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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Detail and Masking Sets for the
Kitty Hawk F-101B Voodoo Kit-- 1:48 Scale

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In 2018, Kitty Hawk released their long-awaited 1:48 scale F-101B Voodoo kit.  It has a lot of strengths and some weaknesses (see our review HERE).  However you choose to go about building your F-101B, Eduard has now released a masking set and a series of photoetched metal detail sets to add a lot more detail on top of what the kit offers, from the front office to the engine exhausts.  Let’s take a look at it all.

Eduard FE 942 F-101B Seatbelts STEEL:  the kit comes with photoetched metal belts, and they get an “OK” grade from me, but compared to Eduard’s work, they are basic and now I’m not too sure about some of the shapes.  Furthermore, the kit’s PE lap belts are not separate left and right pieces.  Here, Eduard’s ZOOM set provides 23 pre-painted photoetched Steel parts that.  Overall, it looks great.  The harness colors look quite good and there’s Eduard’s typical stitching detail and shading/shadow effects that really work well.  The set also provides for various ejection seat placard and warning markings.

Eduard 48979 F-101B Exterior:  one of the highlights of the Kitty Hawk Voodoo involve its very nice exterior airframe details.  This set adds even more with some 75 parts.  Here, there are parts for adding wiring bundles and structural details to the nose and main gear wells, gear door interior surfaces and retraction linkages, and landing gear tie-down rings, electrical connections, and hydraulic lines on the gear.  To me, one of the highlights involves the details to fabricate brand new PE metal speed brakes (with properly hollow interiors) and speed brake wells.  Other details include various antennas, small airframe details, and the drop tank filler caps.

Eduard 49941 F-101B Interior:  Kitty Hawk has been continuously improving on their kit cockpit detail.  In the kit, instrument panel and side console parts are provided as low relief, unpainted photoetched metal parts.  They however do not hold up at all to Eduard’s cockpit detail parts.  Here, you get two frets (one mostly pre-painted, one unpainted) adding up to 89 parts by my count.  For the most part, you are getting a full cockpit detail replacement set with really nicely done instrument panels and side consoles.  There are also parts for the cockpit floor, console sidewalls, the throttle, rudder pedals, and various knobs, T-handles, map cases, and the gun sight.  Other PE parts in this set replace the kit’s rear ejection seat segments and ejection seat rail assemblies with much higher fidelity parts.  Canopy rails and better rear-view mirrors come in this set, too.  Also included are clear acetate parts for the gun sight and the clear divider between the front and rear cockpits.

Eduard EX631 F-101B Masks:  this self-adhesive pre-cut masking set covers up the canopy, nose gear wheel hubs, and main gear wheel hubs for precision painting.  As always, I am a huge fan of Eduard’s masks since the are so precisely made to provide the builder very successful and exact masking work along with saving a ton of time.

Every single one of these sets is excellent and will bring a range of great features to you Kitty Hawk F-101B.  If used together, you have a winning range of accurate and important details for your Voodoo.  When I build this kit, these details sets are ALL going 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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