Eduard 1/48 Wellington Mk.I Mid-Fuselage Interior Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||February 2007||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||Wellington Mk.I Mid-Fuselage Interior Detail Set||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Beautiful detail update to the Trumpeter Wellington||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
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.
This set consists of three frets of photo-etched details to supplement the kit details in the Trumpeter Wellington Mk.I kit. I doubt you'd want to go to much trouble for the mid-interior of the Mk.III release since the side windows are so small, but the Mk.I has those largewindows to allow you to show off your work!
This set picks up where the Cockpit Detail Set from Eduard left off, aft of the radio compartment. With all of that nicely molded interior geodetic framing inside the fuselage, for whatever reason the kit doesn't really address the actual interior details.
This set starts with a replacement framework lattice for the floor, then builds up the detailed wing main-spar carry-through structure.
The set carries on with a nice storage rack and plumbing for the crew oxygen system, details for the all-important 'honey bucket', and details for the rear turret to match the details provided in the cockpit set for the forward turret. The set concludes with details for the illumination flare rack and ejector chute.
While this set will really set off the detail in the Wellington 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'tdifficult, 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!