Having seen the Facebook posts that Eduard had been doing during the preparation for the kit I knew this kit was going to be something special. Then having read the review on Hyperscale that Jennings had done and reading that he was impressed with it I was even more keen to get my hands on one.
All I can say is “Wow!” I was blown away with the attention to detail and love that had gone into this kit. Without a doubt it is the benchmark of modern jet aircraft kits to date. Nothing even comes close in my book.
For many years I have been jealous over the sort of ‘out of the box’ detail that armour modelers have been able to get with Dragon 35th scale kits and was frustrated that we aircraft guys didn’t have the same level of detail in our current kits. Well now the wait is over for that sort of ‘out of the box’ detail! This kit has it all!
There is quite a lot crammed into the box, as you can see! Plastic parts, colour photo etch, masks, resin & decals. The plastic parts, in dark grey, which I much prefer to Eduards normal grey/green colour, are right up there detail wise with Hasegawa and Tamiya. In fact I even think this kit’s plastic parts surpass Hasegawa and Tamiya! I’ve taken some close-up photos so you can get an idea of what I mean.
Note the fine raised rivet detail!
Now if you agree that the plastic parts are good, then you’re going to love the colour photo etch!
Now on to the resin parts!
I hope these images have helped you to see for yourself that this kit is indeed something quite special!
Next challenge, building it!
But first, I'll need to find a match for that very strange cockpit colour! Eduard recomends Gunze Sangyo H46 Emerald Green.
It's close, but not quite the same. I'll do some mixing experiments tomorrow and get back to you.
So, was this review with these sorts of large clear images helpful to you? I did it this way simply because it is something I always look for in a review but very rearly see. Anyway let me know what you thought of it.