Eduard 1/32 F-100D Super Sabre Exterior Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||February 2008||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||F-100D Super Sabre Exterior Detail Set||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||Additional details for the afterburner nozzle and weapons||Cons||Additional access panels may detract from the surface appearance of the F-100 fuselage. Instructions are not color printed as in the past making it more challenging to follow the assembly and kit part modification sequences|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details. Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwise bland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch or two with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic.
When Eduard first introduced the acetate-printed instrument faces that go behind their photo-etched instrument panels, this raised the bar on model cockpit reality as you could almostread the time on the aircraft clock. How could they top that?
It took a number of years, but the answer is color photo-etch. Somehow Eduard has developed a process for printing color directly on their photo-etched parts such that now you not only can read the instrument faces, you can now see the color warning arcs around airspeed indicators and color reference circles around Luftwaffe flight and engine instruments.
Of all of these sets released for the Trumpeter kit, this is one that puzzles me a bit. Eduard has provided numerous access panels to be placed around the Trumpeter airframe to busy up the kit. Unfortunately, when you look at the F-100 up close, those panels may look like they aren't flush with the surface of the airframe, most of them are. Even as thin as photo-etched parts are, this is one time that they're still to thick to be an enhancement to the model
On the plus side, this set does provide a new afterburner flame ring for the spray assembly that goes inside the tailpipe. The set also provides nice mechanical details for the inside of the afterburner nozzle.
One detail that is addressed in this set is the tail skid and well above the skid. This set provides nice detail for the inside surface of the skid as well as boxes in the well area that is left untouched in the kit.
The set provides anti-static probes that trail off of the horizontal and vertical tails. Check your references to see if the aircraft you're modeling had these installed.
The set also provides details for the kit's AIM-9s and even filler caps for the external tanks.
You should be able to find this detail set at your local hobby retailer or one of the many online hobby shops. Trust me, thisis worth looking for!
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!