Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AC-47 Gunship Interior S. A.

Published: March 6th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Interior S. A.
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

The set is made up of two frets: one brass and one tin printed self-adhesive. First let’s look at the brass one, it mainly supports the mini-guns and ammo boxes with just a few parts for the cockpit and forward cabin pieces. Next the printed tin fret, it’s loaded with radio faces, console panels, and the instruments panel. It also has a complete set of seat harnesses and assorted placards. My sample arrived in perfect condition and included an easy to understand fold out instruction sheet.

The Build

Starting in the forward sections; cockpit and radio room. First the kit parts require a little plastic removal and land scrapping. The new radio faces and instruments panel fit perfectly as did the rest of the smaller items The hardest items to contend with were all the small levers and control knobs. The rudder pedals turned into a nightmare of photo-etch payback, but I managed somehow. The pilot seats received a makeover complete with seat belts. The ammo boxes look pretty decent but are over engineered.

A-6E TRAM Interior Zoom

Published: March 5th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Interior Zoom
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard offers their photoetch in a couple different formats for those that haven’t had the pleasure. They offer the Big Ed sets which are full meal which include multiple frets, masking sets and many, many parts for those that want the ultimate detail on their kits. They also offer the sets in groups which include multiple frets for specific areas such as interiors, wheel wells or exteriors. Lastly, they offer “Zoom” sets which are one fret of colored photoetch to address, usually, cockpits. This set is one of the latter and addresses the kind of barren cockpit in HobbyBoss 1/48 A-6E TRAM kit which is already a wonderful kit. The set consists of one colored photoetch fret with excellent instructions which included a multipart instrument panel, multiple parts for the ejection seats including belts and other parts to address the side instrument panels and boxes.

AC-47 Gunship Exterior Photoetch

Published: March 5th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Exterior Photoetch
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

I love brass, it complements plastic models so well that I use it on almost all my builds. This set covers several deficiencies specific to the Gunship version found in the old but excellent Monogram/Revell AC-47 plus minor generic items. Set includes upgrades for; the tailwheel bay, window vents for the mini-guns, gas-caps, main landing bulkheads and access panels, engine ignition harness, oil cooler screens, prop governors, exhaust pipe embellishments, brake lines, new main landing gear cross braces, tail cap off plate, several smaller panels, lots of antennas and a very cool boarding ladder.

The Build

This is a great set and some minor plastic modifications were needed but nothing major. The set is so easy to use the hardest part of the process was removing the pieces from the fret. Everything besides the landing gear cross braces and boarding ladder were as simple as scrape off the old and glue on the new. The landing gear cross braces were the trickiest item and it wasn’t that bad.

AC-47 Gunship Landing Flaps

Published: March 5th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Landing Flaps
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

Nothing beats Eduard’s brass, like the slogan says “Best Brass Around” and I’m a believer. The large sheet of shinny brass photo-etch is a work of art and could be matted, framed and hung on the wall as such. My sample arrived in pristine condition with a comprehensive fold out instruction sheet.

The Build

The set is well designed but the work required is tedious straightforward bending and folding delicate parts. However you must keep in mind the small bass fold connections will work-harden and break if you overwork them with adjustments. Each flap assembly is made up of a flap-bay and the flap itself. There are two inboard and two outboard flap assemblies. They’re held in the open position with small brass linkages. Extreme care is required when removing the parts from the fret. The model kit required plastic surgery to accept the new flaps, it’s a relatively simple process of cutting out the plastic flaps and thinning the inner sides of the mating halves. I had no problems worth mentioning and all the parts look and fit great.

British 50 Gallon Fuel Tank with Rack for Spitfire

Published: March 3rd, 2016     
British 50 Gallon Fuel Tank with Rack for Spitfire
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun