Eduard 1/48 B-26 Marauder Bomb Bay Detail Set First Look
|Date of Review||June 2007||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||B-26 Marauder Bomb Bay Detail Set||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Beautiful detail update to the Revell-Monogram 1/48 B-26 kit||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.
This set consists of two 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 an exterior detail set.
This set focuses on the interior of the bomb bay. You can see in the images of the photo-etched parts that this set provides interior details for the bomb bay doors, front and rear bulkheads, and along the sides of the fuselage walls.
On the forward and aft bomb bay bulkheads, this set provides new crew access hatches and structural details. Switch panels, handles, and various other brackets busy up both ends of the bomb bay nicely.
On the bomb bay doors, not only does the set provide a laminate overlay in photo-etch, it also provides the actuators and hinge details as well.
The set also provides replacement fins and fuses for the kit bombs.
Rounding out the set, new photo-etched bomb racks are provided with detailed shackles. It would almost be a shame to hang bombs in there.
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!