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Ju 88A-4 Exterior
Designed for the Revell Kit
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by: Tim Hatton [ LITESPEED ]

The very well received Revell 1/72 Ju 88 A-4 has the Eduard treatment with a selection of photo etched parts for the exterior. Inside the re sealable bag is a single photo etched fret and a set of instructions.

Contents

Items contained with this release include:
-Detailing for both the undercarriage bays and gear.
-Dive brakes.
-Under fuselage antennae.
-Radio direction antennae.
-Landing light fairing.
-Flap and aileron actuators.
-Crew ladder.
-Fins and bracing for the bombs.
-Jigs for aiding the positioning of the bomb fins.
-Instructions.

Photo Etched parts There are a number of parts to detail the main undercarriage bays, undercarriage and undercarriage doors. Each main gear bay has three PE parts providing detailed panels for the inside of the bays. The main undercarriage oleos have PE torque links, brake pipes, main spar attachment detail as well as a extension to the mud guard fitted to the tail wheel. Each undercarriage door has PE actuators and there are hinges for the tail wheel doors.
The dive brakes are direct replacements for the kit parts and can be displayed open or closed. The under fuselage antennae are also direct replacements. These look particularly delicate so exercise some care when removing them from the fret.. The fairing for the wing mounted landing light is a nice inclusion. Of course this will need to be folded to match the curve of the wings leading edge.
The aileron and flap actuators look particularly good and are a replacement for the kit parts. Eduard have included a crew ladder with this release and it requires careful bending. It looks a bit two dimensional, but will save a lot of effort scratch building it.
I think everybody will appreciate the inclusion on the fret of the fins and braces for the bombs, and bless their cotton socks Eduard have thoughtfully provided a couple of jigs to help the modeler align the PE fins correctly. The bomb fins are each made up from two parts, the fins slide into tiny slots. Depending on which bomb you are using there are PE straight or circular fin braces.

Instructions the black line drawings and symbols help enormously with what to do with the parts and where exactly to place them. Eduard also include the Revell kit part numbers that receive the additional detail.

Conclusions

If you have the Revell 1/72 JU 88A-4 then this set will be invaluable to help you super detail the kit. Nothing to difficult to put together, the most challenging will be shaping the landing light fairing to the correct shape of the leading edge. Nice release Eduard
SUMMARY
Highs: Looks like a fine set to acquire to super detail the Revell kit.
Lows: The ladder looks two dimensional.
Verdict: This will be a set well worth acquiring to add some significantly improved detail to the Revell kit. Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 72531
  Suggested Retail: 14,95
  PUBLISHED: Apr 20, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.86%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.49%

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About Tim Hatton (litespeed)
FROM: ENGLAND - NORTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

Aircraft are my primary interest from WWll to present day.

Copyright 2019 text by Tim Hatton [ LITESPEED ]. 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.



   

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