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SBD-3/4 Dauntless BIG ED
Eduard, 1/32 scale



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Catalogue Number, and Description Eduard BIG3248 - SBD-3/4 Dauntless for Trumpeter 1/32 scale kit
Contents and Media: Prepainted and unpainted photo-etched detail parts for the interior, exterior, engine and dive brakes; canopy masks
Price: USD$104.95 available online from Eduard
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Spectacular detail; virtually impossible for modellers to match the authenticity of the printed colour parts; appropriate use of this media.
Disadvantages: Some experience working with photo-etched parts (plus patience) will be required
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to experienced modellers


Reviewed by Brett Green

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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 crank case.

  • 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 it!

Highly Recommended.

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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