Flaps for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

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Revell Fw 109A-8/R11
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Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The photoetch frets arrived in excellent shape in a sealed (and reseal-able!) plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. A color instruction sheet is included in the package, and Eduard also has the same instruction sheet available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, not to mention the ability to easily enlarge for my aging eyeballs. The required kit modifications are clearly indicated. I had no difficulties at all building up the larger PE parts and attaching them to the kit. Eduard has well-placed and designed fold lines to assist with the build-up. The etched fold lines helped very much with precise folding. The diagrams for modifying kit parts A10, D13 and D14 have before and after views. This is VERY helpful, since it would be very easy to get carried with too much “enthusiasm.”

A PE bending jig and associated tools is highly recommended for this set. Burnishing the “reverse relief” on the parts was best accomplished with a fine tip ball point on a thin mouse pad. A burnishing pen from my collection of Ancient Drawing Tools did not work as well as a BP pen.

In step 1 and 2 it appears that the trailing edge is also folded up with the ribs. The fold-up instructions for PE part 4 do not include any radius information for the curvature of the forward edge of the flap. I inferred that the radius is about 1.8 mm (0.071, 1/16 in.) from the width of PE part 3 that fit just under the curve. I suggest that part 5, one half of the center hinge pin, be installed after the other flap parts are completed. This will allow you to see where part 5 is located. I located and cemented part 5 using the instructions. It appears that the part position indicated on the instructions is one rib off.

Folding instructions are not always clear, so do spend a minute or two looking carefully at the parts to make sure the sequence is understood. The parts are very finely etched and you will only get one chance to fold. I sometimes found it more effective to separate folded parts and glue them together.

I highly recommend this set, for ease-of-use, accuracy, and value. Thank you again Eduard and the IPMS Reviewer Corps!


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