Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Eduard F-35A Masks

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Eduard 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. 

Eduard F-35A Seatbelts Steel Zoom PE Set

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Eduard F-35A Seatbelts Steel Zoom PE Set
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 1 sheet of pre-painted, etched steel seatbelts and ejection pull handle. 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.

There is only one step to the instructions and the only kit modification is to cut off the ejection pull handle ring from the kit part 42F.  I cut a slot in the remaining plastic part and glued the Eduard ring into that slot to make a stronger joint.  The instructions show just gluing the ring on top of the modified kit part.  I also painted on a coat of Microscale Krystal Klear to the ring to give it more bulk so it didn't look so flat.  After the Krystal Klear dried, I put a satin coat over it to dull down the shine.  The pre-painted detail on the ring is much better than I could ever paint thus making the etched piece is a huge improvement over the kit piece.

Bf 109F-4 Weekend

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Bf 109F-4 Weekend
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a detail set for the excellent Bf 109F-4 (kit84146) from Eduard that I wrote up in a separate review. Another in the "Zoom" sets this includes the instrument panel, rudder pedals, seat harnesses and other small cockpit details. There are radiator faces for front and back, screens for the tropical filter and the actuator arms for the filter cap. One important addition is the tail reinforcement strips added to the "F" series aircraft after a structural weakness was revealed. Topping off the set are some details for the canopy and antennas.

As with all the Zoom sets I've used from Eduard this one is worth the instrument panel and seat harnesses alone. I used all but the tiniest parts and am really happy with the results. Highly recommended the addition to an already outstanding kit.

Thank you to Eduard for the sample and to IPMS for this forum to share it with you.

BLU-27 Fire Bombs Finned

Published: October 8th, 2017     
BLU-27 Fire Bombs Finned
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room!

Having built their Dash-60 Power cart earlier this year, I was aware of the quality of Videoaviation products... and this continues with this simple, effective set of two firebombs.

The BLU-27 firebomb set will produce two, Vietnam-era Napalm with stabilizing fins. The BLU-27 was utilized as an effective anti-personnel weapon during a war where the world was less concerned about environmental issues. Common employers of this weapon were the A-26, A-1, F-100, F-4, and F-105 (not so much when their mission changed later in the war). I don't know if these were certified for use on other aircraft.

F-35A Exterior Set

Published: October 8th, 2017     
F-35A Exterior Set
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 1 sheet of etched brass details for the exterior of the aircraft as well as details for the weapons and weapon pylons. There is an afterburner ring for the engine exhaust, ladder and ladder door details, refueling bay details, screens for the exterior and details for the weapons. 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.