Key Model World looks at recently released Eduard aftermarket sets designed for various Airfix kits.
The joy of Airfix kits is that they offer good quality moulding at a reasonable price. However, they’re also a great starting point for more experienced modellers to add further detail, and a fine way to do this is with Eduard’s bespoke accessories. Here are several recent items aimed squarely at Airfix toolings you may find useful…
491073 Tiger Moth 1/48 (above)
Two photo-etched brass frets are supplied here – one plain, the other pre-coloured. These carry many interior features and structural details, such as a new rear seat, with harnesses for that and the front seat, a new cockpit floor, rudder pedals and instrument panels. Accompanying these are cockpit access doors, extras for the radiator, an engine cowling panel, aileron/elevator/rudder control horns, and strut securing plates. £9.82
491074 P-51D-5 interior 1/48
Again, two different frets are provided, supplying coloured instrument panel parts (with superb dial detail), switch boxes/panels, rear canopy frame, a new seat (but also parts with which to improve the kit item), embellishment for the radio deck and more. £9.82
491082 Hunter F.4 1/48
The plain brass fret in this set is dominated by new inner framework for the airbrake, and sides for the kit ejection seat, but also present are details for the engine face and undercarriage legs. On the coloured frame sit instrument panels and side consoles, canopy/windscreen trim, rudder pedals and a gun sight item. Clear acerate is supplied for gun sight glass. £11.08
73763 Mosquito B Mk.XVI 1/72
Airfix’s triumphant Mosquito can be further improved with this two-fret package, which comprises many details. On offer here is a new pilot’s seat (and harnesses for this and the navigator’s seat), radios and a wealth of other cockpit embellishment – instrument panel and sidewall details, rudder pedals etc. Even more impressive, though, is the large array of features for the bomb bay. £11.92
SS763 Mosquito B Mk.XVI 1/72
This is simply the single pre-coloured fret from the above-mentioned set, for modellers who wish to confine their focus to the cockpit. £6.31
CX618 Mosquito B Mk.XVI Masks 1/72
A useful set of tape masks that will provide protection for the canopy and tailwheel. £5.47
All these sets are available direct from Eduard (www.eduard.com) and the prices quoted here are for that firm’s website, but they can also be found at Hannants in the UK.