Cockpit Panel Details for the Kitty Hawk F2H-2 and F2H-2P Banshee

Published: May 9th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $19.95
Product / Stock #: FE809

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The photoetch fret arrived in excellent shape in a sealed plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The fret is 2.75 x 1.6 inches on polished metal with color-etched laminated details. Side consoles and instrument panel parts are provided for either a F2H-2 or F2H-2P. I worked up the -P version for this review.

A color instruction sheet is included in the package, and Eduard also has the same instruction sheet available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, not to mention the ability to easily enlarge for my aging eyeballs. The required Kitty Hawk kit modifications are clearly indicated, and I had no difficulties at all building up the larger PE parts and attaching them to the kit. Eduard has well-placed and designed fold lines to assist with the build-up.

My biggest challenge was part size. The PE metal folds well, but many smaller parts such as levers and handle were difficult for me to shape and attach properly. I sharpened my fine-point tweezers and that seemed to help. Of course this is not a criticism of Eduard, but a caution for someone of my skillset! The color laminated film had a tendency to delaminate from the metal at times, so fold carefully and secure the color part edges with a little ultra-thin cyanoacrylate. High-power magnification certainly helped, as did a very sharp #12 curved blade for trimming parts from the fret. I am very pleased with the visual effect. I particularly appreciate Eduard's research in accurately replicating the F2H-2P instrumentation.

I highly recommend this set, for ease-of-use, accuracy, and value. Thank you again Eduard and the IPMS Reviewer Corps!

  • Fret with acetate HUD material
    Fret with acetate HUD material
  • In progress with built up PE parts
    In progress with built up PE parts
  • In the package
    In the package