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Eduard BIG SIN Essential Set for the Eduard Tempest Mk. V w/Early Wheels -- 1:48 Scale

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Eduard’s 1:48 scale new-tool Tempest Mk. V Series 1 has been a hit with reviewers and popular with builders (see our review HERE).  Eduard has also released a series of detail sets for this kit.  Here, we look at the BIG SIN offering for the early production (Series 1) Tempest Mk. V.  It packages together four of these detail sets in a bundled, single offering with the aim to save the buyer some money in the process.  

Eduard Brassin # 648416: Tempest Mk. V Cockpit:  This set is designed to be a drop-in replacement for the kit parts.  It consists of 56 cast resin parts, one fret consisting of 18 photoetched metal parts (some of which are pre-painted), three clear acetate parts, and one small decal sheet.   

The quality of this set is excellent.  This cockpit set is a model in and of itself.  The details are rich and complex while the casting is flawless (no defects, warping, or other problems).  Some of the thinner and larger parts (cockpit tube frames) are cast above a large casting block and are connected by dozens of fine pour gates on each side of the part.  It’s a clever way to cast (and have removed) thin, delicate resin parts.

As just mentioned, this is a complete cockpit replacement, and you get the instrument panel, cockpit floor, the pilot’s seat, the armor plate behind the seat, and canopy decking.  There’s also the full set of steel tube frames that are part of the sidewalls and cockpit floor section.  Many of the parts in this set are really quite small (and quite nice, of course), and include the control column, throttle, trim wheel, gunsight, and lots of other fine details.

The photoetched parts are really great.  The major elements on this fret are the shoulder harnesses and lap belts which are pre-painted and feature ultra-fine stitching and shading details.  I have pretty good eyes (still) and I was squinting to make out some of the finer details here.  The other PE parts represent smaller cockpit elements such as small handles and knobs.  The cast resin instrument panel is very nicely done but does not feature any raised dial details.  While that might disappoint some of the detail painters out there, the decal sheet contains some very nicely printed instrument panel decals for these details.  Gunsight glass is represented by nice and thin clear acetate parts.

Eduard Brassin # 648418: Tempest Mk. V Exhaust Stacks:  This cast resin set includes two parts:  an integrally cast left and right set of exhaust stacks for the Tempest.  They look great and indeed improve significantly upon the kit parts.  They are designed to be drop-in replacements and their detail is great, down to the weld lines and recessed exhaust port faces.
 
Eduard Brassin # 648420: Tempest Mk. V Wheels Early:  This set includes a set of early production, wider-diameter wheels with the five-spoke configuration along with a cast resin tailwheel.  The accuracy and casting is great.  The Dunlop imprimatur is very well represented on the tire sidewalls (even on the tail wheel) as are other tire seam and sidewall details.  There’s also a nice pre-cut self-adhesive masking set to make the paining of the wheel hubs a breeze.

Eduard Brassin # 648977: Tempest Mk. V Landing Flaps:  One potential critique with Eduard 1:48 scale Tempest is the fact that the landing flaps are integrally-molded in the “up” position.  Here, this photoetched metal set consisting of 61 parts solves this problem.  Following some surgery that removes the kit flaps, this set steps in to provide the upper and lower flap halves in some pretty impressive detail. 

Overall, this is a great bundle of four sets that saves the scale modeler more than $25 had they purchased these sets individually.  The degree of detail that this BIG SIN set provides is just about unbeatable. 

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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