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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets for the
Kinetic F/A-18D 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-18D.

Eduard 49916 - F/A-18D 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.

Eduard 48960 - F/A-18D Exterior:  as mentioned, the Kinetic kit has some great exterior details, but Eduard pushes the envelope a bit further.  Here, a single fret provides 65 parts are that include a replacement boarding ladder well and boarding ladder, the refueling probe door, various exterior vents, the intake boundary layer plate, chaff and flare dispensers, all the low-voltage formation (or slime) light frames, and bulkhead details for both the nose gear well and main gear wells.  It all looks quite good, accurate, and impressively made.

Both of these items will bring a great deal to your 1:48 scale Kinetic F/A-18D, 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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