"Zoom" Photo-Etched Sets
109G-10 for Revell Kit
Reviewed by Brett Green
I like photo-etched metal parts for certain details including instrument panels, harnesses and grilles. Other details with a more three-dimensional appearance are often better dealt with using resin parts, brass/plastic rod or scrap plastic.
However, it seems that recently, after-market detail companies have gone out of their way to include every conceivable detail in flat metal. This has been partly responsible for the dramatic increase in cost of photo-etched metal detail sets. It also means that a large percentage of tiny and complex parts never leave the fret.
Eduard have returned to their roots with the introduction of the "Zoom" series of photo-etched detail sets.
Each set contains a single fret of photo-etched nickel parts, plus instruments printed on a sheet of clear acetate. The metal fret is 70mm x 50mm - about half the size of a regular Eduard fret.
Size isn't everything though - the details provided are very usable. The three sets I bought all contain the following:
The Bf 109G-10 and the Thunderbolt sets also contain cooler intake grilles.
Eduard have sensibly targeted these detail sets at less expensive kits. For example, the Revell 1/48 scale Bf 109G-10 is available for under A$10 here in Australia and remains a very nice kit. Combined with Eduard's "Zoom" fret, this represents a very inexpensive and well-detailed project.
I am delighted to see the return of simple etched detail sets. I will use virtually all of the detail supplied in these sets and, as such, they represent great value at less than A$8.00.
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