|Date of Review||November 2011||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Pros||Beautiful detail update for Tamiya kit||Cons||Instructions (see text)|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$23.00|
Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details.Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwisebland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch ortwo with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic. Such is the case with Tamiya's latest masterpiece, their 1/32 P-51D Mustang.
This set is a complete seat belt and shoulder harness unit for the P-51D and features color-printed photo-etched parts complete with stitching details in the belt material. The set also includes the mounting brackets, adjustment and buckles as separate parts, which mean you'll be threading the photo-etched straps through those buckles and brackets. The instructions walk you through the process. While this may seem to be a bit of work, remember that what looks fine as an integral belt and strap in 1/48 scale looks unrealistically flat in 1/32, so these details will add dimension as well as posability to your pilot's seat.