Eduard 1/48 GBU-8/B HOBOS First Look
|Date of Review||April 2014||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Pros||Nice details||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$15.00|
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 rendered a pair of GBU-8 HOBOS bombs. The GBU-8 Homing Bomb System (HOBOS) is a Mk.84 2000lb bomb with a contrasting TV sensor unit on the nose and a guidance fin package on the rear. The TV sensor was 'locked' onto a target and then released to guide to the target. The HOBOS was used in Vietnam and usually carried by the F-4 Phantom II.
This set includes two full-up GBU-8 weapons cast in gray resin plus a pair of clear resin lenses for the noses. A set of weapons stencils are also included to provide the realistic markings for these bombs. If you want a unique loadout for your Academy F-4C/D project, hang a pair of these on the inboards.
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!