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Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets for the
Tamiya F-16C/N Agressor/Adversary Kit-- 1:48 Scale

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Tamiya’s 1:48 F-16 series of kits have been around for more than a decade.  They continue to rank as some of the best kits Tamiya has ever produced and still represent the best F-16s in 1:48 scale.  In late 2018, Eduard released three detail sets and a pre-cut masking set for the Tamiya F-16C/N Aggressor/Adversary issue of this kit.

Eduard FE 930 F-16C/N ZOOM:  the kit cockpit is quite good, but certainly, PE parts can really up your game regarding F-16’s interior.  This Zoom set features one pre-painted color fret containing 30 parts and one sheet of two clear acetate parts for the HUD glass.  You get a complete cockpit instrument panel, both MFDs, and full side console replacements.  Other unpainted parts include the HUD frame and rudder pedals.  Eduard’s usual high level of detail is seen in every part in this set, from the precision-painted instrument dial faces with the raised clear surface effect to various warning indicator panels, the arrays of switches, knobs, and other details.

Eduard 49930 F-16C/N:  the aforementioned ZOOM set provides just the “basic” interior details, but this set contains additional material for the airframe as well.  Here, you’ll find the same PE set and clear acetate parts as in the ZOOM offering, but added is an additional unpainted fret consisting of a whopping 239 parts.  Put another way, there’s a lot here!  More than 60 of these additional parts provide the inside surfaces of the afterburner nozzle and look a whole lot better than what is provided in the kit.  You also get a really excellent replacement flameholder.  Additional cockpit detail are provided, from the various ejection seat details to the to the ejection seat frame, the data recorder behind the ejection seat, the cockpit sill and canopy locking lugs, aft canopy gasket seal, sidewall details, the armrest, and the “spider” canopy actuator device.  External details are also provided covering various grills, the avionics cooling vent, the face of the M61 cannon, really nicely done static wicks, and drop tank and AIM-9 details such as the the missile hangars to the rolleron assemblies.  Perhaps most importantly are the “beef-up plates” absent in the kit.  Different blocks have different plate configurations, and this set explicitly provides the wing root and spine reinforcement plates that are present on the Block 25, Block 30, and Block 32 jets.  That should be appropriate for the parts in the kit, but just make sure that your build corresponds to this range of production blocks.  Also, check your references – I am not entirely sure that F-16N fleet received the beef-up plates before the Navy retired the type.    

Eduard 49931 F-16C/N Undercarriage:  again, the kit’s gear and gear wells are good, but there’s definitely opportunities to add more detail.  Here, you get 32 parts on one partially pre-painted fret and one unpainted fret with 67 parts.  The set provides replacement nose gear and main gear well doors complete with inner framing, the aircraft’s battery box and battery box frame, and main gear well bulkhead wall and side frame details.  There are also the gear data placards.  Yet, to me, the real highlight of this kit are the tons of wiring.  I can appreciate this as someone who has on occasion done a complete wiring job on the F-16’s gear and gear wells.  These parts are not only accurate but are major time-savers, from the door actuators electrical lines to various wiring bundles and the MLG hydraulic lines.  The only things missing are the orange and black cable bundles that run along the edges of the main gear bay walls/ceiling trunks.  However, those would be elementary to produce for one’s self. 
        
Eduard EX 619 F-16C/N Masks:  this self-adhesive pre-cut masking set is for covering up the canopy, nose gear wheel hubs, and main gear wheel hubs.  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 a winner (depending on what the level(s) of detail you want to achieve) and will bring a lot of rich detail to your Tamiya F-16C/N.  If used in together, you have a winning range of accurate and important details for your Tamiya Fighting Falcon.  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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