The Hobby Boss 1/48th scale kit of the MiG-17 series are THE kits of this fighter plane. The kit does have good detail but like anything, it can be improved upon. Included in this photo etch set are some major upgrades.
Packaged in the typical Eduard resealable package with card stock support. This pre-painted single nickel-plated photo etch fret features some prominent upgrades.
Most of the parts are designed for use in the cockpit. The biggest being the instrument panel. The instrument panel is a two-part affair with the instrument faces having glass like faces and over that is the visible panel with its various switches and buttons. On top of that there is a HUD for the gunsight. It is a single piece of photo etch that replaces the kit clear plastic part. Sidewall details are also provided.
Externally there are parts for various antennas, lights and if you want to wrap cannon muzzle brake. There are some details for the sliding track on the canopy and the canopy lever as well.
This set is very nice and will add some great detail to your model. The only thing missing is the seatbelts, but they are available separately on set FE1001. I understand the reasoning behind this. If you use an aftermarket ejection seat you won’t need them. So if you do you can just buy them separately
The new instrument panel and HUD alone makes this set worth the price of admission. The addition of the other parts is just a bonus. Another easy to use set that will greatly enhance your model.
Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or your local hobby shop or online retailer.