Published on
November 4, 2015
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$39.95
Product / Stock #
8127
Company: Eduard - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Eduard - Website: Visit Site

I have always liked the look of this British WWI fighter and this kit is the best available version on the market.

In the box is:

  • 4 sprues molded in light grey
  • 1 film sheet
  • 1 photoetch parts sheet
  • 1 masking sheet
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprues are well molded with only very minor flash, well positioned ejector pin marks. The detail is very fine and crisp. The panels are all great. The instruction book is great as usual for Eduard kits. There a few parts on the sprues that are no required for this build and are full defined in the instruction sheet. There are a few optional assembly decisions that you should make before you start and this is based in the aircraft version you want to build. I went with version D.

Construction

As with most aircraft the construction begins with the cockpit which is extremely well detailed. The only issue I found was that the cockpit was not too easy to install and you have to be careful during this stage. The photo etch parts add a lot of realism to the cockpit especially the seat.

The next stage of assembly of the fuselage and here you have to ensure you remember to drill out the holes indicted instruction.

Next is the wing assembly, I decided to paint most of the aircraft and parts at this stage as it would be more difficult once the wings were all assembled. The wing alignment and angles are very important and you would be advised to use a jig of some kind to assist in the correct assembly which I did.

The undercarriage is next and I found that the holes in the lower wing through which the undercarriage passes needed opening up.

Your next decision is which if any bomb load you want to use. I selected the smaller bombs which I did notice that the small bombs part number D1 had sink marks that needed filling. The bomb racks were also Photo etched parts and added a nice finish.

Next build is the gun ring assembly which I did find needed the hole in part number C9 opened up.

The last and most complex stage is the rigging, no rigging wire was included in the kit so I used a mix of Easy Line and fine gauge wire.

I finished the painting and the decals were all installed.

Summary

This is an excellent great model of the Bristol F.2B fighter and the finished kit looks great on my desk as work.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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