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Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Detail Set

White Ensign Models 1/48 Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Detail Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2009 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Detail Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number PE4802 Primary Media Photo-Etch
Pros This set provides a number of fine enhancements to the interior of Tamiya's 1/48 Storch kit Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (BP) £2.77 (Approx $4.50 USD)

First Look

White Ensign Models has been long-famous for its terrific line of resin kits and aftermarket detail sets for 1/350, 1/700, and other scale naval subjects. It was a pleasant surprise to see them branch out into 1/72 aircraft photo-etch detail sets several years ago, and now they've stepped into 1/48 scale aircraft details as well.

Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Detail Set

This set is targeted for the recent Tamiya 1/48 Fi 156 Storch kit which is a great model straight out of the box. When you look at these parts, you'll see that White Ensign Models has found a way to make this great kit even better.

Another new feature in this set is the instruction sheet - the instructions are illustrated with full-color photos. This will make the job of following the conversion steps much easier and clearer. Kudos!

Of course, the first thing any good photo-etch detail set is going to provide an aircraft subject is a nice set of seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. The stock kit is definitely in need of these. Many of the other details that this set addresses are enhancements really, not corrections. There is only so much fine detail you can replicate in styrene and details such as the stirrup-type rudder pedals, seat frames with lightening holes, trim wheels, throttle quadrant, etc., are usually represented with solid 'shapes'. For many modelers, these shapes still work with a little painting, but the AMS modeler wants more.

This set provides a new pilot's seat frame, seatbelts, shoulder harnesses, rudder pedals, control stick base, trim wheels, linkage chains, throttle quadrant, instrument panel, flap crank, and even defensive gun details.

If you want to enhance your Tamiya kit, this is a very inexpensive way to get that job done!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!