U-boat IXC Set 2
Set 2 of Eduard's PE for the new Revell U-505 in 1/72 scale consists of detail for the deck plus the armament. I’m not particularly “into” photo etch, but when asked I accepted, since I had the opportunity to build the sub. This set consists of one sheet of brass.
I started with the deck plates, as I thought they would be the easiest components. Although the instructions show that Eduard wants the builder to remove various kit parts which they mark in red, there was no removal needed for these parts. I found, however, that removing the kit details (rivets) in the areas where the plates fit worked much better because that way they lie flat. They fit great and adhered nicely with super glue. (I used Bob Smith Industries thin CA for attaching them).
I built the armament last, as it was more complicated. With this section of the fret, there is some removal of kit plastic parts required, plus bending and folding of the PE. I thought all this extra detail was excellent, except for the main gun muzzle flash, which was undersized - I left the Revell kit part in place instead, along with the gun seats. They were flat with no lightening holes, which the Revell kit seats had.
Other than the gun muzzle, the Eduard parts fit great and added a refined look to the armament and deck. As for skill level needed, this PE set consisted of more parts than I had done previously, but I can recommend it to anyone with just a little experience with PE.
My thanks to IPMS/USA and to Eduard for the opportunity to review this subject.