Eduard 1/32 Bf 109G-6 Interior Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||December 2006||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||Bf 109G-6 Interior Detail Set||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||Nice detail update to the Hasegawa kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
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.
When Eduard first introduced the acetate-printed instrument faces that go behind their photo-etched instrument panels, this raised the bar on model cockpit reality as you could almost read the time on the aircraft clock. How could they top that?
It took a number of years, but the answer is color photo-etch. Somehow Eduard has developed a process for printing color directly on their photo-etched parts such that now you not only can read the instrument faces, you can now see the color warning arcs around airspeed indicators and color reference circles around Luftwaffe flight and engine instruments.
In this release, Eduard has produced a set of photo-etched details for the Hasegawa 1/32 Bf 109G-6 kit. This set focuses on dressing up the kit's cockpit. This set consists of two frets of photo-etched details, one of which has color printing on them. You can browse through the high resolution images to the right (click on one to see the large image) to see how fine the color printing has become.
The details include a beautiful new multi-layer instrument panel, colored instrument bezels, cockpit side walls, throttle quadrant, trim whee1s, and gun sight details. Seat belts and harnesses are not included in the set. An acetate sheet is also included for the two part sight glass on the gunsight. Three sets are included, so you have plenty of spares. The pre-printed color on the instrument panel really make the cockpit come to life!
While this set will really set off the detail in the Bf 109G-6 kit, 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'tdifficult, or else these 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!