Eduard 1/48 MG 81Z Gun First Look
|Date of Review||July 2014||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||MG 81Z Gun||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Nicely detailed tires and hubs||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$9.95|
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. Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, but they'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up with a new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin. Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of color photo-etch as well.
In this release, Eduard has produced a nicely detailed MG 81Z twin 7.92mm machine gun set to up-gun your favorite Heinkel, Junkers (or whatever) bomber or patrol aircraft. This set consists of the twin-gun and frame plus a separate grip and trigger in gray resin plus three sets of rear gun handles in photo-etch (two needed, one spare). This is a simple upgrade for your project and provides the needed details should the aircraft you're modeling be similarly armed.
Recommended for experienced modelers!
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!