Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109G-6 Photoetch (Zvezda)

Published: October 21st, 2017     
Bf-109G-6 Photoetch (Zvezda)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I found it unique that Eduard, who produces what can be argued as the best G-6 in 1/48th scale, would produce a set for its prime competitor the Zvezda Bf-109G-6. But not being slighted Eduard has done just that. An update set for the Zvezda kit.

The Zvezda kit features a completely exposed engine, should you choose to display it that way. Having built Zvezda's Bf-109Fs I can say that the fit or the G-6 is also incredible as is the detail. I elected to show mine off once I built it up with the Eduard parts.

This set features two frets of photoetch. One is pre-painted and the other is brass. The pre-painted one is designed primarily for the cockpit. The instrument panel is a thing of beauty. The dials can be read which is much better than I can paint.

The brass fret has parts for the engine area and the flaps. The Zvezda kit has the flaps molded closed, but the fret allows you to build the flaps in any configuration. This fret also has some detail for the engine and engine bearers. These additions look great.

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter STEEL Seatbelt

Published: October 20th, 2017     
WWII Luftwaffe Fighter STEEL Seatbelt
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The one thing that is a visual interest in a cockpit are the seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. Regardless of what type of aircraft the first thing you see when you look inside the cockpit are the seatbelts.

Eduard has been trying to perfect the use of photo etch seatbelts from the very beginning. Their latest efforts are really nice. This fret includes enough seatbelts for FOUR single engine Luftwaffe aircraft. The STEEL seatbelts are very thin and bendable. The fret is .002 thick and realistically pre-painted. The paint is shaded and looks very realistic. I was able to bend them without the paint coming off which can sometimes be an issue with thicker belts.

If there is a downside, it is that the belts are only painted on one side, but depending on how you bend them they won't be an issue.

The fret is a bargain with enough parts to do four aircraft. If you are going to buy one thing to add to your model, be it a Bf-109 or FW-190, then this would be that set. Another winner from Eduard. Highly recommended!

F-35A interior

Published: October 19th, 2017     
F-35A interior
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for the Italeri 1/32 scale F-35A Lightning II kit. This set contains 2 sheets, one is pre-painted and the other is etched brass. Details are included for the seat and cockpit area of the jet. The instructions are the normal Eduard instructions with clear drawings showing where the PE parts go and what details need to be removed from the kit plastic parts.

The first step of the instructions covers the seat. There are details to add to the parachute housing and the controls on the side of the seat. You have to supply your own 1mm plastic rod (or equivalent) for the side of the parachute housing. This step also has you replace the kit PE rudder pedals with new ones that also add some detail to the rudder bar.

Next up is the instrument panel. Eduard replaces the kit decal for the all-glass instruments with a pre-painted PE piece. I did have to file down the corners of this piece to get it to fit within the cockpit coaming on the top fuselage piece. I just filed it down to match the plastic piece (27D). The other pieces fit fine and really add detail that I would not be able to paint.

F-35A Masks

Published: October 18th, 2017     
F-35A Masks
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Although the canopy is not complex, it needs to be masked both inside and outside. The frame lines are faint in some areas and using the Eduard masks make the job much easier. There are 10 individual pieces for the inside of the canopy and 6 for the outside. All follow the frame lines, are easy to place and fit perfectly

The EOTS sensor cover on the bottom of the aircraft is also covered in the Eduard set. This piece has molded frames, but once again, they are inconsistent in how sharp they are molded. The pre-cut masks again fit perfectly and are easy to place.

Eduard also includes masks for the wheels so you can paint the tires in whatever black you want to use and then apply the mask and paint the wheels. Once again, these fit perfectly to the kit wheels. There is also a mask for the landing light.

This masking set is a great timesaver and I would highly recommend it to anyone building the Italeri 1/32 F-35A. I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS for giving me the opportunity to use and review this mask set.

F-35A Seatbelts Steel Zoom PE Set

Published: October 18th, 2017     
F-35A Seatbelts Steel Zoom PE Set