Eduard 1/48 B-26 Marauder Exterior Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||May 2007||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||B-26 Marauder Exterior Detail Set||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Beautiful detail update to the Revell-Monogram 1/48 B-26 kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$29.95|
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 dress up the classic Revell-Monogram 1/48 scale B-26 Marauder kit. In fact, this is one of several sets released for the Revell-Monogram kit, including an interior detail set with color-printed cockpit details and a bomb bay detailing set.
This set puts most of its attention into the wheel wells. You can see in the images of the photo-etched parts that this set provides interior details for each of the landing gear doors, provides structural frame details inside the wheel wells, improves the oleo scissor detail on each of the landing gear struts, and even provides brake lines.
Inside the main wheel wells, forward bulkheads are provided to replicate the back side of the engine firewalls. Several junction boxes and an oil tank are also replicated for each well.
This set also provides an oil cooler exhaust flap for each nacelle, and some nice cowl flap pedals that can be posed open or closed.
Each engine receives an ignition harness and a variety of other small details.
The set is rounded out with a variety of HF and VHF antennas, and even a windshield wiper for the bombardier's glazing.
While this set will really set off the detail in the Marauder 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!