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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Set
for the Great Wall Hobby F-15E Kit -- 1:72 Scale

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Great Wall Hobby appears to have produced an excellent 1:72 F-15E Strike Eagle which also happens to be their first-ever kit 1:72 scale.  Much of the great detail and insightful kit engineering that we’ve admired in their 1:48 scale F-15s carried over to this F-15, too.  However, there’s more detail and a few corrections that can still be considered, and Eduard appears to have thought of them all of in this new photoetched metal detail set.

Eduard’s set for the Great Wall F-15E comes on two frets.  The first fret is mostly pre-painted and contains 72 parts.  Most of these parts will find their way into the cockpit.  These span the pilot and WSO’s instrument panels, ejection seat shoulder harness, lap belts, and ejection handles, circuit breakers, and more.  Some of the unpainted parts on this set include two sets of rudder pedals and frames for the low-voltage formation lights on the nose and rear fuselage.

The second, unpainted PE metal fret contains 40 additional parts, and most of these are external airframe details.  Included here are detail parts for the inside of the Eagle’s big speedbrake.  While the kit has a decent speedbrake interior, it is simplified and marred by deep ejection pin defects. These Eduard parts will correct these problems.  While the afterburner nozzle actuating rods in the Great Wall kit are cast in an innovative, one-piece ring assembly, these plastic actuating rods are GROSSLY over-scale in thickness and detract from the otherwise nice F100-PW-229 nozzles.  Eduard’s replacement PE parts for these rods are of a perfect scale thickness and are attached to the central ring that is seated at the back end of the nozzle.  These 15 rods per afterburner nozzle simply fold down into place (of course, just make sure your alignment for the rods is established before gluing the mounting rings in place).  It’s a great way to design these parts, far better than how most other aftermarket manufactures represent these actuating rods – that is, as individual PE parts.  This fret also has a great set of afterburner flame holders, nose gear well door details, various small air intake grill details, and the inside of the continuous surface running from the back of the windscreen to the entire canopy sill.  This part also features attached rear-view mirrors, canopy locking hooks, and the WSO’s grab handles.    

In sum, this is a beautifully made PE set that will go far to enhance your Great Wall 1:72 scale F-15E.  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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