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Wellington Landing Flaps

Eduard 1/48 Wellington Landing Flaps First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2007 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject Wellington Landing Flaps Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48549 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Beautiful detail update to the Trumpeter Wellington Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $24.95

First Look

Wellington Landing Flaps
Wellington Landing Flaps
Wellington Landing Flaps

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 set consists of three frets of photo-etched details that provide intricate details inside the flap wells and the flaps themselves. The basic Trumpeter Wellington kits (both the Mk.IC and Mk.III versions) provide the flaps molded separately so that they can be positioned up or down. While most folks would be happy with the flaps provided as-is in the kit, the AMS modeler knows that the geodetic framework that makes up the rest of the aircraft was also used in the wells also. Unfortunately, injection-molded styrene cannot (yet) render these type of details.

Eduard to the rescue - these three frets of photo-etch provide new flaps, flap well structures, and the various other detailsfor the operating mechanism.

While this set will really set off the details on the Wellington 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't difficult, 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!