Eduard 1/48 'Follow Me' Jeep Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||September 2007||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||'Follow Me' Jeep Detail Set||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Beautiful details to really set off Hasegawa's 'Follow Me' Jeep||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
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.
In this release, Eduard has provided an interesting detail set for Hasegawa's beautiful 1/48 scale 'Follow Me' Jeep (reviewed here). While that kit looked pretty nice straight out of the box, this set will resonate well with Jeep lovers and AMS modelers alike.
The first thing Eduard addresses are the front and rear bumpers. The C-beam looks nicer in photo-etch thickness and even has a pair of attachment brackets to the chassis. The rear oval bumbers are likewise enhanced as photo-etch. The set also provides a skid plate to replace the molded-on (thick) styrene plate.
The engine fan, radiator details, ignition harness, and even battery cabling are provided to dress up the details under the hood. In fact, the set provides some of the stiffeners and brackets that actually belong on the underside of the hood.
The interior is likewise upgraded with a new instrument panel (with acetate instrument faces), foot pedals, and switches. The radio rack gets a MAJOR overhaul with new radio boxes and detailed faces.
The set is rounded out with a variety of brackets and frames to hold the pioneering tools, folded-down soft-top frame, fuel cans, and even windshield details.
As you can see in the instructions, each step is nicely laid out to show where the new parts go and, when applicable, where a little surgery is required.
You should be able to find this placard set at your local hobby retailer or one of the many online hobby shops. Trust me, thisis worth looking for!
Recommended for experienced modelers!
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!