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F-4J Interior SA Detail Set

Eduard 1/48 F-4J Interior SA Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2015 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject F-4J Interior SA Detail Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 49712 Media Photo-Etch
Pros Adds nice details to the Academy F-4J kit Cons See text
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $29.95

First Look

As you know, Eduard produces a wide range of aftermarket detail sets for aircraft, armor, and ship kits. When a new and noteworthy kit is released, Eduard will usually follow within a few months with one or more detail sets to enhance that kit. When Academy released its 1/48 F-4J Phantom II kit, Eduard soon followed with several nice enhancement sets. Here's the F-4J Interior SA Detail Set, let's take a look:

F-4J Interior SA Detail Set

In this release, Eduard has focused on the cockpit of the Academy 1/48 F-4J kit with two frets of photo-etched detail parts. As you can see in the image above, one features color-printed details and the other is an unpainted fret of details. The color-printed fret also has a self-adhesive backing so parts can literally be stuck directly on their locations in the cockpit, and those parts like the instrument panels that consist of multiple layers, these can literally be stacked on one another without worrying about glue oozing out of inopportune locations.

The one problem is the use of a light blue background color on the side consoles instead of something that matches the FS 36321 cockpit gray. This isn't a big problem as we show you how to fix this here.

This set provides new instrument panels, side consoles, canopy bow, sill, and lock details, rear-view mirrors, and more. This set provides a nice array of interior details except for the ejection seats which are addressed in this set.

This is another nice enhancement that will be easy to install in the Academy kit and help add additional fidelity to that nice kit. Using this set with the other releases from Eduard will raise the level of detail in this kit to a higher level.

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!