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RAF Insignia and Medals WWII

Eduard 1/48 RAF Insignia and Medals WWII First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2007 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject RAF Insignia and Medals WWII Scale 1/48
Kit Number 49044 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Beautiful detail update for any quarter scale RAF flight or ground crew figure Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $7.95

First Look

RAF Insignia and Medals WWII

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 introduced their color printing process on their photo-etch parts, they brought a whole new world of possibilities for model detailing. I really enjoyed seeing the two-sided color printing of their 1/350 US Navy carrier deck crew as there is now a level of fidelity that could not be achieved by hand previously.

This new release ventures into a new area for Eduard - photo-etched and color-printed insignia in 1/48 scale. This set provides a wide range of insignia found on RAF uniforms including service medals, specialist ratings, foreign (non-British) national IDs for the shoulders, and aircrew wings.

You'll have to know your medals (or take your best guess) as there is no printed guide provided to tell you which award is which. Nevertheless, these will add a very nice look to figures wearing more formal attire as well as those missing uniform details on standard aircrew kit.

There are enough details here to update a squadron of personnel, or at least several bomber crews.

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!