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Su-17M4 Update Sets (for Hobby Boss)

1:48 Eduard




After years of no new tool Su-17/22 we've now got plenty of choices, with Hobby Boss's new offering a nice kit.  Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner.  Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point.  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.



Interior (49855)

Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass.  A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; ejection seat details including cushions and leg restraints; coaming instrumentation including HUD (with acetate glazing) and canopy internal structure and sills also supplied.






Zoom! Set (FE855)

This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above.  Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements.






Seatbelts STEEL (FE856)

In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting.  Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE.  As well as the set of crew belts, you also get a set of the pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency.







Exterior (48931)

This larger bare brass set contains some important upgrades, such as delicate new afterburner ring, with scrap diagrams showing how they should be arranged; a host of sensors and aerials under and over the nose; splitter plates at the wing roots; access panels along the spine; static wicks on the flying surfaces; more in-scale wing fences and wing details; a set of chocks for the mainwheels; pitot probe fins and filler caps for the fuel tanks.






Masks (EX561)

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. 






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