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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail and Masking Sets for the Kitty Hawk F-5E Tiger II Kit -- 1:32 Scale

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In 2018, Kitty Hawk made some major waves with the release of their 1:32 scale F-5E Tiger II kit.  It represents the best F-5E kit in 1:32 scale, really outdoing the previous Hasegawa kits in key ways (though there are some glitches) that you can read about in our review HERE.  Yet, there’s areas where more detail can be added.  For example, Phase Hanger has now produced full-length intake trunking (completely absent in the kit).  Eduard has also issued a few sets of their own to improve on the kit, and here we take a look at Eduard #32426 F-5E Exterior, Eduard #32930 F-5E Interior, Eduard #33201 F-5E Seatbelts STEEL, and Eduard #JX220 F-5E Masks.

Eduard #32426 F-5E Exterior:  This set contains two unpainted photoetched metal frets with 117 parts between them.  A lot of attention is paid to the undercarriage, with detail parts for the nose gear well, various nose gear details, the main gear disk brakes and main gear plumbing and brake lines, and full replacements for the nose gear doors.  There are also parts for the afterburner flame holders, the insides of the afterburner cans.  Another highlight of this set are the replacement doors and interior frames of the auxiliary air-intake blow-in doors (the mid-fuselage louvered slats).  Other parts provide more detail and accuracy for the underwing pylons and Mk. 84 and Mk. 20 bombs.

Eduard #32930 F-5E Interior:  The kit cockpit is not too bad, and it does represent an improvement over cockpit details in past Kitty Hawk kits, but this Eduard set is the way to go if you seek a detailed and accurate cockpit.  Here, you get 48 parts on a pre-painted fret and 39 additional parts on an unpainted fret.  The pre-painted parts provide complete replacements for the instrument panel, side console panels, throttle quadrant, map case, various handles, levers, data placards, and ejection seat details.  The pre-painted details are really gorgeous, and the individually painted dial faces look quite accurate and have been treated with the Eduard “raised dial” effect.  The second PE fret has a lot of details for the open gun bays, most prominently the replacement photoetched metal ammo chutes for the gun.  These are far superior to the injection molded gun bay parts in the kit.          

Eduard #33201 F-5E Seatbelts STEEL:  the kit comes with photoetched metal shoulder harnesses, but they struck me as a little basic and maybe even a little over-scale.  This set provides seven pre-painted parts for the shoulder harnesses and belts, complete with very fine stitching details and some shading effects.  They look great and compare very well to my references.    

Eduard #JX220 F-5E Masks:  To make the painting of your windshield, canopy, and wheel hubs a lot easier and stress-free, this set provides pre-cut self-adhesive masks to these ends.

Individually, any one of these sets will bring some very nice additional detail to your Kitty Hawk F-5E.  Used together, they will significantly up the level of detail and accuracy in this kit.  When I build mine, all of these sets will be used in this project.  

Sincere thanks are owed to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany     

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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