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TF-104G Starfighter Detail

Eduard 1/48 TF-104G Starfighter Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2006 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject TF-104G Starfighter Detail Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 49368 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Beautiful detail update to the Hasegawa TF-104G Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $22.95

First Look

TF-104G Starfighter Detail
TF-104G Starfighter 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.

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 beautiful Hasegawa 1/48 TF-104G Starfighter kit.

This set consists of two frets of photo-etched details, one of is printed in color. 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 new instrument panel details (front and back), side consoles (ditto), gun sight, and canopy frame details. The instructions also have a modification to narrow both ejection seats to their correct scale width.

In addition, the set provides new details for the landing gear (including brake lines) and an interesting modification - an open (and empty) braking parachute door. Take a look at the color instructions for more information.

While this set will really set off the detail in the TF-104G 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!