Eduard 1/35 Humber Scout Car Mk.I Exterior Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||March 2008||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||Humber Scout Car Mk.I Exterior Detail Set||Scale||1/35|
|Pros||Exterior detail set for the Bronco 1/35 kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$14.95|
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 producedwith 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.
In this release, Eduard has really steps up the exterior detailing of the Humber kit. If you haven't looked, the Bronco Models 1/35 Humber Mk.I kit is a beautiful bit of work and has lots of details inside and out. With all of that detail, why would you need a set like this? The answer is simple, many modelers would be quite satisfied with the kit out of the box, but many AMS modelers recognize that many of the details are just too thick, not because of any fault of Bronco Models, merely there is a limit to injection molding technology. That is where Eduard excels. This set compliments Eduard's Interior Detail Set reviewed here.
This set replaces the styrene stowage racks and even the overhead sliding hatches with photo-etch. This provides much more realistic thickness to the parts to make the kit appear to be in scale in thickness as well as size. In addition, the set has lots of fender brackets, tool storage brackets, and engine compartment details.
To help show off that detail, the kit also provides a photo-etched multi-part hood assembly which can be build removable or even posed open to show off those nice details inside.
The instructions clearly show you how and where everything goes together. Plan on taking your time and plan on taking some time to get all of this together as this is not a project for an evening or a weekend (unless you're really experiencedand have the right tools).
When you're done however, your Humber will look great and you can display the interior open with pride. This set is definitely recommended for the experienced modeler!
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!