Eduard 1/32 OV-10D Exterior Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||April 2015||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||OV-10D Exterior Detail Set||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||Adds nice details to the Kitty Hawk kit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$27.00|
As you know, Eduard produces a wide range of aftermarket detail sets for aircraft, armor, and ship kits. When a new and noteworthy kit is released, Eduard will usually follow within a few months with one or more detail sets to enhance that kit. When Kitty Hawk released its 1/32 OV-10D Bronco kit, Eduard soon followed with four nice enhancement sets. These are:
- 32368 OV-10D Exterior Detail Set
- 32830 OV-10D Interior Detail Set
- 32831 OV-10D Seatbelts Set
- JX177 OV-10D Mask Set
Let's take a closer look at the exterior detail set, and you can click on the links above to view the other sets for this kit.
In this release, Eduard has focused on the airframe of the OV-10D kit with two frets of photo-etched detail parts. This set includes new details for the nosewheel well, main gear wells and the interiors of the respective gear doors. In many cases the details are subtle in that they add rivet details to the inside walls and bulkheads but for the AMS modeler, that is a big improvement over blank plastic especially when these areas are enhanced with washes and weathering. In addition, the dorsal fuselage hump is given structural details to enhance the mount as well as the 'disco light' infrared jammer. The landing gear is likewise enhanced with brakelines and oleo scissor detail that can't be replicated in styrene.
The undersides of the external stores pylons also receive appropriate details and even the AIM-9 rails receive similar overlays to render realistic detailing. This set provides filler and inspection caps for the external fuel tanks as well as for the napalm cannisters. The ends of the rocket pods also receive overlays to provide needed details as well. The sides of the twin tail booms receive revised chaff/flare launcher panels.
This is another nice enhancement that will be easy to install in the Kitty Hawk kit and help add additional fidelity to that nice kit. Using this set with the other releases from Eduard will raise the level of detail in this kit to a higher level. I've been waiting tackle the Kitty Hawk kit but I didn't want to start without these sets!
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!