The Ju 88 is one of my all-time favorite aircraft. I especially like the night fighter variants. I recently picked up the new limited edition Hasegawa Ju 88G-6 "Berlin Radar" version and received this latest Eduard zoom set at the same time. This zoom set features the now standard color photo photoetch with self-adhesive backing for some of the photoetch. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; Eduard has this down to an art. All the colors are in perfect register and have a glossy sheen.
Following the instructions I removed the recommended raised details to prepare the surfaces for the self-adhesive photoetch. I then gave the kit interior surface a coat of Tamiya German gray, I find this to be a good match for RLM 66 in 1/72. I had previously masked off the surfaces that would receive the self-adhesive photoetch. I then dry brushed and pin washed all the surfaces to pick out the details, painted a few panels black, and then painted other details in silver and red. It was now time to remove the masked areas and add the self-adhesive photoetch. They were very easy to apply but I applied tiny amounts of super glue to lock them in permanently.
It was now time to move on to all the other photoetch bits such as seatbelts, pedals, and levers. I mostly build 1/72 so I am used to small parts, but I found the tiny photoetch levers for the left console especially challenging. Some flew thru the air as I cut them from the photoetch frames to never be found again, while others launched from the tweezers as I attempted to attach them. All in all I lost half the levers to the carpet monster and places unknown. In the end the left console still looks busy enough with the remaining levers that did get attached. Once all of the photoetch was installed I sealed it all with a coat of my precious Aeromaster flat. You can see the results in the attached photos and judge for yourself. The Ju 88 G-6 zoom set really brings the cockpit to life, it was easy to use (except for the small levers), and is a cost effective way to bring more detail to your 88.
Thanks to Eduard and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.