Tamiya's 1/48 scale Lancaster may be getting a bit long in the tooth,
but it is still a spectacular kit in terms of size. It is also quite
accurate, but its 30 year old vintage is betrayed by the relative lack
of detail, especially the interior.
Eduard has turned its attention to this big kit with an
equally big detailing effort - five photo-etched detail sets for the
cockpit interior, exterior and bomb bay.
Each set is available separately, so you can choose to
add as much or as little detail as you prefer.
Let's take a look at each of the sets:
Eduard 49 034 - Lancaster Seat
For modellers who just want to add a single visible
feature to your big Lancaster, these pre-painted colour harnesses will
be an inexpensive and easy way to enhance your Lancaster cockpit. Six
sets of belts are supplied - five lap harnesses and one full four point
harness for the pilot.
The printed stitching detail is exquisite.
Please note that the "Zoom" and full interior sets do
not include harness straps, so you will want to purchase this set to
maximise the detail in those sets (reviewed below).
Eduard FE 371 - Lancaster Interior (Zoom set)
Tamiya's big Lancaster kit supplies a flat, plain
instrument panel with decal dials. This is clearly inadequate under the
Lancaster's large glasshouse canopy in 1/48 scale.
The Eduard Zoom set addresses this most obvious
shortcoming with a full colour flying instrument panel, plus the
side-mounted engine instruments. This sets also supplies a few
additional boxes for the starboard sidewall.
The panels are supplied as separate layers for the
instruments and the panel itself, delivering a convincing
The printed detail is just extraordinary. You feel that
this is a miniaturized version of the real thing.
Your Tamiya Lancaster will greatly benefit from the
installation of this marvelous colour photo-etched set.
Eduard 49 371 - Lancaster Interior
For an even more complete interior, Eduard set number 49
371 includes the instrument panels fret mentioned above, and adds a
second colour fret with equally impressive radio detail.
But wait - there's more! Three more large frets,
in fact, providing a copious amount of additional detail for the seats,
the gun turrets, fuselage sidewalls, bomb aimer's dome and canopy
Click the thumbnails below to view larger
Eduard 48 564 - Lancaster Exterior
The main focus on this set is the wheel wells, but
additional parts are included for detailing the turret exteriors, the
tail wheel strut and small antennas. Other useful exterior details
include photo-etched grilles for the Merlin engine radiators, and guards
for the supercharger intakes.
This set will really spruce up the exterior of your
Eduard 48 565 - Lancaster Bomb Rack
If you are planning to display your bomb bay, this set
will be very welcome. Two large photo-etched frets supply delicate bomb
mount detail for your bomb bay.
Eduard's new family of photo-etched detail set will deliver a
detailed replica of the Lancaster in 1/48 scale. It is especially nice
to see this much attention paid to an older, but fundamentally decent
I wonder if Eduard have any other similarly worthy
veteran model subjects in mind - Monogram's B-17G perhaps?
You'll want to
allocate plenty of time and have a few photo-etched sets under your
belt, but if you want a super-detailed Lancaster, this is the way to get
Thanks to Eduard for the review samples
Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 05 April, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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