First of all – Eduard has learnt the lesson and the sprues now contain all parts you need to build the kit without PE parts. In other words – the pilot’s seat bulk head is there in plastic, so in case this kit gets released in the economy Weekend Edition, you won’t face any troubles with a missing part.
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I was quite impressed by today’s Eduard moulding technology. The kit contains parts with super fine details (pilot’s stick or the stitching on control surfaces) as well as details which will save you a lot of time or money as you won’t need to buy a resin replacement – yes, the exhaust pipes are hollow.
They are crystal clear. Not super thin, but thin enough to show cockpit details even with closed canopy. The fish eye effect is barely noticeable for the bubble top part. The razor back part suffers from it a little bit more, but it is still acceptable for such a relatively small and complex part.
The main sheet has been printed by Cartograf and this is one of the few places in this review where I can use the word “flawless”. The two other and smaller sheets with stencils have been printed by Eduard. The quality of the print is very good, most of the labels are readable.
The build and painting guide follows Eduard’s high standard as we know it – fine paper, printed in full color. What got my attention is Eduard approach to distinguish between individual steps different among the fuselage and marking options. Although printed as one issue, the assembly guide contains two full sets of instructions. That means no side notes for all the little tine differences you can barely spot and thus highly reduced risk of using a wrong part on a wrong place. Thumbs up!