Eduard 1/35 MH-60G Interior Detail Set
|Date of Review||May 2007|
|Subject||MH-60G Pave Hawk Interior Detail Set|
|Pros||Nice detail update to the Academy/MRC Pave Hawk cockpit and cabin|
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 Academy/MRC 1/35 MH-60G Pave Hawk kit. This set focuses on the cockpit and main cabin interior.
This set consists of four frets of photo-etched details, two of which have color printing on them. 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 a beautiful new instrument panel, center console, overhead console, and the various circuit breaker panels. Seat belts and harnesses are also included in the set for the two pilots' seats. The pre-printed color on the consoles and panel really make the cockpit come to life!
In the main cabin, this detail set adds additional detailing on the floor with lug rings, fuel cell straps, minigun details, and a complete overhaul of the kits two 50 caliber machine guns. This detail set provides all new surface details for the guns, new air-cooled barrels, new handles, new ammo trays, ammo cans, and evel belts of ammo.
While this set will really set off the detail in the MH-60G 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!
Recommended for experienced modelers!
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!