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A-10 Thunderbolt II Interior Detail

Eduard 1/48 A-10 Thunderbolt II Interior Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2007 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject A-10 Thunderbolt II Interior Detail Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 49377 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Provides a beautifully detailed cockpit for the Italeri kit Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $22.95

First Look

A-10 Thunderbolt II Interior Detail
A-10 Thunderbolt II Interior Detail

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 almost read 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.

In this release, Eduard has produced a set of photo-etched details for Italeri's 1/48 A-10 Thunderbolt II kit (reviewed here). This set compliments the Eduard Exterior Detail Set for this kit first look here.

This set consists of two frets of photo-etched details, one of which is printed in color. You can browse through the high resolution images to the right (click on one to see the large image) to see how fine the color printing has become.

The details include new color-printed instrument panel (properly sized for this kit), side consoles, new rudder pedals, and center pedestal. For the ACES II ejection seat, this set of course provides color printed seatbelts and harnesses, but it also provides new (and color printed) actuator handles and other nice details.

In addition, the set canopy frame detail with rear view mirrors, compass, and a completely new instrument panel coming and HUD frame.

While this set will really set off the detail in the Italeri kit, this detail set is not for the beginning modeler. You will need to be able to remove the photo-etch parts from their frets (simple once you know how) and then be able to apply these details using cyano adhesives without gluing yourself to the kit parts. It isn't difficult, or else these sets wouldn't be so popular.

You should be able to find this detail set at your local hobby retailer or one of the many online hobby shops. Trust me, this is worth looking for! I want to see if this set is also usable with the HobbyBoss 1/48 A-10!

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!

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