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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard F-35B Photoetched Detail Set for the Hasegawa Kit -- 1:72 Scale

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Earlier in 2018, Hasegawa released a new tool 1:72 scale F-35B kit, and in your reviewer’s opinion, it’s the best F-35B kit in any scale.  Yet, of course, I always say it’s possible to add MORE detail.  To those ends, Eduard has released a photoetched metal detail set for the STOVL version of the Lightning II.

This set contains two frets.  The first is a pre-painted fret containing 15 parts.  These provide new ejection seat side frames, the instrument panel (depicted as though the jet is powered up), side consoles, rudder pedals, the ejection seat headrest with canopy breakers, and other cockpit details.  The ejection seat harnesses/buckle mechanism, and ejection handles are all very nicely done, too.

The second fret is unpainted and features multiple and really important airframe details that will enhance a lot of features in the kit.  These include the louver assembly at the bottom of the lift fan, cockpit sills, canopy and windscreen details, landing gear bay details, landing gear wiring, and the scissors for the nose and main gear.

My only critique is that the instrument panel’s giant multifunction touch screen display (which for all intents and purposes IS the entire instrument panel) seems to have been given a bit of a generic look.  Sure – maybe I am expecting a little too much from the pre-painting process in 1:72 scale, and even from a few inches away it looks great.  But still, I would say there’s a few large displays to choose from (e.g., the moving map display which can occupy up to half the screen) and there’s maybe little too much yellow in there.  It’s not a color that I’ve seen much or at all in the F-35 display photos that I have studied.  

In sum, the quality of this set is excellent.  The photoetched metal production process and the pre-painting is both flawless and very detailed.  This set will bring some great, eye-catching details to your small-scale F-35B.  It is highly recommended.  When I build my Hasegawa F-35B, all of these parts will be used in my 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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