|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Injection moulded kit with prototype decals for the 2-seat version|
The new multi-role EF-2000 fighter is a development by a consortium of British, German, Italian and Spanish industries. There were delays of economical and technical nature at first and several prototypes have been built in the late nineties. Following the single seat version, a twin seat variant was designated for pilot training and precision missile attack missions. It has the same air to air combat features as a fighter, but is equipped with specialised electronic gear.
31 at Norvenich Air Base, Jbg 33 at Buchal Air Base and Jbg 71 at Wittmund Air
ader 31 at Norvenich Air Base, Jbg 33 at Buchal Air Base and Jbg 71 at Wittmund Air Base.
This is a very detailed kit of the 2-seat version of the Eurofighter. Other kits of the Eurofighter have already appeared depicting the aircraft at different stages during development and although the Italeri kit is not quite to the production version standard there is a way to add the required changes so that I could represent my kit of the Eurofighter to the standard that it appeared in service with JG 73 'Steinhoff Laage', at Berlin in May 2006.
The kit is moulded in light grey plastic; free from flash and has engraved panel lines. There is painting instructions on parts as you go along with the kit assembly. Both cockpit instrument panels are embossed which make it easy to hand paint although at this scale one may prefer to use decal sheet with printed instruments. There are two large under wing tanks and six AIM-120 missiles and twp AIM-9L/M sidewinders. The nose mounted refuelling probe can be assembled in the extended position and on the whole it is a straight forward kit with a crystal clear canopy that reveals any extra work that one could add to the cockpit interior. The decal sheet is somewhat brief with markings looking grossly oversize to me. I put away in preference to others from my spares box. The kit sheet caters for a British or an Italian machine.
The first stage of construction concerned the cockpit where separate throttles, instrument panels, control sticks, seats are provided. The crew seats are rather simple and come in separate pieces with harness detail moulded on. The dark gull grey cockpit consists of nine items which are put together and painted before transferred to one side of the fuselage. I added side console decal instruments using Eurofighter decal spares. Nose weight added to nose cone to ensure it stands on the nose wheel. The air brake aft of cockpit can be fitted extended or closed. The main wing parts come in three separate items and are assembled complete with an interior blanking plate, and wing tip ecm fairings.. The consoles are glued in one position while the 3 part jet pipe nozzles, which come in closed configuration, are fixed in place. The rest of assembly consists of adding the undercarriage and wheel well doors and refuelling probe that I preferred to assemble in the extended position to show some indication of detail to overcome the overall impression that the design of a modern fighter seems to lack.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
In general this was not a complex update and maybe also within anyone’s reach, but in doing so one opens the chances for a wider spectrum of markings on production version of the Eurofighter that is now starting to emerge at a quick pace in European skies.
Carmel J. Attard
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