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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets
for the Tamiya F4U-1D Kit -- 1:32 Scale

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The Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1D is an exceptional kit (see our review HERE.  Along with the other Tamiya 1:32 scale Corsairs, these are among the best injection-molded kits ever made in your reviewer’s opinion.  There’s not a lot of shortcomings in detail or accuracy, but, certainly, various elements of the kit can be enhanced with aftermarket details.  To these ends, Eduard has released some photoetched detail sets to add extra features to the Tamiya F4U-1D.

First, let’s look at 32412 – the F4U-1D Exterior Detail Set.  This set of thin photoetched brass contains 81 perfectly manufactured parts.  Most of the these parts are dedicated to inboard and outboard wingfold details, including new bulkhead surfaces, gear well surfaces, replacement scissors for the tailwheel, and a good deal of fine PE representations of wiring in the wingfold.  Normally for 1:32 scale, I’d always recommend making your own plumbing out of lead wire or solder with a cylindrical cross section, but these items are so fine in 1:32 scale that I really do think the flat PE parts here do the trick and they will look great.  Overall, the added level of detail is impressive, and will elevate the kit’s great wingfolds into something really excellent.  Other items in this set include some fuse details for the bombs and the HVAR launching/ignition wires.     

Next up:  32413- the F4U-1D Engine Set.  This offering consists of two frets containing 164 PE parts to add to the already excellent detail present in the kit’s Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine.  There’s plenty of small parts in this set, but take your time and the reward will be significant.  For example, you get PE parts representing the fine ignition wiring for each cylinder, and they really look nice.  Also included are all various cylinder head details and the many clamps that appear on the exhaust stacks.  If you depict the cowl flaps open, this set has detailed parts to represent the inside of each the cowl flap surface in addition to PE cowl flap actuators.  The actuators will be time consuming to build as they’re small assemblies made from three PE parts each, but the finished products will look great.  For some reason, the detail here for the cowl flap interiors is your reviewer’s favorite part of this particular set – it’s thoughtful, accurate, and precise attention to something that could go overlooked.  Also, if you choose to swing open the engine access panels on your big Tamiya Corsair, the edges of the kit panels are decently thin (good for an injection-molded kit) but still visibly over-scale.  This set provides four PE doors complete with their inner framework.

Moving to the cockpit, 32915 is the F4U-1D Interior Set.  There are two frets here (one mostly pre-painted fret and one unpainted fret) totaling 124 parts by my count.  This set provides a new instrument panel, side consoles, sidewall details, and lots of other items such as the seat adjustment lever, rudder pedal surfaces, rear-view mirrors, the fire extinguisher holder, interior wiring, and the canopy frames.  There’s also parts for the individual switches on the side console that are attached to a single plate, bent upwards 90 degrees, and then from underneath the side console panel are slid upward into position.  I’ve used similarly tooled parts before from Eduard, and getting the right angle can be tricky as the tolerance for the switch position/angle is pretty tight.  Once worked in there, the projecting switches look great.  Finally, and perhaps most important, Eduard is now using a new manufacturing technique for instrument panels.  The finish a mostly flat black (still a bit of a sheen), but they now have added pre-painted clear instrument glass effect.  In the past, I would always have to cover my Eduard instrument face parts with several thick coats of Future applied via airbrush.  Now, that is no longer necessary. This clear glass effect looks really great.  What a great effect!  

Closing out this detail set roundup is 33180, F4U-1D Seatbelts STEEL in Eduard’s Zoom line.  It consists of seven parts on one fret.  The shoulder harnesses and lap belts are beautifully pre-painted, right down to the elegant representations of stitching along with a very subtle shading and layered depth effect in several spots.  The lap belt assembly looks quite accurate to me, right down to the separate parts for the latching clasps.  These are FAR superior to the kit’s PE harnesses and belts which are, at best, basic in comparison.      

In summary, there’s a theme that has emerged while discussing these detail sets – you can use them to further enhance 1:32 scale Tamiya F4U-1D from an excellent kit to something that can border on extraordinary.  When I build my -1D, every single one of these pieces of PE is going into that build.

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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