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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard SE.5a Weekend Photoetched Metal Detail Set
Zoom Series; for the Eduard Kit -- 1:48 Scale

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The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was one of the most consequential British biplane fighters of WWI, often likened to the Spitfire of WWII in its impact in the conflict.  In 2017, Eduard began to release a line of SE.5 kits in 1:48 scale including the no-frills Weekend Edition versions of their SE.5a kits.  This zoom set seems to have been created for the Weekend Edition of the Eduard SE.5a, and this photoeched metal detail set is aimed at elevating the detail of your build.      

This partially pre-painted set contains 57 parts.  The quality of the photoetched metal parts themselves is exceptional – thin, precisely manufactured, and beautifully detailed. It is also a little bit different than the parts included in the ProfiPACK editions of the kit.  These parts will also work for either the Hispano Suiza or Wolseley Viper-powered SE.5s.

The pre-painted parts include the shoulder harnesses, lap belts, instrument panel, and instrument dial faces.  The pre-painted details of the SE.5a seatbelts are pre-painted with a precision far exceeding what most scale modelers could accomplish.  The parts also include optional early lap belts and later shoulder and lap belts.  The pre-painting manufacturing technique by Eduard often really blows me away, and this is no exception.  They nail details such as stitching and the fine metal grommets in the lap belt.  Other PE parts include additional cockpit details, from the trim wheel to the gun’s aiming reticle.  The finest of the fine parts here are the exquisitely depicted aileron and elevator actuators.  They are eye-wateringly delicate – and gorgeously made.  Just be careful with removal from the fret and subsequent handling. They will look awesome on the finished model.

Of note:  to achieve the raised instrument dial face effect, the pre-painted instrument dials themselves are individual parts that need to be glued upon the instrument panel.  It’s more work than most Eduard photoetched instrument panels, but it works.  Just be careful.  The smallest of these parts are really small!  Yet, alternative decals are supplied for instrument dial faces in the Weekend Edition kit itself.  If these tiny parts prove too tricky, you do have a backup.

Overall, the SE.5a Weekend detail set for the Eduard 1:48 scale SE.5a Weekend Edition Kit will make a great model even better, adding some rich elements to your model of one of the most important and consequential fighters of the First World War.

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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