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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets for the
Kinetic F/A-18B Kit-- 1:48 Scale

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In the opinion of many, Kinetic’s 1:48 F/A-18A/A+/B/C/D series of kits have supplanted the Hasegawa family of Legacy Hornets as the best in this scale.  While I am still quite fond of the Hasegawa Hornets, the Kinetic F/A-18s do feature much better engineering and lots of great detail, especially regarding the aircraft exterior as well with its great set of external stores.  Yet, I would argue there are some shortcoming and problems with the kit’s cockpit.  Here, we look at a pair of Eduard detail sets that aim to rectify these issues in Kinetic’s two-seat F/A-18B.

Eduard FE 917 F/A-18B/D Seatbelts STEEL:  the kit’s SJU-17A ejection seat is pretty good.  The seat pads feature no molded-on detail (that’s a positive in my opinion), and photoetched belts are provided in the kit.  Yet, there are two major problems.  First, I would say the kit’s PE shoulder harnesses and lap belts are basic to the point of being somewhat inaccurate and they are missing various details.  Second, the PE fret included in the issue of this kit with parts to build an F/A-18B appears to be the same fret as the single seat F/A-18A/C and there’s only one set of belts are provided.  Whoops!

Eduard comes to the rescue with this ZOOM set with their pre-painted photoetched Steel set that provides 22 pre-painted parts.  Overall, it looks great.  The harness colors are in the olive drab range and that works.  There’s even stitching detail and shading/shadow effects.  The only thing missing here are the blue leg restraints.  Sure, it might be an oversight, but if you are using PE belts to begin with, it is likely well within your skill level to easily fabricate your own. 

Eduard 49915 F/A-18B Interior:  The Kinetic Legacy Hornet is a winner when it comes to exterior details, but the kit cockpit always left me a little underwhelmed.  Again, Eduard provides a game changing level of detail for the kit’s cockpit.  This set features one pre-painted fret with 59 parts and an unpainted fret with another 21 parts.  One sheet of clear acetate provides two sets of parts for the combined HUD glass.  For both the front and back seats of the F/A-18B, you get a complete set of cockpit instrument panels, all the multi-function displays, instrument gauge clusters, and full side console replacements.  Other parts include the HUD frame and ejection seat handles.  It’s a major step up from the kit.  The canopy sill, interior canopy frame, canopy locking lugs, and rear-view mirrors are also included.  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 atop the instrument dial faces to various warning indicator panels, the arrays of switches, knobs, and other details.

Both of these items will bring a great deal to your 1:48 scale Kinetic F/A-18B, and for the most accurate cockpit, I do suggest using both of these detail sets together. They will make a significant difference.

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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