EDUARD WILDCAT WING FOLDS AND WHEELS

The Czech company has busied itself with producing aftermarket upgrades for its recent 1/48 F4F-4, which now include late-type wheels and folded wings.

EDUARD WILDCAT WING FOLDS AND WHEELS

Eduard’s 1/48 Wildcat has won over an army of modellers due to its quality of detail and design. While you can produce a wonderful replica straight from the box, many modellers may wish to improve or transform it via the firm’s bespoke aftermarket items. The latest products are a set of late wheels and a more involved package allowing you to portray the aircraft with folded wings.

The wheel set (648816) offers stunningly detailed cast resin wheels with integral hubs, but you also receive optional 3D-printed resin hub outer hub spokes, plus PE hub covers for airframes so equipped. Different tailwheels, also in 3D-printed resin are present too. Completing the package is a sheet of pre-cut kabuki tape masks for the main and tailwheels. This set costs £5.24 direct from Eduard.

See a full build of Eduard's 1/48 new-tool F4F-3 Wildcat

EDUARD WILDCAT WING FOLDS AND WHEELS

Above: The 3D-printed wing-fold inserts are impressively detailed.

Ready for the lift...

Much more involved is the wing-fold boxing (648818, £15.26). Here, you get a full set of styrene wings, which need cutting along prescribed panel lines and grinding on the inside either side of the cut lines. The truly impressive items, though, are the 3D-printed wing-fold inserts. These are superb and while it may take time and a delicate approach to separate them from the printing plinths, they will look amazing once installed and painted. Other resin parts replace portions removed from the styrene wings, but a thoughtful addition is that of winding handles, which the deck crew used to effect the folds. Small photo-etched brass plates are present too. While all the detail is noteworthy, it is advisable to have plenty of photographic reference to help you carry out this project. This set costs £15.26 and will bring a whole new dimension to your Wildcat build. Both items are available via Eduard but also in the UK from Hannants.

EDUARD WILDCAT WING FOLDS AND WHEELS

Above: The wing-fold set also provides styrene wing halves, which require surgery.