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Victor K.2/SR.2 Update Sets (for Airfix A12009) 1:72

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Victor K.2/SR.2 Update Sets (for Airfix A12009)

1:72 Eduard

 

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Released after the original B.2 kit, the K.2/SR.2 edition gives the modeller easy access to build the later tankers, and the strategic reconnaissance variant in addition.  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 (73645)

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, in the more modern pale grey.  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! Set (SS645)

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.

 

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Exterior (72678)

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 two boomerang-shaped splitter-plates that fit between part H36, H37 and the wingroot.

 

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K.2/SR.2 Airbrakes (72679)

Supplied on a single brass sheet, this set provides skins for the majority of the air brake surfaces, adding rivet and panel detail, as well as lightening holes in abundance.  A little detail needs removing before construction, and the Y-shaped part of the actuator ram is removed and replaced by a folded-up hollow piece with a substantial improvement in detail.  The air brakes themselves are also skinned, again increasing the level of detail immensely.  If you're planning on displaying your model with the air brakes open, then this is the ideal set for you.

 

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Masks K.2 (CX529)

Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy and wingtip lights.  In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort.

 

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Masks SR.2 (CX530)

Broadly similar to the set above for the K.2, but with additional panels for the reconnaissance pack.

 

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