kit.  As well as the wheels you get a set of wheel masks to allow you to paint the hubs cleanly, and a small sheet of red decals that are applied to the rear of the mudguard part.

 

Apologies for the stock picture, but I forgot to take a shot of the real thing before sending them to my colleague Paul for his build here.

 

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Masks (CX471)

Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape.  In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort if you didn’t already replace them with the set above.

 

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