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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets
for the Special Hobby Tempest Mk. VI Kit -- 1:32 Scale

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The Tempest Mk. VI was the final and arguably definitive production variant of this late war RAF fighter.  It was also one of the deadliest and fastest aircraft of WWII.  Special Hobby’s release of their 1:32 scale Tempest Mk. VI was very impressive on many levels and has much to recommend to it (though there is that misshapen nose, but that’s another story – see our review of this kit HERE).  The cockpit overall is exceptional for an injection molded kit, though the instrument panel leaves some detail to be desired.  One area where I critiqued the kit was the lack of separate flaps.  In these three photoetched metal detail sets, Eduard quite effectively attends to these issues.  

Eduard 33191 Tempest Mk. VI Interior ZOOM:  this set is a no-frills offering from their ZOOM line – cockpit parts only.  It consists of 52 (mostly all) pre-painted parts for the just instrument panel and other cockpit details.  There’s a very high level of detail here, and for 1:32 scale, it works very, very well.  The precision-painted instrument dial faces are treated with Eduard’s raised “glass effect” that looks great.  Other details include the instrument panel itself, gunsight, side consoles, throttle quadrant, trim wheel, a drift sight, and many other fine knobs and raised switches.  For just the instrument panels and side consoles, this set will add a ton of impressive detail in addition to all that the kit cockpit has to offer already.

Eduard 32926 Tempest Mk. VI
:  this set has two frets of photoetched metal parts.  The first features all the same parts in the ZOOM set.  The second fret is unpainted and contains 23 parts to build a new and more scale-accurate seat and seat frame (in terms of thickness and various enhanced details when compared to the plastic kit parts).  Other parts cover the cockpit sills, add detail to the cockpit’s rear decking, and there are clear acetate parts for the gunsight glass, too.  The only thing missing here to make this a “complete” cockpit detail set would be shoulder harnesses and seatbelts, and those are available through Eduard’s STEEL line (you can find them available separately at Eduard’s website HERE).

Eduard 32423 Tempest Mk. VI Landing Flaps
:  As mentioned earlier, one critique of the kit involved the lack of separate and positionable landing flaps.  Personally, when building a large-scale, highly detailed 1:32 scale kit such as the Special Hobby Tempest, I LOVE to have everything hanging out, so to speak, with engine access panels open, canopies back, and flaps dropped.  Addressing this latter point is this photoetched metal detail set consisting of 39 parts on one large unpainted fret.  To use this set, you will have to remove the kit’s landing flaps with a razor saw and these PE parts from Eduard will be your replacements. There’s lots of big parts here, plenty of hinge details, and lots of PE metal to be folded, so make sure you’ve got your favorite folding tool handy.  Yet, it’s a pretty straightforward detail set in my opinion.  All you need to bring to this party is some styrene rod to simulate the flap driveshaft mechanism. 

Any one of these photoetched metal detail sets will add some great features and depth of detail to your 1:32 Special Hobby Tempest Mk. VI.  In combination, they will really elevate your build in very important and noticeable ways.  When I build this kit, I’ll be using the full cockpit set and the landing flaps in my 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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