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Eduard Colour Photoetch
Selected Roundup, Jan 2007

 

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number, Description, Scale & Price 1/48 scale

Eduard 49 357 - MiG-23 Flogger Interior
Eduard 49 366 - Spitfire IXc / XVIe for Airfix
Eduard 49 368 - TF-104G Starfighter Cockpit
Eduard 49 373 - Wyvern S.4 Interior
Eduard 49 374 P-39 / P-400 Airacobra for Hasegawa

1/32 scale

Eduard 32 164 - Bf 109 G-6 exterior for Hasegawa
Eduard 32 570 - Bf 109 G-6 interior for Hasegawa
Eduard 32 589 - Bf 109 G-6 seatbelts for Hasegawa
Eduard Zoom 33 015 - Bf 109 K dashboard for Hasegawa

1/24 scale

Eduard 23 007 - Bf 109 G-6 placards for Trumpeter

all available online from Eduard's website

Contents and Media: Prepainted and/or unpainted photo-etched detail parts. Interior sets usually have a printed acetate sheet for gun sight lenses.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Outstanding detail; virtually impossible for modellers to match the authenticity of the printed colour parts.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: All Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook


Eduard continues its prolific release schedule with a number of recent releases in all scales from 1/144 to 1/24.

We have a small selection here for examination. All the sets are supplied in colour pre-painted or unpainted photo-etched metal, with interior sets usually including a printed acetate sheet for gun sight lenses:

1/48 scale

Eduard 49 357 - MiG-23 Flogger Interior

Italeri has recently re-released the 1/48 scale MiG-23 Flogger, a fundamentally decent kit with a wide range of marking options but let down by its basic interior and details.

Eduard has helped address these shortcomings with a beautifully detailed colour photo-etched cockpit set.

 

 

This set virtually replaces the entire front office, with highlights being the turquoise instrument panel and sidewalls, and the intricate blue harness. A must for anyone building the Italeri MiG-23.


Eduard 49 366 - Spitfire IXc / XVIe for Airfix

The recent Airfix Spitfire looks more like a relic from the 1980s (or even earlier) in some respects. This is a shame, because the fuselage is probably the best shape of all Spitfire kits currently available in 1/48 scale

Eduard's new photo-etched detail sets redresses many of the omissions and shortcomings in the cockpit and also exterior detail areas. The cockpit gets a comprehensive workover, with colour instrument panel, harness, throttle assembly, supplemented with an all-new (unpainted) seat, bulkheads and cockpit door. The exterior is spruced up with new gear doors (cleverly presented in three layers), radiator flaps and faces, oleos and much more.

This will be a major facelift for the basic details of the Airfix 1/48 scale Spitfire.

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Eduard 49 368 - TF-104G Starfighter Cockpit

No harness this time, but modellers will be delighted with the colour side consoles, bristling with detail, plus the two instrument panels for the Starfighter trainer.

Canopy rails and many other interior details are also included.

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Eduard 49 373 - Wyvern S.4 Interior

Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Wyvern is one of their best kits yet, and Eduard's photo-etched set will look great in this worthy donor model.

Eduard supply colour instrument panel, side console and harness plus ejector seat pull-handles and additional tiny printed details. Larger structural elements of the cockpit are provided on a larger, unpainted fret of photo-etched parts.

 

 

The Wyvern featured a black cockpit, but Eduard has chosen to paint their interior parts in dark grey. This is a reasonable compromise between absolute authenticity and the possibility of actually seeing any detail inside the small cockpit opening. Let's call it "scale black"!


Eduard 49 374 P-39 / P-400 Airacobra for Hasegawa

This is another major rework, with most of the effort going into the cockpit with colour instrument panel, harness, placards, switches and handles, but many other details besides.

In addition, a significant amount of detail is added to the exterior, including oleos, radiator flaps and faces, bomb and drop tank details and much more.

This will make a noticeable improvement to the detail supplied in Hasegawa's kit.

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1/32 scale

Eduard 32 164 - Bf 109 G-6 exterior
Eduard 32 570 - Bf 109 G-6 interior
Eduard 32 589 - Bf 109 G-6 seatbelts
Eduard Zoom 33 015 - Bf 109 K dashboard

The first three of these sets will combine to add a wealth of detail to Hasegawa's excellent Bf 109 G-6 kit in 1/32 scale.

I especially liked the "stitched" lining to the wheel wells in the exterior set.

The colour photoetched parts in the interior set will be very prominent and worthwhile in this large scale. The individual bolt head detail on each instrument bezel, and the coloured engine instrument bezels, are just fantastic.

The harness is supplied separately in set number 32 589. Stitching is convincingly printed onto the harness straps.

Set no. 33 015 is a replacement for the instrument panel in Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Bf 109 K-4. Similar to other Eduard Bf 109 panels, this one features separate bezels and switches.

 

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1/24 scale

Eduard 23 007 - Bf 109 G-6 cockpit placards

Even in 1/24 scale many of these placards for the cockpit of Trumpeter's Bf 109 G-6 are tiny. Even so, many (if not most) are readable.

 

 

These placards will have a larger impact than their size might suggest as a finishing touch for a superdetailed cockpit in this larger kit.

All Recommended.

Thanks to Eduard for the review samples


Text and Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 January, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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