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P-39D Airacobra Landing Flap Detail

Eduard 1/32 P-39D Airacobra Landing Flap Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2007 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject P-39D Airacobra Landing Flap Detail Set Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32180 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Fine details to enhance the Special Hobby 1/32 kit Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $24.95

First Look

P-39D Airacobra Landing Flap Detail
P-39D Airacobra Landing Flap 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.

This release dresses up the already beautiful Special Hobby 1/32 P-39D Airacobra kit. While the kit is nice, there are limits to what one can do with detailing in styrene. This detail set allows the AMS modeler to tackle some of those areas with pre-fitted details.

The set start off by clearing out the flap wells and thinning the trailing edge in this area. This new design from Eduard eliminates the previous work required to assemble the flaps and flap wells. Instead of soldering or gluing each rib former into place, the ribs are already attached to their baseplates. Simply remove the assembly from the photo-etched fret, bend the ribs over and twist per the instructions, and fasten down the tips with either solder or cyano, whichever you prefer.

This new technique eliminates a great deal of anxiety and tedious work required by earlier flap and flap well sets. These new designs are a terrific bit of engineering to make modelers' lives much easier. Kudos to Eduard for developing this much-needed enhancement!

This set will really set off the Special Hobby Airacobra kit though 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 elsethese 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!

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!