Eduard could never be accused of false advertising for labelling this
series "Big Ed".
This the first Big Ed set that I have examined close-up,
and I can assure you that it is big.
This Big Ed set is destined for Trumpeter's 1/32 scale
SBD-3/4 Dauntless kits. These are undoubtedly very good kits straight
from the box, but they are especially worthy of extra effort in this
scale due to their large, highly visible, multi-position cockpit; big
radial engine and complex dive brakes.
The Big Ed concept is simple - squeeze every possible
piece of photo-etched detail plus self-adhesive canopy masks into a
single package. In this case, the individual components are:
Canopy Masks in Eduard's
new yellow (and more flexible) material. Two sheets are supplied for
this big glasshouse canopy.
Exterior details - two
large photo-etched frets containing replacement cowl flaps, bomb
details, hatch details, bomb racks, wheel well parts and much more.
Engine details -
ignition harness and a myriad of details for the cylinders and the
Dive flaps - two big
frets in perfect scale (appropriately thin) with complete
replacement flaps. All those lovely perforations...
Early-style harnesses -
this is a colour etched fret with two lap harnesses. Fabric
renditions and stitching looks fantastic in this scale.
Rear cockpit - one
colour and three steel photo-etched frets extensively detailing and
replacing parts in the rear cockpit. The colour parts are mainly the
radio. The machine gun is also treated to comprehensive detailing.
Front cockpit - the
pièce de résistance including a beautiful colour instrument
panel and placards to bring the front office to life.
Eduard's Big Ed SBD-3/4 set will deliver an incredibly
detailed replica of the "Slow But Deadly" Dauntless. 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 Dauntless, this is the way to get
Thanks to Eduard for the review samples
Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 19 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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