Thanks to Eduard for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.
This set improves on the fine detail of several exterior areas: the radiator and oil cooler; the landing gear; the wheel wells; the gun doors; and the rudder actuator arm.
Begin with the Radiator and oil cooler. This modification requires you to sand off the detail on the intake and outlet bulkheads on the radiator and the oil cooler, and then you can attach the Eduard parts. These fit perfectly. Then you install a 1/32” wide mount plate and probe for the temperature sensor for the radiator. This change will try your patience, but I did it, so you should be able to as well. Then put the radiator and oil cooler fairings on the wing and you are done with them.
Next do the gear wells. There are detail plates for the strut well and the tire well. The tire well part requires a bit of plastic removal to install, which is called out in the instructions.
The gear doors are a three-part solution. The inner door is covered with rivet detail, so you will need to emboss the door with a ball-point pen over a surface, such as a cutting mat. This assembly is then folded under the inner door brace longerons, which strengthens the overall door. To this is cemented the outer skin. A bit of superglue and careful lineup, and this modification is done.
Brake lines are included, and with careful cutting they come off the fret clean. These are installed along with tie-down rings on the upper gear strut.
The rudder actuator requires you to cut the chunky kit item off of the actual model kit, and then install the Eduard item. Simple superglue work! These are then cemented to the landing gear.
I am constantly amazed at how our friends at Eduard come up with all these sets. This is just one more example of why I will never be in contests because I don’t have the skills… but these guys do!
Full marks to Eduard, and thanks to the reviewer corps leadership for the challenge.