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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Big Sin Liberator GR Mk. V (for the Eduard/Hasegawa kit) -- 1:72 Scale

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The Eduard limited edition kit Riders in the Sky 1944 featured the Liberator GR Mk. V, easily one of the most impressive kits we have seen in 2018 (and see our review HERE)    Eduard also released a number of super detail parts set in their Brassin product line for the Hasegawa B-24 and their Liberator Mk. V, including en engine set, wheels, bomb bay doors, turbochargers, and a rocket projector set.  Here, they are all bundled together (at a savings to the customer) in a very impressive Brassin Big Sin set.  Let’s see what we’ve got.      

The contents of this Big Sin set includes Eduard #672170 (B-24 Wheels), Eduard #672171 (B-24 Engines), Eduard #672172 (B-24 British 250lb. Depth Chargers), Eduard #672177 (B-24 Bomb Bay Rocket Projector), Eduard #672178 (B-24 turbochargers), and Eduard #672183 (B-24 Bomb Bay Doors).

Starting sequentially with the wheel set – the kit wheel parts in the Hasegawa kit are okay, but these single-piece resin castings are exquisite.  The set comes with 11 parts:  two different nose wheels with two different hub styles, the main wheels, two different styles of main wheel hubs, and the mudguard for the nose wheel.  Casting fidelity is breathtaking, especially for 1:72 scale, from the beautiful diamond tread to the hub bolts and the Goodyear imprimatur on the tire sidewalls.  There’s a small photoetched fret providing six additional parts covering hub details and the mudguard attachment linkages.  This set also features a pre-cut-self-adhesive masking set to facilitate a clean and easy effort when it’s time paint the tires and the hubs.

The B-24 Engines set features eight cast resin parts and 80 photoetched parts.  It provides four complete Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp powerplants.  These are single piece castings, and they are rather eye-watering replicas – just lovely, detail, rich, and accurate.  The engine is cast up against the firewall, and they should just drop onto the kit nacelle with no problem.  The PE parts take care of the all of cylinder wiring details, and they are appropriately small and delicate parts in 1:72 scale.  Just awesome!   

Depth charges were carried by the Liberator GR Mk. V in the antisubmarine role, and the British 250 lb. Depth Charge set provides six of these munitions for the scale modeler.  Each depth charge is a single-piece casting and features very fine detail.  There’s also a small decal sheet printed in-house by Eduard that covers the markings on each of the individual depth charges.

Perhaps the most unique feature seen on the Liberator GR Mk. V was the installation of an unguided rocket-dispensing rack in the Liberator’s bomb bay.  These were one of the other key sub-killing tools used by these airplanes.  This set includes 28 cast resin parts and a PE fret containing 44 parts.  Twelve of the resin parts are for the bomb bay rack, and the rest of the 16 parts are single piece rockets.  The Eduard kit does include parts for the rocket projectors, but these are light-years better in terms of fidelity and quality of detail.  

The B-24 turbocharger set is the simplest of all the items in this Big Sin package, and the turbocharger for each engine is provided as a beautifully cast single-piece part that will simply drop into the kit when they are cut off from their casting block and cleaned up.

The final set of parts here are the B-24 Bomb Bay Doors.  Here, you get four resin cast doors and another eight parts (door cogwheel mechanisms).  The multiple riveted rows on the exterior door surfaces are amazingly well cast and very fine.  The Door interiors are very nice as well.   

The only shortcomings I can identify are the fact that a few of the rocket bodies seem ever-so-slightly warped, but a little hot water should be able to straighten them out.  There’s also the word “FRONT” on the inside of the bomb bay doors, and I’m not sure you’ll see that in the completed model, but it is a curious feature that I don’t think was there on the original bomb bay door interior.  It’s probably something I will fill and sand smooth.

In summary, this Big Sin detail set will make a wonderfully detailed kit extraordinarily detailed – in the right hands, we’re talking masterpiece level!  It also provides these individual sets together at a lower price than if they were bought separately.  If you enjoy working with aftermarket detail sets, you will love this set.  This Big Sin set is nothing less than inspiring.  Have no doubt - when I build the kit, the Big Sin parts will be centerpiece of 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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