Eduard 1/48 F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Late First Look
|Date of Review||March 2015||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Late||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Choice of nosewheel hub types||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$10.00|
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 produced the main wheels and nose gear wheel for the Hasegawa and Eduard late model (F-104G/S) Starfighter kits. This set has the brake hubs molded separately which insert into the main wheels nicely. This set also provides two styles of nose gear wheel hubs which you can select based on photos of the subject you're replicating in your project. Of course this set also comes with a set of Kabuki tape wheel masks to make painting of these gems easy.
This set will cater to not only the intricate AMS modeler, but also the fledgling AMS modeler that isn't quite ready for all of those small parts.
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!