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US Navy Personnel 1942
US Navy Personnel 1942
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by: Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]

The Kit
Eduard's US Navy Personnel 1942 figure set comes in their standard top opening cardboard box. In it there are two dark tan plastic sprues, a small photoetched fret and an instruction sheet.

With what is provided on the two plastic trees, you can assemble six crew members doing various maintenance work. Three are working on the engine and have small PE tools in their hands and the other three are loading the ammunition belts into the armament bays of the aircraft. The poses of the plastic figures are not quite the same as on the box cover. For example there is no man wearing glasses holding a case, or others kneeling over a toolbox. Instead you have those handling the ammo belts (which are provided as PE parts) and an injected ammunition box.

The overall moulding quality is typical of Eduard. If you already have an Eduard figure kit, you won't be surprised. The figures are molded is several pieces (two legs, torso, two arms and the head) and this doesn't make the assembly easy. Sometimes it gives an "unnatural" look to the figures but in the case of these Navy figures, I don't think it is that bad. I found sink marks on some torsos but nothing too dramatic.

The additional photoetched fret is a nice touch and I wish Eduard would include one in all their figures sets. Like I said before, ammunition belts are provided as well as screwdrivers, wrenches, a hammer etc...

Conclusion
This is a nice and interesting figures set, especially with the additional PE parts, even if you get less for the same price when you compare this one to some older references produced by Eduard (Japanese and Luftwaffe set for example). However if you want to do an U.S. WWII Navy diorama, it's the only game in town if you exclude the expensive resin alternatives.
SUMMARY
Highs: Good overall quality. Additional PE fret.
Lows: Some sink marks. No pilot figure.
Verdict: This set is recommended if you need figures for an U.S. WWII carrier based diorama.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 8506
  Suggested Retail: 12.95$
  PUBLISHED: Sep 22, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.63%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

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About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)
FROM: MOSELLE, FRANCE

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.

Copyright 2019 text by Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Nice review, was interested in this set. It's a shame that Eduard has developed the habit of the box art figures not matching the contents. Certainly not going to increase sales that way, especially if someone is only interested in one or two of the figures.
SEP 22, 2007 - 11:26 AM
   

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