Eduard BRASSIN, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Michael Drover
Eduard's 1/48 AIM-4D Missile Set is available online from Squadron.com
The Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) is a targeting pod developed for modern aircraft. Sniper introduces a new level of target identification by providing autonomous tracking, GPS coordinate generation and precise weapons guidance from standoff distances.
The Sniper pod arrives in the standard Eduard blister pack moulded in their standard grey resin that I’ve found handy when assembling their kits and accessories. Seven resin parts make up the pod with three of this being clear resin.
Construction of the pod is relatively straight forward. The rear etch piece is attached to the body of the pod. A separate fairing is attached to the upper section of the pod. Following this the rotating head can then be attached. This separate piece will allow the builder to position the head in way they like. Probably the trickiest part is the installation of the clear parts for the pod. Eduard suggests bevelling the edges of the clear parts at an appropriate angle so no gaps appear at the edge of the clear components.
Perhaps a tricky but certainly not extending the techniques by any stretch of the imagination.
This is the second Sniper pod that Eduard has released after their specific kit aimed at the Harrier which included the correct mount. An hour or so at the bench should see this assembled in quick time. Well done Eduard; and to the modeller, go get one.
The Academy Su-27 has been around for a long time and many detail sets have been released for it. Aires, Cutting Edge, Dream Model, KMC and others have released cockpit sets for the kit and now Eduard has joined the club.
The kits is made up of three major parts. The instrument panel is a separate piece made of any an instrument film overlaid with a piece of colour photo etch so no painting is required. The K-36 ejection seat is multi part affair made up of resin and etch components. Once painted and completed this will be a real little jewel. The final component is the cockpit tub with the main tub, rear bulkhead and control making up the majority. The completed instrument panel then sits at the front of the tub.
No suggestions are made to modifying the Academy kit plastic to accept the set and I don’t have the kit to compare. The minimal pour stubs indicate that modifications to the kit or resin parts will be minimal.
Finally the kit includes standard Eduard assembly instructions and paint suggestions are from the Gunze Aqueos/Mr Color range.
Not much more can be said about how nice this set is. This Su-27 cockpit will be able to be shown off to it’s full effect here. With the recent Hobbyboss and Trumpeter Su-27’s, it may be suitable for those too with some minor work?
TERMA pod is used by the RAF on the Tornado and the Harrier when it was in service. This particular model, though not stated, was used by the Harrier during Operation Herrick when deployed in Afghanistan.
The set consists of the main body of the pod and a rear body section that has what looks to be a set of radar warning receivers molded in place.
A coloured etch sheet completes the pod.
Several TERMA pods have been released in recent years and Eduard have now come along with their very nice version. The etch additions will give it a suitably busy appearance for a small item and considering it’s only a two part build it should be built very quickly. This would be ideal for a RAF Harrier. Recommended.
Each of these sets is supplied with the standard Eduard instruction sheet.
Thanks to Eduard for the samples and images.
Review Text Copyright © 2016 by Michael Drover
Page Created 7 December, 2016
7 December, 2016
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