SE.5a Stretchers

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Eduard
Price: $9.95
Product / Stock #: 48915

These are Eduard's brass photoetch cable anchors for their new SE.5a kits. Eduard refers to them as stretchers, but they are simple anchors without any kind of turnbuckle or way to tighten cables. The package includes both single and double anchor points for the double wires on the SE.5a. Eduard supplies way more pieces than are actually required for the aircraft to make up for all of those that will be lost. The anchor point holes on the wings will need to be drilled out deeper for the length of the anchor, which will then fit neatly. The stretchers for 1/48 scale are extremely small.

The holes on the structures are much smaller than my smallest drill bit, a #80. The holes in the stretchers were too small for E Z Line, invisible thread, or 2 lb. fishing line. The only thing I found that would fit the holes is 40 gauge wire, which was difficult to install it as it is not elastic and is hard to get tight. Eduard suggested using thread from women's stockings, but this was way too small, almost invisible, and very crinkly.

Installing the structures was fairly easy as they fit nicely in the holes drilled out with a #80 drill bit. Using the wire, I found the easiest way to install the wire at the double locations was to loop it through both holes rather than tying separate pieces. The brass stretchers will be need to be painted the appropriate color.

When installed, the structures looked nice and appropriate for 1/48 scale, although probably still a little large. It was a real struggle to get the aircraft cables installed due to the need to use non-elastic wire. If an elastic thread could be found that fits the small holes it would make installation a lot easier.

Stretchers are a nice add-on to the SE.5a aircraft, but should only be attempted by patient, experienced modelers with good tweezers and ample magnification.

Thanks to Eduard for continuing to produce these nice add-ons and for supplying review samples to IPMS. 

  • Instruction sheet
    Instruction sheet
  • The easiest method was to loop the the rigging through both holes rather than tying separate pieces
    The easiest method was to loop the the rigging through both holes rather than tying separate pieces
  • Installing "stretchers" on the upper wing
    Installing "stretchers" on the upper wing
  • Installing cables
    Installing cables
  • Installed cable on the tail
    Installed cable on the tail
  • Completed rigging's double anchor points
    Completed rigging's double anchor points
  • Completed rigging on the underside of the upper wing
    Completed rigging on the underside of the upper wing
  • Cable installed on the underside of the tail
    Cable installed on the underside of the tail