Eduard 1/48 Storm Shadow Set First Look
|Date of Review||May 2016||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||Storm Shadow Set||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||648222||Media||Resin, Photo-Etch|
|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 1/48 Storm Shadow cruise missiles. These are missiles developed by a UK-French-Italian consortium for use on Tornado, Typhoon, and the Mirage 2000. The Storm Shadow is essentially a subsonic, stealthy, turbine-powered cruise missile with a 1000 pound warhead. The UK first employed the Storm Shadow during the second Iraq war (2003) while Italy used the weapons in the Libyan intervention of 2011.
Eduard has rendered these missiles in gray resin with positionable wings (flight or stowed) and include photo-etched details. These missiles are highly detailed as you can see and include a set of decals for weapons stencils.
If you have the Revell 1/48 Tornado GR4 or one of the various 1/48 Typhoon or Mirage 2000 kits on your build queue, this is a distinctive addition to your loadout options.
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!