Cockpit Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Published: April 13th, 2019     
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Reviewed by: 
Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard
Price: $26.95
Product / Stock #: 32916

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 frets arrived in excellent shape in an easily opened re-sealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The frets are color-laminated for the instrument panels and relief-etched polished brass for other details. The parts are crisply executed. Color instruction sheets are included in the package, and Eduard has the same instruction sheets available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, especially the ability to enlarge the details on my computer screen.

The entire set is extremely well detailed. The end result is excellent! I am very pleased with how everything turned out. I did not find any significant discrepancies in my research of the full-size version represented in the kit. Most of the challenges I had with the set related to my mistakes and skill level. The small handles and levers were difficult for me to work with, so keep your tweezers sharp and your magnifiers clean! Many of those small parts are color-laminated on one side only, so place color side out to the visible side, or paint the part. The seat rails were very tricky to fold per spec and I did not find the instructions particularly helpful in this area. The back plate (wider one) separated and broke off from the narrower folds. I glued the larger piece into the cockpit tub first, then the rails. Plan for this, so you do repeat my mistakes. Another issue was with part 33, the right side rail interior detail. In order to get part 33 in, you must also trim off the round socket on part C12, the right fuselage half. The instructions show that there is material should be removed, but it was not clear to me that the kit socket for kit part F57 should also be removed and replaced. The canopy modifications were a bit frightening for me (fear of damaging clear parts) but the final effect turned out to be very satisfying. I am very pleased with how this excellent set came together.

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

  • In the package (back)
    In the package (back)
  • In the package (front)
    In the package (front)
  • PE fret detail
    PE fret detail
  • PE fret detail
    PE fret detail
  • Panel parts before assembly
    Panel parts before assembly
  • Panel Complete
    Panel Complete
  • Front and back of “pen-etched” relief
    Front and back of “pen-etched” relief
  • The interior framing replacements
    The interior framing replacements
  • Completed view of all parts before fuselage assembly
    Completed view of all parts before fuselage assembly
  • Completed view of cockpit before fuselage assembly
    Completed view of cockpit before fuselage assembly
  • Interior details
    Interior details

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