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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets
for the Kitty Hawk T-28C Trojan Kit -- 1:32 Scale

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The North American T-28 Trojan was one of the most important training aircraft for young U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators from the 1960s to the 1980s.  Today, many still fly as privately owned warbirds.  Kitty Hawk made a big splash with their T-28B/D kit in 1:32 scale (see our review HERE).  In 2017, they followed that up with a kit of the tailhook-equipped T-28C.  It is a good kit overall, but more detail can be added.  Eduard has produced four photoetched metal detail sets to these ends, along with a die-cut painting mask set for the Charlie variant of the Trojan.  Let’s take a look.

Eduard 32421 T-28C Exterior:  the kit exterior is okay, but it has areas in which there could be more detail or more accurate features.  This set helps out there significantly.  It contains 86 parts on one fret.  Major features include the engine ignition ring and wiring (really nicely done), new scissors for the main gear, engine air and oil cooler filter parts (with beautifully made screen mesh), new open left and right engine cowl flaps, details for the inside of the engine access panel, a new speed brake well, speed brake, and static discharge wicks for the wings and horizontal stabilizers.  It’s a great set, but the details for the bombs might be a little misplaced – the T-28C rarely if ever carried any kind of ordnance.  The air-to-ground syllabus was handled by different airplanes.        

Eduard 32422 T-28C Undercarriage:  the kit’s main gear wheel wells are okay, and pretty good for an injection-molded kit.  Yet, there’s a good deal of simplified detail in the kit’s gear wells particularly considering the spars and other structural members that pass through the roof and sides of the wells.  This set provides 54 photoetched metal parts on a single fret that really represents a complete main gear well replacement.  These details compare very well to my T-28C reference photos, and it looks quite accurate.  All you’ve got to do is add wiring and pipes.  This set really does provide a major improvement over the kit details. 

Eduard 32924 T-28C Interior:  The kit cockpit is not all that bad for some scale modelers, but for those builders that enjoy high level of detail, it is a bit of a letdown.  The kit cockpit features what I would consider to be “soft” and simplified detail.  Here, this Eduard set features one pre-painted fret (78 parts), an unpainted fret (25 parts) and a small clear acetate sheet.  You get parts for a total replacement of the kit’s instrument panels and side consoles, throttle quadrants, rudder pedals, the gun sight, rear view mirrors, and plenty of knobs, control handles, and other parts.  There’s also a set of replacement bucket seats, and they look awesome.  Also, the pre-painted instrument faces feature Eduard’s “raised glass” treatment that I like quite a bit.  The pre-painting, as usual, is very finely done, though the instrument faces are a bit more “representative” than “realistic” in nature.  Overall, this set will build into a great looking T-28C cockpit.              

Eduard 33190 T-28C Seatbelts STEEL:  This set features pre-painted shoulder harnesses, lap belts, and buckles.  The details are sharp, and as usual for pre-painted Eduard parts, look great.  In particular, the pre-painted stitching and shading effects are really nice and eye-catching.

Eduard JX212 T-28C Masking Set:  this die-cut masking set provides precision cut masks for the windscreen, canopy, and wheel hubs.  Not just handy or time-saving, these masks also translate into sharp, symmetrical, and precise edges on your clear parts and wheels.   

Any one of these photoetched metal detail sets will add some great features and depth of detail to your 1:32 scale Kitty Hawk T-28C Trojan.  In combination, they will really elevate your build in very important and noticeable ways.  Also keep an eye out for the Big Ed set that contains these sets, too.  When I build this kit, all of these sets will be incorporated into the project.

We extend our sincere thanks 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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